10 October

步走救海下 Walk to Save Hoi Ha

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步走救海下

「保衛郊野公園」將於今年10月14日於海下及周邊鄉村舉辦導賞團,以示我們對海下的關注和保護郊野公園的決心。我們首先到大灘視察大規模村屋建設,然後會到海下及海岸公園。

我們的郊野公園正受到在不包括土地興建村屋的威脅。自2010年大浪西灣事件後,政府承諾保護郊野公園範圍內的不包括土地。然而,政府新近推出的海下、白臘和鎖羅盆規劃圖仍然有大幅土地預留作興建村屋。

大灘

大灘位於西貢郊野公園內,背山面海的壯觀景色使它成為香港最美麗的村莊之一。大灘的步行徑備受行山人士歡迎,沿路兩旁都是樹木和溪流。大灘同時是野生動物如箭豬,猴子,野豬,翠鳥的棲息地,也是香港的海貓頭鷹經常出沒的地方。

現在,這個憩靜的地方已被摧毀。最近有大約20間村屋已獲准興建,大批的推土機和挖泥機正在大灘進行工程,溪流對面的田野已被挖走,周圍的樹木也被連根拔起。

海下

海下村位於西貢郊野公園東北部,三面環山,北邊是海下海岸公園,眺望深圳。曾到海下的人都對這處的自然風光讚口不絕,更有人認為這人間仙境。海下村周邊是極具保育價值的動植物棲息地,香港政府早在1997年把海下灣定為「特別地區及具特殊科學價值地點」。海下村距離市區約90分鐘車程,但由於海洋及山林內都擁有極珍貴的生態,每年都吸引約十萬名遊客。很多人會到海下行山、暢泳、划艇、潛水、觀賞海星或珊瑚,呼吸新鮮空氣,偷半日浮生,暫時離開城市的繁囂。

城規會最近發布的分區規劃大綱圖,表面上是保護郊野公園及海岸公園,實際上是迎合發展商。該份規劃大綱圖將海下的林地和荒廢近40年、現在已有多種動植物棲息的農地劃為可興建過百間村屋的用地,樹木將被砍伐,生物將無處容身。

行程安排:

1)大灘導賞團
早上10:00    大灘巴士站集合
大灘導賞團及步行至海下(約三哩)

聯絡人:  英文- David Newbery 9088 7003;中文- 侯先生 94668167

2) 海下導賞團
中午12:00   海下燒烤場公廁旁集合
海下導賞團及郊野公園近況簡介                         

聯絡人:
英文- Nicola Newbery 2791 6449 / 9720 4142;中文- 侯先生2987 6253 / 9466 8167
[請注意海下的手提訊號接收不佳]
交通提示:
1)駕駛人士需確保有出入郊野公園的許可證。如記者需要協助,請與我們聯絡。

2)於大灘巴士站集合的人士:

從西貢市中心乘搭往黃石碼頭的94號巴士(每30分鐘一班,大約需要20分鐘車程到大灘)

3)於海下集合的人士:

  1. 從西貢市中心乘搭往海下的7號小巴(每20分鐘一班,大約需要25分鐘車程到海下,每人車費                 HK $ 10.7)
  2. 西貢市中心乘搭新界的士到海下(需時約20分鐘,費用為HK $ 95)

歡迎大家參與。為方便大會安排,有興趣參加人士講到以下網址報名!
如有任何查詢,請致電海下之友侯先生 (電話: 2987 6253)。

保衛郊野公園、保衛海岸公園

二零一三年十月十日

由海下之友發起的網上聯署信: http://www.supporthk.org/i.php/View/374?_lang=zh_HK

 

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Hong Kong, 10 October 2013

Walk to Save Hoi Ha

On 14 October 2013,   ”Save Our Country Parks” is organizing a walk around Hoi Ha to show our concern over development and determination to protect country parks. The walk will start at Tai Tan to see large scale small house construction in progress, and end at Hoi Ha and the marine park.

