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EMERGENCY beach cleanups, Saturday 10-12 and 2-4pm

Posted on July 7th, 2016 in Air and Water Quality,Beach Clean-up,Events by Kate Wade

It’s been in the news and on various facebooks- the terrible state of beaches all over Hong Kong!

Can you help Saturday?? We’ve got 2 options. Nim Shue Wan (the beach near the ferry to Mui Wo?) from10-12. Or at North Plaza beach in the afternoon? It took 40 mins the other day and my family of 5 collected 10 bags. So even if you can fill one or 2 bags our beaches would be so happy! Not to mention the poor fish swimming in this muck. The most opportune time to remove rubbish from the ocean is when it is coughed up on to the shore before it gets swept away again. So let’s hope we can get as much as we can!!

Time:

  • 10am 12 noon Nim Shue Wan beach (near Mui Wo ferry pier)
  • 2pm-4pm Sam Pak Wan (North Plaza beach)

Bring: your own NON DISPOSABLE refillable water bottle, insect repellent and sunscreen. And bring lots of friends and family!

Spread the word!

Kate

For those of you who can’t make it tomorrow I plan to leave plastic bags at each location so you can pick up rubbish when you can. Here’s a family I found on the beach this morning picking up rubbish!

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BEACH CLEANUP SUNDAY 1-4pm NSW

Posted on November 6th, 2014 in Air and Water Quality,Beach Clean-up,Events by Kate Wade

Hi DB Green,

Nearing the end of the year and our second to last beach cleanup. This one is at Nim Shue Wan (the beach near where you get the ferry to Peng Chau or Mui Wo).

Date: SUNDAY 9th November

Time: 1-4pm

Where: Nim Shue Wan beach

Bring: Friends and family, sunscreen, your own water bottle (preferably not single use water bottles- they are our nemesis!), insect repellent, hat.  

We will provide: Water to refill your bottle, bags, gloves and a big smile!

Hope to see you there!

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Send off at DB Main Beach 7:30am Wednesday (tomorrow!)

Posted on October 28th, 2014 in Air and Water Quality,Beach Clean-up,Events,Fund Raising by Kate Wade

Dear DB Green,

A 5 day, 75km swim around Lantau Island to raise money for DB based NGO Plastic Free Seas (run by Tracey and Dana) floating classroom kicks off tomorrow!

To help send these 2 incredible DB athletes on their way (Bruce Pye and Olivier Baillet), please show your support by turning up to the main beach tomorrow morning between 7:30am and 7:45am. A large turn out would be awesome!

There are numerous other activities going on over the 5 day swim around Lantau and your support for any you can make would be fantastic. Check out the web page       www.plasticfreeseas.org      or keep up to date on the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PlasticDisasterHongKong?fref=ts

Bring all your kids, friends, family, neighbours, colleagues and see you at the beach!

Kate

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Incinerator- urgent actions you can do!

Posted on May 25th, 2014 in Air and Water Quality,Events by Kate Wade
Please see the information below detailing what is happening about the incinerator and other related waste issues. The incinerator WILL have a huge impact on Discovery Bay, and it is in our best interests to be aware of the issues and make your voice heard via the petitions, the protest, etc. 
 
Please share with your friends and your village residents. The protest is tomorrow so please forward as soon as you can.
 
Watch this short video to understand why the proposed incinerator is not the right solution  http://youtu.be/gg5gq7VIZaM
Thanks,
Dana
 
Dear All

A message from the Living Islands Movement –

Dear Members and Friends

The efforts to stop the Incinerator are continuing in many different ways throughout the community.  Huge thanks to everyone and please, please do continue with your efforts as we are now at a very critical stage.

Here are some of the ways people can continue to help (join in where you can):

1)  Join the protest rally being organized and led by ESF primary students on Monday 26 May.  Meet in the designated demonstration area at the harbour end of LegCo between 1:20-1:30. Kenneth Chan will receive the petitions and speeches at 1:45. It will last around 20-30 minutes.   LIM will supply banners and placards on the 12.10 ferry from Mui Wo and at 1.00 at the designated demonstration area.  Please wear black and / or white clothing (if possible) for maximum impact.

