10 things Hongkongers can do for Earth Day, this week and every week

From a beach clean-up to lessons in permaculture, rooftop gardening and sauerkraut making, there are plenty of ways for Hongkongers to get hands-on to mark global environmental awareness day

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 April, 2016, 5:46am
UPDATED : Friday, 22 April, 2016, 9:45am

April 23

HandsOn Hong Kong is holding a clean-up at Yuen Long’s Ha Pak Nai beach. The project aims to protect the environment for mangroves which provide diverse habitats, breeding sites and feeding grounds for a large variety of coastal species.

Once a rich and diverse ecology including mangroves, mudskippers, fiddler crabs and many more, Hong Kong’s ecosystem is under threat, especially in western areas due to waste left behind by people and pollution from the Pearl River. For details visit http://handsonhongkong.org/en/earth-day-beach-cleanup

April 23

Green group GrowingSmart is marking Earth Day by inviting people to get closer to nature on its permaculture farm on Peng Chau. Activities include bamboo harvesting, planting and building. Wear

farming clothes (long sleeves and trousers), mosquito repellent, strong shoes and bring water and lunch. Details at www.growingsmart.hk

April 30

Permaclub is hosting a sauerkraut fermentation workshop to teach participants how to make the fermented cabbage side dish that’s a perfect match for sausages and spare ribs and a probiotic health food. Suitable for beginners and advanced cooks, the event is hosted by founder of WunderkrautHK Sophie Wunderlich, who will share recipes around the kitchen table at Permaclub. Details at permaclub.org

April 30

Green group Rooftop Republic is holding workshops on how to grow food on your rooftop and garden, teaching the green-fingered how to germinate seeds, make compost and deal with pests. Fringe Club, Wyndham St, Central. 3pm-5.30pm. Price HK$380. Details at www.rooftoprepublic.com

May 21

Those who love running and nature can combine their passions and sign up for the WWF’s charity race, Run for Change. The race – on the Pak Shek Kok Promenade in Sha Tin – is divided into 31 categories according to sex and age, with various race distances including 3km, 4km relay and 10km to suit all levels. Register at http://www.wwf.org.hk/en/getinvolved/runforchange/

May 22

The city’s wellness community is joining forces to offer healthy and nutritious shopping at the Health Wellness Fair at Mindful Wing Chun in Central. Expect to find a selection of businesses from health food shops, yoga studios, and more. Participating outlets includes Pro Food, Spice Box, Up! Health, Ice n Lean, Integral Yoga, Red Wood Nutrition, Food Craft, I-Detox, Rolfers Anything But Salad, Lola’s Ice Pops. https://www.facebook.com/events/187843331599503/

July 9

Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden in the New Territories is holding a Food Waste Recovery Workshop (9am-16.30pm) to raise awareness about waste. The course provides information about technologies for recovering household food waste as well as exploring ways to reduce food waste and identifying food waste suitable for making compost. In Cantonese. Fee HK$400. http://www.kfbg.org/eng/

Ongoing

Banners are commonly used for advertising in Hong Kong but they are not recycled because it involves complicated procedures, which means many are dumped every day. Enter Friends of the Earth, whose workshop turns banners into practical items such as handbags. Call 2528 588 or email project@foe.org.hk for details.

Ark Eden on Lantau Island holds a diverse range of environmental workshops, including one on sustainable farming, a practical one or two-day field trip that aims to turn every student into an organic farmer. Participants learn about permaculture farming , organic fertilisers and pesticides and how to plant and transplant different seasonal vegetables (best part is you get to pick, wash, cook and eat them). arkedenonlantau.com

Green thumbs wanting to get their hands dirty at home should sign up for HK Farm’s planter-making workshops. Learn skills needed to make planters for homes, balconies and rooftops. The planters are made from pinewood and sealed with natural Hong Kong honey beeswax. All materials included. Details at hkfarm.org