Our Country Parks are under threat by small house development in enclaves. Following the 2010 Tai Long Sai Wan incident, Government promised to protect enclaves surrounded by Country Parks against development. Yet the plans gazetted for enclaves including Hoi Ha by the Town Planning Board reserve land for large-scale small house developments.

Tai Tan

Set against a backdrop of mountains and with a spectacular view of the sea and Sharp Peak in Sai Kung Country Park, Tai Tan is one of the most beautiful villages in Hong Kong. It lies on a walking trail which is popular with weekend trekkers. It is home to abundant wildlife such as porcupines, monkeys, wild boars, kingfisher birds, and is a regular haunt for one of Hong Kong’s few fish owls. The approach to the village is a one-track lane lined with trees and a winding stream.

Now this peaceful idyll is being destroyed. Recently bulldozers and diggers have moved in to build some 20 houses, granted permission under the Small House Policy. A field opposite the stream has been cleared and dug
up and surrounding trees and bushes have been hacked down.

Hoi Ha

Hoi Ha village is an enclave which overlooks the Hoi Ha Marine Park, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and one of Hong Kong’s four Marine Parks. With distant views of mainland China on the northern horizon, Hoi Ha is surrounded by Sai Kung Country Park’s wooded hills on the landward side.   Hoi Ha is a site of outstanding ecology with species of Conservation Interest both in the sea and within its woodland. The area attracts 100,000 visitors a year who make the 90-minute journey to escape the city’s densely populated urban jungle to bathe in the clean sea water, kayak in the sheltered bay, take delight in the many starfish exposed at low tide, and SCUBA dive and snorkel over the coral.

The Town Planning Board’s recently released Draft Outline Zoning Plan panders to developers, paying only lip-service to protection of the Country and Marine Parks.  The zoning will allow up to a hundred houses to be built. Mature woodland will have to be felled and farmland will be lost together with a rich diversity of flora and fauna which established since the land was abandoned more than 40 years ago.

Itinerary

1)     Tai Tan Tour
10:00 am      Meet at Tai Tan Village bus stop
Tai Tan Village tour and 3-mile hike to Hoi Ha

Contact persons:  English- David Newbery 9088 7003; Chinese- Tom Hou 9466 8167

 

2)     Hoi Ha Tour

12:00 am        Meet at Hoi Ha barbecue site, near the public toilets
Hoi Ha Tour and briefing

Contact persons:
English- Nicola Newbery 2791 6449 / 9720 4142; Chinese – Tom Hou 2987 6253 / 9466 8167

[Please note that there is limited mobile phone reception at Hoi Ha]

 

Transportation tips:

1) For those who drive, please make sure you have a Country Park Vehicle Entry permit for the vehicle.  Media who need assistance can contact Nicola (below).

2) For those who use public transport to Tai Tan Village:

The 94 bus from Sai Kung Town Centre to Wong Shek Pier runs every 30 minutes and takes about 20 minutes to Tai Tan.

3) For those who take public transport to Hoi Ha:

a.  The 7 minibus from Sai Kung Town Centre to Hoi Ha runs every 20 minutes and takes about 25 minutes to Hoi Ha (HK$10.7 /head)

b. Green Taxi from Sai Kung Town Centre to Hoi Ha takes 20 minutes and costs around HK$95.

 

Join us! Click here to let us know you are joining us!

For information, please contact Nicola Newbery (Friends of Hoi Ha), 2791 6449 or newbs@netvigator.com

 

Save Hoi Ha – Save Our Country Park ,Save Our Marine Park

Hoi Ha petition by Friends of Hoi Ha: http://www.supporthk.org/i.php/View/374?_lang=en

 

27 September

新聞稿 – 城規會送郊野公園的三個死亡之吻 Press Release – Country Parks: Three kisses of death today

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新聞稿 - 2013年9月27日

城規會送郊野公園的三個死亡之吻

依據《城市規劃條例》第 5 條,海下 (S/NE-HH/1)、白腊 (S/SK-PL/1) 和鎖羅盆(S/NE-SLP/1)的分區計劃大綱草圖由城市規劃委員會擬備,於今日刊憲。雖然2010年政府曾承諾會保護郊野公園內54塊不包括土地,但今日刊憲的三個地方分別在西貢及船灣郊野公園深處,草圖留有大量土地以興建丁屋。我們參考現時其他郊野公園不包土地的發展比例計算,長此下去,西貢郊野公園內將會有3,000間村屋,而船灣將會有4,000間。

