Monthly Archives: September 2013

Plastic Free Seas Project

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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.

plasticfreeseaslogoIn 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

Plastic Free Seas Youth Conference

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plasticfreeseaslogoWe 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:

  1. How innovative your plan is
  2. How easy your plan is to implement
  3. How realistic your plan is
  4. How effective your plan will be

The winning group will be announced after the October break.

The Conference

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.

Want to be an Environmental Leader in the ESF forum?

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RCHK Year 13 student Kevin Cheung, the Chair of the ESF Student Environment Forum, is looking for two students to represent DC in the ESF student environmental forum.   This is a fantastic opportunity for students to get involved in directing ESF schools to becoming more environmentally friendly, and would provide those involved with great experience in this inter-school initiative.

Those chosen to represent DC will be expected to be active participants at once per term meetings to achieve the committee’s goals and facilitate ESF-wide strategy.

We would like to have one student from our middle school and one senior school student to represent DC.  Naturally, those who apply would need to be enthusiastic about environmental sustainability.  Keen to get involved?  Complete this application form before Friday September 6th.

CAS / C&S Idea – Fisheries Conversation

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Without urgent attention, we could be the last generation that catches food from the oceans.  Fish stocks around the globe are being depleted by never seen before consumption, consumption that is not sustainable.    According to Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan “the marine environment is facing challenges that, if not addressed immediately and effectively, will have profound implications for sustainable development.”

msc labelWhat could you do to address this issue as a part of your CAS / C&S programme?  Develop a plan that aims to increase awareness about the issue; educate people about their seafood-consumption habits; advocate for people to only eat seafood that comes from well-managed fisheries – such as those listed in this document from World Wildlife Fund Hong Kong – wwfhk_seafood_guide

Feeding Hong Kong Bread Run

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Feeding HK logoHelp Feeding Hong Kong bridge the gap between hunger and food waste by helping them collect fresh bread and sandwiches from shops across Hong Kong at closing time.

The Bread Run engages individual and pairs of volunteers in the nightly collection of surplus fresh bread. Each bread runner visits 1-2 stores at closing time to pick up the surplus and then delivers the items to a designated FHK drop-off point.  All bread run donations are redistributed via the FHK charity network the same night or first thing the following morning.

There are three ways you could get involved in Feeding HKs Bread Run –
1. Become a weekly FHK volunteer
2. Join the FHK monthly Bread Run
3. Host a dedicated Bread Run for a group of volunteers

For more details, visit the bread run website.

TEDxYouth@DiscoveryCollege

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TEDx_logoIn late November this year DC will again be hosting its very own TED event, and is looking for students to help organize it.  TEDxYouth@DiscoveryCollege  will be one of many TEDxYouthDay events held around the world to celebrate Universal Children’s Day.  These events are designed to empower and inspire young people, and will present a combination of live speakers and TEDTalks to audiences around the world.  If you are keen to become a member for the organizing committee – click on this link and submit the form.  Ask Mr Muir for more details.

United Nations Day @

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October 24 has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948.  As a part of DC’s Community Engagement we will this year celebrate this day at our school, and we need a small group of Year 10 students to form the organizing committee.  This group will plan and run our event, which will have the lens of International Mindedness focusing on issues such as intercultural understanding, human rights, peace, development, and tolerance.   Click here and sign up today (there is a limit on how many people can join this C&S Project).

Looking for Nude Food Dudes

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Nude food is where you minimize (or eliminate) the waste that you leave over after you have eaten your lunch.  Plastic wrappers, plastic bottles, chip packets, biscuit wrappers – all of these things end up in our rubbish dumps.  Here in Hong Kong, we produce over 6,450,000 tonnes of rubbish a year that goes to landfills, and these landfills are filling up rapidly.

Keen to do something about this?  Keen to be a Nude food dude, and encourage others to go nude?  Then click here to sign up for the DC Nude Food Day committee, and get involved in organizing the DC Nude Food Day.  (This is only open to Year 11 students – and yes, it can be a C&S Project).  Sign up today!

 

 

World Food Day – volunteers wanted

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World Food Day logoDid you know that about a third of all food produced globally is wasted?  Here in Hong Kong, according to Friends of the Earth (HK), we produce over 3,000 tonnes of food waste every year!  Then of course there are the food issues of famine and ensuring that we produce enough food for an ever-increasing world population.

World Food Day (16th of October every year) is a day declared by the UN General Assembly to aim to heighten public awareness of world food problems and strengthen solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty.  We will be holding events / activities here at DC to celebrate this day as a part of our Community Engagement.  We are asking for Year 9 students to form an committee that will orgniase our involvement.   Keen to get involved?  Then click here and sign up today as there is a limit on how many people can join this committee.   And yes – this would be a C&S Project.