2)  Send letters to the Public Works Subcommittee prior to their vote to approve funding for the incinerator on Tuesday morning.  Keep sending them using the email addresses listed on http://www.livingislands.org.hk/2014/04/26/incinerator-round-2-of-letters-required-to-public-works-subcommittee/

3)  Attend LegCo Public Works Subcommittee meeting which is discussing whether or not to approve funding for the incinerator at 9.00 am on Tuesday 27 May by booking a seat in the public gallery on 3919 3399.  This vote is no longer 3 (landfill extensions) + 1 (incinerator).  The landfill extensions have now all been approved by Public Works Subcommittee – if there is no-one in the public gallery on Tuesday our legislators might conclude that there is no opposition to the incinerator.  The East Lantau Metropolis (title on agenda of: 768CL Strategic studies for artificial islands in the Central Waters) will also be discussed at this meeting – but is the 5th item on the agenda so could be deferred.  http://www.legco.gov.hk/yr13-14/english/fc/pwsc/agenda/pwsc20140527.htm

4)  Share the video made by Cecilie Gamst Berg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMDkiCV8fzc&list=UUPPbkeYjWvH-h95Pz_N4nIA&feature=share

You will probably recognize some of the valiant participants!

5) Submissions have been sent to the Town Planning Board supporting the IWMAG proposal to have sorting, separation and recycling facilities at all landfills (due on Friday 23 May though keep sending – http://wastehk.org/2014/05/11/submissions-due-by-23-may-for-rezoning-application-to-the-tpb/)

6)  Sign the petition calling for the HK Government to Reduce Waste at Source http://supporthk.org/i.php/View/424?_lang=en

7)  Visit this website which provides insights into the background of Government advisors on the Waste issue http://hk-realepd.org/waste-management

And those are just what we know about!  Of course there are the great range of letters being sent into the newspapers too.

So keep up the momentum everyone.  If you know of other events then let us know and also post them on our Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/LivingIslandsMovement

In addition to these activities,  the LIM Committee is working on the issue of the East Lantau Megatropolis, the funding for which is also due to be discussed by the Public Works Subcommittee on Tuesday.

Finally, we really need some help with keeping our website updated.  Please contact us if you know or want to learn how to use WordPress.

Regards
The LIM Committee

Youth Conference fundraising- help needed!

Posted on October 10th, 2013 in Air and Water Quality,Beach Clean-up,Events,Fund Raising,Recycling,Resources by Kate Wade

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Hi DB Green,

As you may know our very own beach cleanup organiser (and my personal hero) Tracey Read, now has her very own NGO called Plastic Free Seas! Right now she is organising a Youth Conference in November for 100 students and 25 teachers, from 25 schools, with the aim of empowering those 25 schools  to make some radical changes in their waste management practices. A huge ambition with huge potential to reach so many… but also with a huge cost.

Tracey is working really hard on setting this up, gathering people, resources and developing the program- the first we hope of an annual youth conference. She is completely unpaid so all her time, effort and energy is fuelled by her vision of what we can do to help Hong Kong and benefit our oceans, beaches, landfill, schools, homes and most importantly our minds! There is no doubt we need a mental shift in the way we consume and use disposable items.

Tracey needs money to help with the expenses of this first conference. Everything helps and donations from you- either through your business or as a personal donation would be gratefully received and is tax deductible. There are some great ‘purchases’ you can make too- I’ve got myself a plastic free seas t-shirt and Kleen Kanteen water bottle! Tracey has set up a donation platform at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/plastic-free-seas-youth-conference-2013 Please note the donations are in USD not HKD. Please forward this link to any friends or companies who you think might like to help with this excellent educational and action planned event.

PFS YC 2013

Many thanks for your support from all of us at DB Green!