創建香港行政總裁司馬文指:

「政府違反當年的承諾,沒有盡力將不包括土地劃入郊野公園。更沒考慮到村屋發展為郊野公園帶來的整體性破壞,沒有準備任何交通、環境及景觀評估報告。

村屋儼如癌細胞般在郊野公園擴散,很快就會被公路、車輛、水渠、污水、非法佔地建設、斜坡鞏固及停車場佔據」

 

Press Release  - 27 September 2013Country Parks: Three kisses of death today
Despite the promise in 2010 to protect against development in fifty four enclaves, the Town Planning Board has today gazetted statutory plans under section 5 of the Town Planning Ordinance for Hoi Ha (S/NE-HH/1), Pak Lap (S/SK-PL/1) and So Lo Pun (S/NE-SLP/1).

The zoning for the first three enclaves allow the construction of large numbers of Small (New Territories Exempted) Houses deep inside the Sai Kung and Plover Cove Country Parks. Assuming similar ratios for all enclaves, Designing Hong Kong estimates that the East and West Sai Kung Country Parks will see 3,000 and the Plover Cove Country Park around 4,000 new Small Houses.

Paul Zimmerman, CEO of Designing Hong Kong:

“The Government failed its promise to diligently consider incorporating the enclaves under Country Park protection. There has been no environmental, traffic or visual impact assessment of the cumulative impacts on country parks of small house developments in the enclaves.”

“The cancer of small house villages seen throughout the New Territories will now spread to the country parks. The environment will rapidly deteriorate with demands for roads and transport, and the chaos of effluent drainage, sewage percolation, and unauthorized occupation of land for construction, slope stabilisation, and parking.”

 

24 September

保衛郊野公園「一齊行」Let’s Walk – Save Our Country Parks

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Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/733737779975588/

(For English please scroll down)

這是展現我們決心保衛郊野公園的時候,這是我們身體力行打出守護郊野公園的一仗!

路線:黃泥涌水塘公園(陽明山莊) → 大潭水塘建築群 → 大潭道
起步時間:上午9:30 (請提早到起點集合)
難度:輕易,適合一家大小同行,可以推BB車。

【活動詳情】
保衛郊野公園 – 大潭郊野公園導賞活動
型式:定點導賞(2個)
起點:陽明山莊路口
終點:大潭道巴士站洗手間旁
全程連導賞時間約2.5小時

【起點交通資料】
途經黃泥涌峽道「黃泥涌水塘公園」站的巴士路線
6 – 中環(交易廣場)→ 赤柱監獄
41A – 北角碼頭 → 華富(中)
76 – 銅鑼灣(摩頓台)→ 石排灣

【終點交通資料】
途經大潭道「大潭水塘」的巴士及專綫小巴路線資料
巴士:
14 – 嘉亨灣/赤柱炮台(閘口)
314 – 小西灣(藍灣半島)/赤柱(海灘/市場)
小巴:
16A,16M,16X – 柴灣站/赤柱/舂坎角

【注意事項】
1). 活動前兩小時,天文台發出雷暴警告、三號或以上的風球,或紅雨、黑雨警告,活動便自動取消。
2). 請自備簡單乾糧及充足飲料,避免使用即棄物品。
3). 帶備雨傘及防蚊用品等。
4). 活動不包括保險,請自行保障個人安全。

【Facebook 活動專頁】https://www.facebook.com/events/733737779975588/

We are determined to save our country parks, we are ready to fight for it !
Itinerary : Wong Nai Chung Reservoir Park → Tai Tam Reservoir Complex → Tai Tam Road
Time for start : 9.30 am (Please arrive at the starting point earlier)
Difficulty: easy, suitable for families, you can bring your baby trolly.

