Green Politics talk- St Bonaventure Primary School

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9 January 2015 / We were invited to St. Bonaventure Catholic Primary School, Diamond Hill in Kowloon to give an interactive talk on “Green Politics- Do you have the will to power?”

This talk was developed by our Education Associate Director Dr Vickie Yau for UNESCO Hong Kong Association’s Fostering Global Citizenship Youth Programme 2014-15.

Climate change and globalisation are themes in the Liberal Studies curriculum and this talk goes beyond the basics to engage students in controversies and challenges, and our role and power to make a difference.

Over the 1 hour session, 100 Year 4 students were challenged to think about sustainable and unsustainable aspects of their daily lives such as water, clothing, food and to discuss and present solutions.

Afterwards we were privileged to be shown around the school by Principal Ada Cheung showcasing the students’ urban rooftop farming, green roofs, green walls, gardens, wind turbines, the citrus cleaner composting wall and more. St. Bonaventure was one of the first primary schools to achieve the Hong Kong Green School Award.

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TTT joins Wetland Link International

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Tai Tam Tuk Eco Education Centre has become the newest member of Wetland Link International!

We are Hong Kong’s third member, after Mai Po Wildlife Education Centre and Nature Reserve, and Hong Kong Wetland Park. Read our WLI profile here (Chinese version here).

What is WLI?
The Wetland Link International (WLI- pronounced ‘wellie’) programme is a global network of more than 350 wetland education centres, first set up in 1991. WLI is endorsed by the RAMSAR Convention and coordinated by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) UK.

WLI was created to help organisations and governments develop CEPA (Communication, Education and Public Awareness) at wetland sites through wetland education centres.

What is a wetland education centre?
They bring people and wildlife together for the benefit of both.

They offer numerous opportunities for CEPA activities, formal (schools, universities) and non-formal (general public) learning.

They can be visitor facilities on wetland sites, environmental education centres, field study centres, zoos, museums, community-based projects and programmes.

Cultural heritage is also a feature of wetland education centres.

As WLI members we will work towards promoting wetland CEPA under RAMSAR, and support members running and establishing wetland education centres worldwide.

What is RAMSAR?
The RAMSAR Convention on Wetlands is an intergovernmental treaty dating from 1971 now signed by more than 160 countries, for the conservation and wise use of wetlands.

Designated RAMSAR sites are wetlands of international importance which governments have agreed to protect and ensure their effective management. China has designated 46 RAMSAR sites including Mai Po Marshes and Inner Deep Bay in Hong Kong.

For more information see www.ramsar.org.

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TTT @ Utahloy International School: Pak Lap Camp

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(13-17 October 2014) By Vickie

It was the “week without walls” at Utahloy International School, Zengcheng. Grade 7 and 8 of the school totalling 33 students and 5 staff came to Pak Lap in Sai Kung Hong Kong to do an environmental camp on Trash!

The group was divided into 3 teams rotating between (a) Beach clean-up and hiking, (b) Kayaking, and (c) Abseiling and Raft Building that aim to foster teamwork, leadership skills and service to the community that are some of the key pillars of an IB program.

We were involved for the Beach clean-up activity and we adopted the methodology by Hong Kong Clean-up to contribute to the Trash Report 2014. In total, we cleaned up 290kg of debris that was washed up on the beach at Pak Lap Tsai (22.352769, 114.363797).

In total, we had 42 members working in 3 groups over 3 days, 1 hour of cleaning per day, and about 1.5 to 2 hours of sorting each day. We picked up 811 plastic bottles, 2003 plastic bottle cap, about 5 garbage bags of styrofoam, glass that can fill 2 fruit boxes in the market, 354 straws, 144 disposable utensils, 74 cigarette lighters and about 40KGS of rope and net. The most peculiar item found during the clean up was 127 shoe or sole of a shoe.

The school is committed to a sustainable campus and aims toward a minimal waste campus. Everything is recycled and all food waste go into compost that feed their organic farm. The campus is built within a botanical garden that is managed by a very passionate cultivator of trees and shrubs. Some of the trees on the campus were relocated from the areas that were displaced by the building of the Three Gorges Dam.

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TTT x Amity Foundation: Walk for Living Water 2014 Prize Workshop

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5 July 2014 Workshop and tour of Tai Tam Tuk Raw Water Pumping Station

This our second year in support of Amity Foundation’s Walk for Living Water. Walk for Living Water is a fundraiser and walkathon that imitates the hardship of those living in rural China who has to carry a large load of water due to a lack of access to freshwater. The fundraiser aims to raise money to install access to groundwater supply for the rural community. It has been a true pleasure to offer an educational workshop for the winning participants so that they may learn about the realities we face in Hong Kong with regard to our water.

