Blog Tag: Oceans

Microbeads

Posted by Peter MUIR

microbeadsA recent post on this blog highlighted the new video about the story of microdbeads. Microbeads are very small pieces of plastic found in many regularly used household products such as toothpaste and facial creams.  These tiny balls of plastic do biodegraded, and as such remain in our natural ecosystems – mainly in our waterways as that is where they end up after being washed down our sinks.  Microbeads are found in increasing numbers in seas and marine organisms – and yes, if they end up in fish, and you eat fish, they can end up inside you!

So, every time you brush your teeth or wash your face, you are more than likely polluting our environment!

Some European-based NGOs have developed an App that allows consumers to scan personal care products with their smartphone to check for the presence of plastic microbeads.  Not only can this App help us be more ethical consumers, it also provides us with an example of the use of technology in Community Engagement.  What App could you design to help make the changes we need in our communities?

Ban the Bead

Posted by Peter MUIR

The Story of Stuff Project has released a new video that aims to educate about microbeads  and the impact they have on the environment.

Why not take action to and get involved in banning the bead.  Investigate more about the issue, prepare an action plan and then act!  The Story of Stuff website has some ideas and resources to support taking action to ban the bead.

DB Beach Clean Up

Posted by Peter MUIR

DB Green will be hosting their first beach clean up for 2015 this Saturday.  This will take place at Nim Shue Wan – the beach near the ferries going to Mui Wo and Peng Chau from 1-4pm.

DB beach clean ups 2015

 

The DB Green beach cleanups are for individuals, families, community groups and school students to make a positive difference to the beaches and sea. Everyone is welcome! Washable and reusable cotton gloves will be supplied (you are also welcome to bring your own), as will trash bags (for landfill and for recycling), water bottle refills and first aid.

Please wear appropriate clothing for the weather and shoes that protect your feet. Bring your own refillable water bottle please (not single use disposable water bottles- as that would be wasting plastic!), sunscreen and insect repellent.

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!

Waste to Art – an invite

Posted by Peter MUIR

Lantau artist and activist Liina Klauss is holding a waste-to-art installation 31.10 – 01.11. at Shui Hau beach on Lantau Island.  The amount of trash washed ashore this year is unprecedented and a request is made to for nature and art lovers alike to get involved in cleaning up the beach and watching art in progress.  In Liina’s words “let’s get as many hands as possible to make this installation a huge one to show the world this ugly truth!”
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Heroic Swim Around Lantau Island for Plastic Free Seas

Posted by Peter MUIR

Bruce Pye is embarking on a monumental task. This experienced marathon and triathlon sportsman has pledged to swim around the entire Lantau Island – a staggering 75km – in order to raise awareness of the environmental impact of plastic.

A gruelling swim over five consecutive days will see Bruce start his journey on Tai Pak beach in Discovery Bay on 29 October 2014 at 7.45am. He will cover approximately 15km each day. Following the completion of each leg, Bruce will participate in a beach cleanup alongside local schools, clubs, corporates and interested members of the public. The goals of this adventure are to: raise awareness of the issue of plastics in the South China Sea, undertake research looking at the plastic load in the South China Sea, and raise money for Plastic Free Sea’s Education and Research Sea Classroom which will be launched later this year.

The targeted beaches are: Luk Keng Bay (near Sunny Bay MTR), Tung Chung Bay, Fan Lau (south-western tip of Lantau Island) and Shui Hau Wan (near Tong Fuk). Bruce will repeat the process of swimming and doing beach cleanups until 2 November 2014, when a celebratory lunch will be held to present the ceremonial cheque for the funds raised so far from the event. All the proceeds will go to Plastic Free Seas, a charity dedicated to educating children on plastic marine pollution. Fundraising will continue until the end of November.

PFS Bruce swimWhen asked for his reaction to the highly positive feedback he has received from the public, an excited Bruce replied, “Plastic Free Seas is a wonderful organisation, teaching our children about an issue that has always been very close to my heart. I’ve always wanted to give back and this event is exactly that. We need to make sure that the world we leave behind for our children is in a better state than when we entered it.”

People who would like to sponsor Bruce on his amazing and challenging journey can visit www.justgiving.com/75kmswimchallenge to make a donation which will support Plastic Free Seaseducation programmes, specifically their education and research vessel.

