Daily Archives: September 5, 2013
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Local NGO Plastic Free Seas is looking for students who are passionate about the environment and are willing to commit to their efforts.
A key part of this (potential) CAS project is to conduct a scientific experiment. The experiment will research the effect of long-term exposure in sea water on various plastic (waste) items. The idea would be to take a sample of different types of plastic items (bags, cups, straws, cutlery, toys, packaging) made from biodegradable, recycled, degradable, ‘normal’, foamed, PET, LDPE, HDPE, PS, and bio plastic, take baseline data, and then put the plastics in a sturdy cage. The cage will then be anchored at a suitable point that has a constant water flow and minimal expose to direct sunlight. The items will then be observed at various stages over a long period of time.
In addition to the experiment, the project will involve other tasks to support the aims of Plastic Free Seas, a Hong Kong-based NGO aiming to reduce plastic litter in our marine environment. This will include promoting events and news in social media, assisting with updating websites, recording other data, and assisting in events initiated by Plastic Free Seas.
This opportunity is open to a very small group of Diploma students who are willing to commit over an extended period of time. Email/see Mr Muir if you are interested
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We are looking for four students from Years 10-12 to design a submission for the Plastic Free Seas Youth Conference. This conference will host 100 students from over 25 local and international Hong Kong secondary schools, and will be held at the Science & Technology Park in Shatin from November 21st -23rd 2013.
Keen to Represent DC?
Those DC students selected need to devise a proposal on a plastic reduction related project and submit this prior to the conference. Proposals can be either in digital format, essay form or a piece of art and will need to be submitted by October 11th, 2013. Those four students selected will need to have a dedicated interest in environmental actions.
To get involved, you need to form a group of four students from Year 10 or 11. The get together to develop your plan, and submit your plan using this form. We will then select one group to represent the school, with the criteria being:
- How innovative your plan is
- How easy your plan is to implement
- How realistic your plan is
- How effective your plan will be
The winning group will be announced after the October break.
This proposal will then be presented during the conference. In addition to this, acclaimed international and local speakers as well as a HK Government representative have been invited to present to conference participants on a broad range of topics associated with plastic pollution, personal motivation, campaign building and public engagement.
The goal of the conference is for students to gain a good understanding of the wide-reaching effects of plastic pollution, to be empowered with the knowledge and skills necessary to organize and execute a project within their school or community and be ambassadors within their school for raising awareness on plastic waste issues.
During the conference students will identify an environmental need within their school or community and formulate an action project for this. Throughout the conference they will learn from experts how to plan and execute their project for maximum effect and will be supported with their goals.
Organisers of the event is Plastic Free Seas, a Hong Kong-based NGO committed to reducing plastic pollution, raising awareness and mobilizing individuals, schools and communities to do what we can to make Hong Kong a more sustainable place to live.