[Event Details]
Save Our Country Parks – Tai Tam Country Park guided tours
Type: Guided point (2)
Starting point: Parkview intersection
Endpoints: Tai Tam Road bus stop next to the toilet
Duration about 2.5 hours including guided tour

【Start point traffic information】
Bus routes via Wong Nai Chung Gap Road “Wong Nai Chung Reservoir Park” station
6 – Central (Exchange Square) → Stanley Prison
41A – North Point Ferry Pier → Wah Fu (Central)
76 – Causeway Bay (Moreton Terrace) → Shek Pai Wan

[End point traffic information]
Via Tai Tam Road “Tai Tam Reservoir” bus and GMB Route Information
Buses:
14 – Grand Promenade / Stanley Fort (Gate)
314 – Siu Sai Wan (Island Resort) / Stanley (Beach / Market)
Minibus:
16A, 16M, 16X – Chai Wan Station / Stanley / Chung Hom Kok

[Note]
1).Two hours before the event, the Hong Kong Observatory issued a thunderstorm warning, the 3rd or above typhoon signal or Red, Black Rainstorm warning, events will be automatically canceled.
2).Please bring your own drinks and adequate food, avoiding the use of disposable items.
3). Bring umbrellas and mosquito supplies.
4). Activities do not include insurance, please protect your own personal safety.

【Facebook  event page】https://www.facebook.com/events/733737779975588/

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「保衛郊野公園」行動,是由香港地球之友、香港海豚保育學會、香港自然探索學會、綠領行動、綠色和平、香港自然生態論壇、西貢大浪灣關注組、大浪灣之友、長春社、創建香港、綠色力量、環保觸覺、香港地貌岩石保育協會、大嶼山愛護水牛協會、綠色社區、西貢之友、Hong Kong Outdoors、香港觀鳥會、Ark Eden等機構組成。我們希望透過今次聯合行動,向全港市民表達一個訊息:保衛郊野公園,寸土必爭。

我們會透過舉辦一系列活動,再次喚醒市民關注平衡發展和環境保育的重要性,我們亦會向社會提出實質有建設性的提議,推動我們作為在一個可持續發展同時,自然生態亦得以受保護的世界領先城市。

期望大家身體力行,為我們的家、我們的下一代,共同獻出一分力。

請密切留意我們的Facebook專頁:https://www.facebook.com/saveourcountryparks

“Save Our Country Park” action by Friends of the Earth Hong Kong, Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society, Society of Hong Kong Nature Explorers, Greeners Action, Greenpeace, HKWildLife.net, Sai Kung Tai Long Wan Concern Group, Friends of Tai Long Wan, the Conservancy Association, Designing Hong Kong, Green Power, Green Sense, the Hong Kong Association for Geoconservation, Lantau Buffalo Association, Green Communities, Friends of Sai Kung, Hong Kong Outdoors, Hong Kong Bird Watching Society, Ark Eden etc. We hope that through this joint action, expressing a message to all the people: to save our country park for every inch.

We will organize a series of activities to raise public awareness about the importance of balance between development and the environmental conservation, we will propose constructive proposal to the community, to promote Hong Kong as a world’s leading cities in sustainable development.

Let’s join together to take action for our home and next generation!

Please like and follow our Facebook page for any updates: https://www.facebook.com/saveourcountryparks

16 September

Press Release – The destruction of the Plover Cove Country Park approved by the Town Planning Board

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新聞稿 - 2013年9月16日

城規會批准破壞船灣郊野公園

城規會委員於8月9日的會議通過初擬的鎖羅盆分區計劃大綱圖。當中包括一大片「鄉村式發長」土地,相容135間丁屋。漁農自然護理署及其下的郊野公園及海岸公園管理局均沒有提出反對意見,默許未來在郊野公園的不包括土地上有如斯大型的建設。

