Monthly Archives: November 2014

Hong Kong’s Ecological Footprint hits a record high

Posted by Peter MUIR

globalfootprintAccording to the Living Planet Report 2014 published by WWF across the world, global wildlife populations have declined by 52 per cent in the last 40 years! Humanity’s Ecological Footprint is now 1.5 times the available biocapacity – in other words, it takes 18 months for the Earth to regenerate what humanity consumes in 12 months.

The situation in Hong Kong is even worse: our per capita Ecological Footprint recently hits a record high of 5.4 global hectares – the 15th largest in the world. This huge “ecological deficit” ranks Hong Kong as first in Asia – not something that those living in Hong Kong should be proud of. To put it in perspective, if everybody on the planet lived a Hong Kong lifestyle, we would require 3.1 Earths to fulfil our resource needs.

All Hong Kong residents have a shared responsibility in reducing our impact on the planet.  Businesses, citizens and schools alike need to put real effort into reducing our Ecological Footprint today.  WHat could you do to reduce your personal eco-footprint?  How could you reduce your family’s eco-footprint?  And what about DC’s – how could we reduce our impact?  There are many opportunities for students to lead the way and make change here – change that could make a difference in the impact we have on our planet.  Of course, such meaningful action would be a valued part of your Community Engagement efforts.   Speak to Mr Muir if you are keen to learn more.

WWF tracking sustainable seafood awareness

Posted by Peter MUIR

WWFlogoThe idea of sustainable seafood is becoming more popular around the world. Here in HK, WWF-Hong Kong has been promoting the concept to seafood suppliers across the city. They have recently received some great news: two of Hong Kong’s major seafood suppliers recently reviewed their records and found that sales of sustainable seafood increased by an average of 100% between 2010 to 2013 – equivalent to an increase of 1,200 tonnes!

Now, WWF-Hong Kong want to know what consumers think about sustainable seafood. Please help them by filing out the online “Consumer Demand for Sustainable Seafood Survey”. Your responses will be crucial to helping us track the progress of their conservation work!

Volunteer at a UN Anniversary Function

Posted by Peter MUIR

UN logoThe world made a set of commitments to children 25 years ago when it adopted the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which upholds the human rights of all children. With the 25th anniversary of the CRC on 20 November this year, UNICEF HK will join child advocates to celebrate worldwide and invites you to volunteer to support their celebrations.
There are opportunities for a number of events, held between 16 November – 1 January 2015
Time: 2 time slots (1 p.m. – 5 p.m. / 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. )
Venue: Grand Century Place, 193 Prince Edward Road West, Mongkok
Duties: Assist the operation of CRC@25 celebration exhibition
Volunteers should be 16 years old or above and attend a briefing session on 7 November 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. or 8 November 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at UNICEF HK office at 3/F, 60 Blue Pool Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong.  For more details contact: Mr Yeung 2338 5151 / edu@unicef.org.hk