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TTT @ UNESCO-DHI Aqua Republica

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(22 March 2014) The Eco Challenge for Water and Environment, UNEP-DHI was brought to HK by several partnering organizers. Aqua Republica is a virtual game modelled on real scenarios of water, environment, and human development. Students are required to coordinate and problem solve in order to develop and manage water, land and natural resources to maximize the economic and social welfare that is vital to ecosystems.

Over 60 students from local secondary schools attended the day-long gaming challenge at Science Park. The Eco Challenge will be held again in 2015 in Hong Kong, and we hope to see you there.

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More information on next year’s event here.

TTT x Amity Foundation: SKH Chi Fu Primary School Outreach

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(13 November 2013) This event was one of many outreach efforts with Amity Foundation to promote awareness of water scarcity and the privileges we enjoy in a well-developed infrastructure like Hong Kong.

In a joint effort, Amity Foundation presented on their efforts and experiences in building infrastructure for rural communities in China. We presented on the situation in Hong Kong bringing the matters of water closer to home.

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TTT x UNESCO-HK ESD 2013/14: Water Workshop

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9 November 2013 / Students from The Chinese Foundation Secondary School joined us at the Eco Education Centre for a workshop on Water and Us, our first workshop of a series organised by UNESCO-HK’s Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Learning Programme under the Environment theme.

This year’s Environment theme has the focus: “Preserve the environment for sustainable development”. Linking the concepts of water, environment and sustainable development, students explored sources of fresh water in the world, water treatment and waste water impact.

The workshop was led by TTT’s Vickie Yau collaborating with Elvis Xu, a PhD candidate at The Swire Institute of Marine Science, University of HK- the marine laboratory located at Cape D’Aguilar, just across Tai Tam Bay, and adjacent to HK’s only marine reserve.

Elvis’s research focuses on environmental factors influencing seawater quality and tracking environmental risks to Cape D’Aguilar Marine Reserve.  He discovered high levels of pollutants in seawater in the reserve, including endocrine disrupting chemicals, being released from adjacent sewage treatment plants.

Dunstan Marris, one of our founders, gave an introduction to the business side of HK and China’s water supply and how this can be seen as “water risk”.  He explored the contribution of industrial and agricultural use of water in China and the concept of a water footprint, which Vickie later developed.  How can the business sector change its water consumption, why should it do so and what is the role of individuals in guiding action?

The workshop concluded with a reminder about the impact of personal actions on water risk- not only our personal consumption, but also that our behaviour can impact business.  Students considered how individuals can conserve water at a personal level, by a housing estate and what HK can do to improve its water supply.

Thanks to the Water Services Department for their guidance and resources in developing course material, and to Elvis Xu and SWIMS for their support.

Learn more about HK’s water in this 2012 article by HK-based NGO, China Water Risk: 8 Things You Should Know about Hong Kong Water

Photos from the workshop can be accessed at UNESCO-HK’s Facebook page.

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UNESCO-HK ESD Learning Programme 2013/14

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November 2013 Workshop – For the 2nd year running we are a parter of UNESCO-HK’s ESD Learning Programme 2013/14, offering workshops on Biodiversity and Water and Us, with new and updated activities.

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Our organization supports the tireless endeavours of UNESCO HK Association who strives for the promotion of Education for Sustainable Development, World Peace, and other youth empowerment and capacity building programmes and activities for a more sustainable and brighter future of HK. In 2013, we were delighted to be able to offer two workshops for their programme of 300+ students. Students choose their programs under different themes of sustainable development, of which, our organization has been able to support two of them – environment, and built environment.

In the workshop of Water and Us, we were delighted to be able to work with students in understanding the infrastructure of water supply and sewage treatment in the microcosm of the Tai Tam area. From history and urban development to our current day challenges, students learnt from the perspectives of sciences and humanities to understand the complexity of sustainable development.

In the workshop of Biodiversity and Tai Tam Tuk, we were privileged to be able to introduce students to the unique environment of Tai Tam Tuk that is abundant with mangroves and living organisms in the intertidal zone. Students learnt about the ecological uniqueness of the area and then experienced it through activities that facilitate discovery and inquisition. Students assumed the role of scientists to investigate the area on salinity and on exposed shore areas for living organisms and their role in the greater ecological system.

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TTT x Amity Foundation: Walk for Living Water 2013 Prize Workshop

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6 July 2013 Workshop – As a Prize for the winning teams of Walk for Living Water, we gave a session of our Water and Us workshop to SKH Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School (Shatin), Buddhist Mau Fung Memorial College (Tin Shui Wai) in collaboration with Deloitte China and SKH Chan Young Secondary School (Sheung Shui).  We also welcomed a special guest Lam Yi Ling.