鎖羅盆這條被遺棄的村落坐落於船灣郊野公園的邊陲,沒有道路或污水渠連接,亦因此成為敏感的生態區域。(欲了解更多有關船灣郊野公園的資料可參閱漁護署的網站
多年以來都沒有收到在鎖羅盆興建小型屋宇申請,似乎土地擁有人均沒有興趣於該地生活。但是,為著自己的制益,村民不顧當地的生態價值,群起抗議,反對保護船灣郊野公園的隨處可見。他們又寫信到城規會,聲稱他們未來會回到村裡生活。村代表毫無根據的指出未來10年需要270棟村屋,即使現有的鄉村式發展土地亦無法滿足他們的需求。
有如此大塊鄉村式發展用地,村民隨即要求興建道路和各項基礎建設。不難想像到未來丁屋這癌細胞會帶同道路和基建由鎖羅盆擴散到船灣郊野公園內的其他地方。可是,在通過這份大綱圖時根本沒有一份建設對鎖羅盆甚或船灣郊野公園的整體性環境評估。
現有的不包括土地烏蛟騰(地圖上的藍色B標示)正正是一個例說明小型屋宇政策帶來的環境破壞。規劃署和漁護署不站起來反抗地政及鄉議局,船灣郊野公園就會淪陷於村屋的石屎癌細胞之中。
香港還有其他選擇。政府以租借農地的價值補償業權人,將這些不包括土地劃入郊野公園。若先規劃為鄉村式發長用地,將會增加賠償的成本。除此,政府亦可考慮以地換地的形式賠償因環境保育而蒙受損失的地主。無論如何,我們都應該盡早站出來阻止村屋對環境進一步的破壞。
Press Release 

The destruction of the Plover Cove Country Park approved by the Town Planning Board
The minutes of the Town Planning Board meeting of 9 August 2013 show that it approved the publication of the Outline Zoning Plan for So Lo Pun with an area for 135 small houses. The Country and Marine Parks Authority – the Director of the Agriculture and Fisheries Department – failed to object to small house developments in So Lo Pun, and failed to stop the invasion of small houses in the Plover Cove Country Park.

So Lo Pun is an abandoned village on the outer edge of the Plover Cove Country Park without road access or sewerage, in an area with a sensitive ecology. Find out more about Plover Cove Country Park at the Government’s own website.

There are no outstanding Small House applications for So Lo Pun as land owners have no interest in living there. But keen to profit from development rights villagers rallied together protesting against conservation with banners throughout the Plover Cove Country Park.

They wrote letters to the Town Planning Board claiming they would return to the village in the future. The village representative estimated an entirely unverifiable 10-year forecast demand of 270 small houses, and an even larger v-zone was included.

So Lo Pun is the first of seven new enclaves to be zoned for small house developments in the Plover Cove Country Park. The future spread of the small house cancer can be seen from the locations of the enclaves. Demands for roads to support the developments are already being made. The Outline Zoning Plan allows for such public works and infrastructure. The environmental impact of the cumulative house and infrastructure developments permitted in So Lo Pun and Plover Cove Country Park as a whole has NOT been assessed before granting approvals.

The existing enclave Wu Kau Tang (Marked B in blue on the map) shows how the environment will degrade under the Small House Policy. With the failure of the Planning Department and the AFCD to stand up to the Lands Department and the Heung Yee Kuk, the small house cancer will be allowed to destroy the Plover Cover Country Park.

The community should reconsider its options. These enclaves of private land can be included in the Country Park, with compensation reflecting the agricultural purpose of the block Government leases. Up-zoning these areas for village house development first will increase the public cost for resumption and compensation. Alternatively, compensation might be considered by means of land exchange to villagers/land owners when their private land is zoned for conservation. Either way, it is not too late for the public to stand up against the small house destruction.
13 September

Press Release – Town Planning Board did not wait for Paul Chan to destroy the Sai Kung Country Parks

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Despite objections from green groups and conservation experts, Government has given in to the Heung Yee Kuk with large development zones for small houses inside country parks.

During today’s meeting, the Board agreed to publish the first 2 draft Outline Zoning Plans in the Sai Kung Country Parks. Based on the land zoned for small house development (v-zones) in Pak Lap and Hoi Ha, it is estimated that more than 3,000 small houses may be built inside the country park once the full 320ha of all 19 enclaves is zoned. The community will have two months to object and tell the Heung Yee Kuk to take their hands off our country parks.

