TTT & Utahloy International School won GOLD in Greenest Team for the Coastal Clean-up

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One of the activities during the camp at Pak Lap was a beach cleanup.  Over the course of 3 days, each student team of about 11 students and 3 staff spent 1 hour picking up trash and about 2 hours sorting and accounting for all the items.

We are proud to be part of the HK Cleanup Challenge among 418 teams and 51,064 participants. Our team collected a modest 290 KGS of trash, which is a very small fraction of the total collected by all the participants, a shocking 3,894,000 KGS in 2014.

The Greenest Team Award is awarded to the team who have recycled the largest amount of items.

Our team recycled 811 plastic bottles, 25 glass jars/bottles, and 18 aluminum cans.

Photos of the award ceremony can be viewed here.

Information on the HK Cleanup can be found here.

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TTT @ Utahloy International School: Pak Lap Camp

Written on . Posted in ESD, Marine conservation, Water

(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 WWF Coastal Watch: Tai Tam survey

Written on . Posted in Biodiversity, Events, Marine conservation

6 September 2014 / On Saturday 6 September, TTT and Green Council Hong Kong are surveying Tai Tam for Coastal Watch, a new Hong Kong-wide citizen science programme.

Coastal Watch is an ecological survey and coastal cleanup programme organised by WWF-HK with six strategic partners and supported by the Hong Kong Government.

Over 800 volunteers have already signed up to help scientists collect data on 27 sites above and below water!

The partners came together in July 2012 to lead the cleanup from Hong Kong’s biggest plastic spill, when 150 tonnes of “nurdles” fell off a container ship during Typhoon Vicente and began washing up on beaches 48 hours later.

The aim is long-term data collection using consistent methodology, shared with the public, government and NGOs, to mobilise public awareness and develop effective marine conservation policies.

We have created this new iSpot Project as a pilot to confirm species surveyed in Tai Tam.

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UNDESD Student Summer Institute 2014

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(12-16 August 2014) Summer ESD with UNESCO-HK and Utahloy International School at Pak Lap, Sai Kung

Over one week, students from an international school in Guangdong Province and local schools from Hong Kong came together for a summer learning program on sustainability. Our Foundation was involved in the first couple of days in Hong Kong and provided a workshop and ongoing discussion on water supply, environment, and civilization.

Although we had a lot of rain over the couple of days, students participated in an enthusiastic manner as it was a rare opportunity to learning in a world class geo park in Hong Kong.

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TTT x RHKYC: LCSD Sport for All Day 2014

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(3 August 2014) RHKYC Sport for All Day

Annually, LCSD has a Sports-for-all day where all government facilities are free to access for all members. RHKYC Foundation sponsored and offered their facilities to embrace the same mission with the government of Hong Kong. As a result, we had 32 students from underprivileged community groups in a full-day event. In the morning, we had students try out on the dragon boats that have significant meaning in Chinese culture. In the afternoon, we and students try sailing on J80 to catch wind behind our sails.

We were involved this year to provide support on logistics and in student management.

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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 x The Harbour School: Post-trip mangrove workshop

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(26 June 2014) Back in March 2014, a group of students from The Habour School came to Tai Tam to learn about 3 aspects the area offered (a) mangroves and intertidal zone, (b) culture, (c) navigation and orienteering. After their trip to Myanmar in April, a student and parent of THS requested a follow-up session on mangroves and intertidal zone since the student was on the team to learn navigation and orienteering in March. The two came to Tai Tam and coincidentally, our interns from Eckerd College were also present to conduct field survey. The student had a chance to participate and learn some of the scientific methods being used.

TTT x HKU Environmental Life Science Society: BSAP Student Workshop

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TTT and The University of Hong Kong’s Environmental Life Science Society present a Secondary Student Workshop on Hong Kong’s Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan.

Have you heard of “biodiversity”?
Why is biodiversity important to our lives?
Come join our workshop on 26 April to explore Hong Kong island’s last mangrove forest at Tai Tam.
Let’s discover what nature really means to us!
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Big thank you to ELSS and student participants for a fantastic workshop on Saturday! Full report to follow.
Check IDs of what we saw at iSpot‘s new Hong Kong community page.

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Field survey briefing

BSAP presentation

Walking over

Prof Williams with students

By the water

Bubble alga

Stripey mangrove barnacles

Milky fiddler crab

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Closer look at local wildlife

Photographing specimen

Back in classroom

Small group discussions

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