Monthly Archives: March 2016

Ideas for action to clean our oceans

Posted by Peter MUIR

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When Tracey Read from Plastic Free Seas spoke to Year 7 students last week, she spoke about a recent report that stated that if we keep producing plastic at predicted rates, and continue disposing of it incorrectly, plastics in the ocean will outweigh fish in 2050! This is an alarming statistic, but one does not have to look far to see this. It is certainly an issue we need to do something about, some ideas for taking action include:
Indirect action – raise funds for a very innovative and exciting method for reducing plastic in our oceans. Check out the robotic vacuum ship and also how organizations such as Avaaz are raising funds to clean up our seas using this device
Advocacy – develop a campaign to persuade DB businesses to avoid using one-use products such as straws and plastic cutlery
Research – collect data on plastic products that wash up on DB beaches
Direct action – avoid unnecessary packaging and plastic when you shop; get involved in beach clean ups; improve your waste management at home

An example of advocacy

Posted by Peter MUIR

Coca-Cola Australia is currently lobbying the New South Wales government to not introduce a law that would directly provide money for plastic bottles. This is something that research has shown would have a direct effect on reducing plastic waste and increase recycling.

This video from Greenpeace Australia  is an example of advocacy – trying to persuade others to change their attitudes and behaviours for the betterment of our community.

What action would you be interested in advocating?  What change would you like to see?

Taking action – improve health & wellbeing

Posted by Peter MUIR

Screen Shot 2016-03-04 at 2.22.44 PMAre you interested in employment in medicine or healthcare? Do you care about the world’s health challenges?

If so, then perhaps you could focus on taking action to help improve health and wellbeing, and help take steps towards achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals 2 (Hunger and Nutrition), 3 (Good Health), and 6 (Clean Water & Sanitation). Some ideas include:

  • Create an awareness campaign aimed at improving nutrition  and an understanding of issues with food security
  • Encourage healthy eating and exercise to fight obesity
  • Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation
  • Promote healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

What other ‘global goals’ could you get involved in addressing?

Clean Shorelines Poster Competition

Posted by Peter MUIR

A government ‘Clean Shorelines’ working group is organising a Clean Shorelines Poster Competition.   Students of primary and secondary schools are invited to design a poster with the theme being  “Protect our coast Leave no trace”

There will be different competition sections, with prizes in each section. The closing date is 31 March 2016 and the winning designs may be considered for the promotional posters for the’Clean Shorelines’ working group. Details of the competition could be found on the ‘Clean Shorelines’ website.

Re-post Dragon Boat Leaders required

Posted by Peter MUIR

The opportunity to sign up to become a DC Cobras Dragon Boat team leader is still open. Click here for details.

Mother’s Choice

Posted by Peter MUIR

mothers-choice-logo-152x200Located next to the fellow ESF school, Island School, Mother’s Choice is a local Hong Kong charity established in 1987. Over the past 28 years, they’ve assisted 51,000 young females through troubling pregnancies, and placed 3,600 children into suitable foster care, as well as connected 1,400 of them with permanent loving parents. They link young couples to professional health care services and support and provide access to educational programs and counseling to learn about sexual health and education.

If you are interested in participating, through means of raising awareness, advocacy, donating or direct service through volunteering, visit Mother’s Choice website  or email volunteers@motherschoice.org for further details and enquiries.

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Speak Out now

Posted by Peter MUIR

amnestyspeakoutnowDo you think refugees in Syria are treated fairly? What are your opinions on the current refugee crisis? Or cases related to child labour?

SPEAK OUT NOW campaign will focus on current issues based on human rights. This opportunity will enable you to express yourself through the arts field, as well as raise awareness on important current issues in your school communities.

Amnesty International Hong Kong is looking for contributors to showcase work that speaks out through their school e-newsletters. Formats include, but not limited to: opinion pieces, academic works (e.g. formative and/or summative assessments), artwork, poems, short stories, testimonies.

The students that are selected to submit their work on the school e-newsletters will have the chance to win a secret gift awarded from Amnesty International, as well as a certificate!

For artworks, the file should be sent in a JPEG or PDF file, whereas written articles need to be around 400-500 words in English. Although themes and submission of works are versatile, Amnesty International Hong Kong will have the final decision towards the publication of works. Send your work to: hre@amnesty.org.hk.

 

Reminder – Nature Works

Posted by Peter MUIR

A reminder of the opportunity to join Nature Works Hong Kong. Organised by the The Nature Conservancy, this is a free program designed to empower students to conceive, test, and launch their own environmental conservation projects in schools and communities across Hong Kong.

Click here to see the original post about this great chance for DC students. Further information and application details can also be found on the Nature Works website.