Hoi Ha (S/NE-HH/1) is a village of 8ha with 34 houses adjacent to the Hoi Ha Marine Park: 80 more houses can be built on the new v-zone and green belt ‘expansion’ area.

The second zoning approved today is for Pak Lap (S/SK-PL/1), a village of 6ha with 20 houses: 72 houses can be added despite the lack of access (oops, not counting the illegal road built recently).

The flood of new small houses will destroy the Sai Kung Country Parks.  There has been no environmental impact assessment of the cumulative impact of the zoning for small houses, nor has the Country and Marine Parks Board considered the combined impacts of these developments on the Sai Kung Country Parks.

There are around 500 houses in the ‘inner’ Sai Kung Country Park – past the gate at Pak Tam Chung. Creating development zones for 3,000 new small houses will increase demand for transport and increase road traffic during construction and after occupation when each house can have 3 flats, and each dwelling can have two vehicle permits. This creates the need for road widening and improvements works such as street lights affecting the entire inner country park.

More importantly, Small or Village House developments are officially known as ‘New Territories Exempted Houses’ – the most destructive form of development in Hong Kong. We note just a few “exemptions”:

1.       There is no sewerage and village houses depend on percolation through the ground from septic tanks and soak away pits, contaminating underground and surrounding waters.
2.       Storm drains are laid at random by private contractors for each house separately through the surrounding country park to nearby waters.
3.       Expedient connections from baths, and often kitchens and toilets pollute the storm drains, and nearby waters.
4.       No access, roads, paths or parking spaces are provided forcing residents to resort to unlawful road construction and illegal occupation of government land in country parks.
5.       Each house is either exempted from site formation or developers construct their own platforms.
6.       Excavation, land filling, platform and small house construction lacks quality controls. Land formation, excavation and slope stabilization is random and of poor quality extending well into the country park.
7.       The location of each house is subject to application and ownership of previous paddy fields rather than based on well planned village layouts. This leads to chaotic developments as can be seen in all village environs in Hong Kong.
8.       And we have yet to explain the environmental pollution of the actual construction of individual houses by village contractors.

 


The Town Planning Board is approving the destruction of the Sai Kung Country Parks with small house developments.

 


Pak Lap has 20 houses today. The red line indicates the land made available for new small houses.


Hoi Ha has 34 houses today. The red line indicates the land made available for new small houses.

20 March

“Pick It Up” Campaign ** 「拾荒救地球」運動

Our “Pick It Up” campaign promotes a positive attitude towards picking up litter. We hope that everyone in Hong Kong can work together to make “Pick It Up” a habit. Keeping Hong Kong tidy and clean, no longer about ‘not littering’, but about ‘picking up’ after oneself! If you are interested to collaborate with or have any idea, please contact us via email debby@designinghongkong.com or call Ms Debby Chan 31043107 for following up!

「拾荒救地球」運動希望令市民能正面的思考垃圾問題,當我們見到垃圾時不要只是抱怨或投訴,而是把它撿起來回收或丟到垃圾桶。七十年代我們有垃圾蟲叫人「不要亂拋垃圾」,今天我們身體力行的呼籲人執垃圾。「拾荒救地球」是商店、品牌公司甚至每個人都可以參與的運動。如果你有興趣跟參與我們的活動或有任何想法,請發電郵到 debby@designinghongkong.com  或 致電 3104 3107 與Debby Chan 聯絡!

6 March

VITA WATER wins the most popular “Brand on the Beach” award
維他純蒸餾水奪得「沙灘上的品牌」冠軍

Press Release – 6 th March 2013

Living Lamma volunteers collected and sorted waste found in Pak Kok beach on Lamma Island by brand label. After 3 clean ups, 1112 plastic bottles with 761 different identifiable brand labels were found.

VITA WATER is the brand which has the most bottles (23% of all identifiable bottles) littering the beach surveyed. In second place is BONAQUA with 13% of bottles found. In third place was COOL Water with 11% of identifiable bottles found. A full report is attached.