Kate Wade

P.S. What disposable items are you using today? Can you make a change and bring your own container, cutlery, mug tomorrow and from now on? Reuse your paper and envelopes? I’m making a change- from now on I am bringing my only cutlery everywhere I go! No more disposable knives forks and chopsticks for me! Tracey is working on a portable cutlery pack you can pop in your bag so keep an eye out for that one!

Incinerator protest Saturday 22nd June

Posted on June 18th, 2013 in Air and Water Quality,Events by Kate Wade
Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays
From Discovery Bay From Mui Wo
7.15 a.m.* 7.45 a.m.*
8.45 a.m.# 9.15 a.m.#
10.45 a.m. 11.15 a.m.
11.45 a.m.# 12.15 p.m.#
1.15 p.m. 1.45 p.m.
3.05 p.m.# 3.35 p.m.#
4.15 p.m. 4.45 p.m.
6.15 p.m. 6.45 p.m.
8.05 p.m. 8.30 p.m.
* Operate on Saturday (except public holiday) only
# Operate on Sunday and public holiday only

Above is the ferry timetable from DB to Mui Wo…. and back.

Check out the facebook page for the latest info…..https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Naked-Islands-Project-HK/160150074157623?ref=hl

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Yesterdays SCMP article

Posted on May 6th, 2013 in Air and Water Quality,Beach Clean-up,Resources by Kate Wade

Dear DB Green,

This article really struck me as something everyone should be aware of. Take a look. http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1230183/plight-hong-kongs-pink-dolphins

Suggestions on action?

Kate

Beach Cleanup Sunday for an EXTRA green St Paddy’s Day!

Posted on March 16th, 2013 in Air and Water Quality,Beach Clean-up,Events by Kate Wade

Hi DB Greenies,

Just in case you haven’t quite got round to marking the years beach cleanups into your diary, here’s a little reminder that we have a beach cleanup Sunday at 1-4 pm at Nim Shue Wan- the beach on the way to the Marina Club. Hope you can make it!

Don’t forget to wear some green today for St Patricks Day!

See you there!

Kate

Community event

Do you have a few hours spare a month?

Are you keen to give something back to the community?

Discovery Bay’s local non-profit environmental group, DB Green, is meeting in Hemingway’s on February 20 at 7.30pm to discuss activities & events planned for 2013.

We invite all members of the community to come along to this open evening and hear how you can make a positive difference in your community, share ideas you may have for environmental activities in DB, and find out how to make DB a greener place to live!

We need people to join the team and help with recycling projects, beach cleanup, tree planting, website & social media, flea markets, school projects, admin and more.

DB Green for our community

Wednesday   20th February, Hemingway’s 7.30 pm

Wine by Barefoot

Snacks by Hemingway’s

Other giveaways 

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CAN network msg: Government earmarks $10 billion to get polluting vehicles off the roads…

Posted on January 29th, 2013 in Air and Water Quality by Kate Wade

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Government earmarks $10 billion for “carrot and stick” measures to get commercial diesel vehicles off roads


    The announcement that $10 billion will be earmarked to facilitate measures to eliminate the oldest, polluting vehicles is a clear sign of the current administration’s determination and commitment to tackling roadside pollution.  

CAN sees the Government’s “carrot and stick” approach as a welcome and reasonable first step – the tiered ex-gratia payments, with progressively smaller subsidies given to owners of older vehicles, reflect the “polluter pays” principle, a stance that CAN strongly supports.


However, a point of concern is that the dates of implementation to ban the most polluting vehicles are rather delayed. The earliest date will be 2016. According to the Hedley Environmental Index, from 2005 to 2011, air pollution killed, on average, 3,200 people per year. The public’s health is under dire threat and cannot wait another three years for roadside air quality to show improvement. 

 

CAN recommends that the schedule for banning polluting vehicles be moved up by one year and regulations for vehicle inspection and maintenance be tightened. Long term solutions are also needed and CAN hopes that the Environmental Bureau, the Transport and Housing Bureau and the Council for Sustainable Development will work together to put forth specific measures for smart urban planning soon. 

You can read the press release here

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