Businesses interested in making a donation or sponsoring the event should contact info@sportsworld.hk for more information

About Bruce Pye

Bruce Pye, a long-term resident of Hong Kong, is currently a Captain with Cathay Pacific and is the Managing Director at Sports World, a store selling high-end sports apparel, gear and products to people with an active lifestyle. He is also a frequent competitor in marathons, triathlons and ironman races. A keen athlete, he likes to put his athletic skills to useful causes, the most recent being the Marathon Des Sables, a 251km footrace in the sweltering Saharan desert heat. It was an easy decision for him to choose to support Plastic Free Seas in his newest adventure.

About Plastic Free Seas

plasticfreeseaslogoPlastic Free Seas was registered as a charitable non-profit organisation in Hong Kong in 2013, and is dedicated to advocating change in the way people view and use plastics in society today, through education and action campaigns.

Solution-based education has been Plastic Free Seas’ focus, and in the past year they have reached more than 5000 kindergarten to university students in over 40 schools with talks and programmes. The aim is that by understanding the issues related to plastic waste and pollution, people will choose to use less plastic and therefore less plastic will end up in the ocean, polluting the waters, affecting the fish and entering the food chain.

Plastic Free Seas also works with companies, community groups and the HKSAR Government on action campaigns and awareness events.

The proceeds from this fundraiser will enable the Plastic Free Seas Education and Research Sea Classroom to be operational in 2014.  A converted ex-fishing trawler will take secondary school students out onto the water to experience and participate in science-based learning programmes at sea.  This environmental Sea Classroom is the first of its kind in Hong Kong.

Why you should celebrate World Oceans Day

Posted by Peter MUIR

World Oceans Day, held annually on June 8, serves to remind us about the importance of our oceans, and that we have a reason to celebrate and honor the ocean.

The world’s ocean:

  • Generates most of the oxygen we breathe
  • Helps feed us
  • Regulates our climate
  • Cleans the water we drink
  • Offers a pharmacopoeia of potential medicines
  • Provides limitless inspiration
  • If you are in Yr 11 and you are keen to get involved in organising activities to celebrate World Oceans Day at DC, please email Ms Belcher – gabbie.belcher@dc.edu.hk – to sign up!

DB Green Beach clean up this Sunday

Posted by Peter MUIR

Beach-cleanup-2014

DB Green will be hosting a beach clean up this Sunday – the second last beach cleanup before the summer holidays.   They will supply gloves, bags and water refills.  You need to take a reusable water bottle.   Please wear sturdy shoes and sun protection.

Meet Sunday 1pm on Nim Shue Wan beach!

DB Green are also looking for a few adult or older teenage volunteers for a special beach cleanup on Sam Pak Wan on Saturday May 10 at 9am for about 3 hours. We are doing a trial for a 2-year marine waste study, organised by WWF.  We will be documenting the trash within a defined area on the beach. Please send an email to dana@plasticfreeseas.org if you can help.

HK Shark Foundation Petition

Posted by Peter MUIR

Here is a message form the Hong Kong Shark Foundation about their petition to ban the sale and possession of shark fin…

We would like to invite you to sign the petition “Legislate a ban on the sale and possession of shark fin in Hong Kong” which will be used to lobby the Hong Kong government to ban the unsustainable trade from Hong Kong.

SharkWhy it is important
Over the past two years, 60% of Hong Kong’s top hotels have either banned shark fin soup or taken it off their menus, providing it on request only. Companies have committed to end serving shark at their functions, and several leading airlines have said they will no longer transport shark fin. Even the Government of Hong Kong has pledged to ban shark fin from official functions – if the Government recognizes that shark fin has no place at its functions, banning the unsustainable trade from Hong Kong is the next logical step.

Ocean Art Walk invite

Posted by Peter MUIR

OceanArtWalk2014

Dates: 12 April – 4 May
Venue: Stanley Promenade and Stanley Plaza
Free exhibition: Daily
Free dance performances: 12 April (2:30pm), plus 13, 19 and 20 April (12pm, 2pm and 4pm)
Free guided tours: 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 April, 3, 4 May (11am, 1pm), pre-registration required at yan@hkyaf.com
Enquiries: 2877 2779