Jo Wilson, campaigner at Living Lamma explained, “I was not surprised. People always think garbage on the beach comes drifting down the Pearl River Delta. We chose to monitor this beach as the rubbish we found there in the past largely contained local brands. Our findings show that beach litter is our own problem. Many people don’t realize that litter on the streets and slopes will end up in our seas, and back onto our beaches.”

Paul Zimmerman, CEO, Designing Hong Kong added, “We hope that brand names like VITA will take action and use their labeling to remind consumers to dispose bottles properly. At the same time, the Hong Kong community should consider adding a recycling charge onto plastic bottles and not just glass bottles, to promote recovery and return for recycling use.”

Living Lamma and Designing Hong Kong see the “Brand on the Beach” award event as part of a growing “Pick It Up” attitude in Hong Kong. People are responding to a positive attitude which promotes: “Don’t just look at the trash or complain about it, pick it up.” Last summer, members of the public helped clear up plastic pellets after the Vicente Typhoon. The AFCD has removed waste bins from Country Parks and asks people to carry their waste out of the parks. An increasing number of people are getting involved in coastal clean-up campaigns.

“Next, we hope fast food chains will ask patrons to return their food tray to a cleaning station before leaving. Maybe they can consider discount coupons in return. It is no longer about ‘not littering’, but about ‘picking up’ garbage. A campaign everyone including retailers and brand companies can help with.” Paul Zimmerman concluded.

The next clean up on Lamma will be on Sunday April 14th, anyone who is interested please send email to Jo at livinglamma@yahoo.com

Enclosed:
1) ‘Brand on the Beach’ Report
2) ‘Brand on the Beach’ Photo Gallery

   

新聞稿 – 2013年3月6日

自十二月起,活在南丫的義工們每個月到一次南丫島的北角村沙灘收拾垃圾,將垃圾按品牌分類。三次清潔行動共收集得1112個膠樽,當中761可辨認出其品牌。

在可辨認出其品牌的沙灘垃圾膠樽之中,維他純蒸餾水共佔百分之廿三,贏得冠軍。亞軍由佔百分之十三的飛雪礦物質水所奪; Cool 礦泉水以輕微之差(百分之十一)得季軍。詳情可參閱完整報告。

活在南丫的參與者Jo Wilson說:「我們總以為沙灘垃圾是從珠江三角洲漂流過來,而不知道我們是沙灘垃圾的始作俑者。我們驚見南丫島的北角村充滿本地品牌的垃圾,原來我們在街上亂丟或棄置在斜坡上垃圾,最後都會落到大海然後回到我們的沙灘上。這個沙灘對著香港島,不時有本地品牌垃圾漂上岸所以我們決定在清潔這個沙灘。」

創建香港的行政總裁司馬文補充:「我們希望品種公司如維他能夠利用他們的力量呼籲消費者不要亂丟垃圾,幫忙回收。同時間,我們除了考慮開徵玻璃樽回收稅外,更應該考慮膠樽回收稅以增加膠樽回收的數量,善用資源。」

活在南丫及創建香港指「沙灘上的品牌」是「拾荒救地球」運動的其中一個活動,希望令市民能正面的思考垃圾問題,「當我們見到垃圾時不要只是抱怨或投訴,而應該把它撿起來回收或丟到垃圾桶。」上年夏天韋森特襲港後,市民積極到各沙灘執拾膠珠。當漁農處移除各郊野公園的垃圾桶,要市民自備垃圾袋時,我們需要更多市民參與清潔海岸運動。

司馬文總結「下一步,我們希望連鎖快餐店能呼籲客人自覺的把餐盤處理好才離開。快餐店用優惠卷就能輕易的吸引顧客去做。我們不再叫人『不要亂拋垃圾』而是『拾起來』。『拾荒救地球』是商店、品牌公司甚至每個人都可以參與的運動」

下一次「沙灘上的品牌」清潔沙灘行動會於4月14日舉行,有興趣參加的朋友可以通過電郵livinglamma@yahoo.com向Jo報名。

附件:
1)「沙灘上的品牌」報告
2) 「沙灘上的品牌」攝影集