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No Straw Guardians
OPCFHK’s Foundation Chair, Ms Judy Chen, Discovery & Education Director of Ocean Park Hong Kong, Ms Isabel Li, Head of Community Affairs Asia Pacific at Morgan Stanley, Mr KC Wong, and celebrity, Ms Aimee Chan joined hands with F&B and corporations representatives to call for the public to support the “No Straw Campaign” to help safeguard our oceans.
Ocean Park Conversation Foundation, Hong Kong (OPCFHK) announced the return of No Straw Campaign for a third consecutive year. Research commissioned by the Foundation shows encouraging progress in reducing Hong Kong’s overall plastic straw consumption, which has dropped from 1.7 billion in 2017 to 1.08 billion in 2019[1] thanks to concerted efforts in inviting the public to say no to plastic straws. However, the survey indicates that Hong Kongers are still using 4.31 straws per week on average, which is still posing detrimental impacts on the environment. In addition, the number of partnering organisations has more than doubled this year, with over 1,700 restaurants, educational institutions, corporations and government departments joining us to further public awareness on the threats that plastic products have on our oceans and the environment.
The latest campaign video was also launched on June 6! You can see and hear celebrity Sammy Leung transforms into a pint-sized “No Straw Guardian” to illustrate the huge negative environmental impact a single plastic straw could bring to the ecosystem. OPCFHK is also launching a free-to-download WhatsApp Sticker Pack to get Hong Kongers talking about this important topic in their day-to-day conversations with family and friends. Join us as well by saying “No straw, thanks!” together!

 
[1] The survey interviewed 1,000 respondents aged 15-59 in May 2019. Results show that the average consumption per week per person is 4.31 straws. When multiplied by the total population within that same age group in Hong Kong (4,846,876) and the number of weeks in a year (52), that is equivalent to 1.08 billion plastic straws used in Hong Kong a year. The average consumption per week per person in the 2017 survey was 6.75 straws and the projected annual consumption in Hong Kong was 1.7 billion.

Why Frogs Matter?

There are approximately 4,800 known species of frogs; however, many of them are at risk! According to the latest Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services issued by the United Nations in May, more than 40% of amphibian species are threatened and the extinction risk would have been at least 20% greater without immediate conservation actions. But why should we care? Why do they matter?
 
In fact, frogs are an indicator species. As they can live on both land and water and have very sensitive skin, they are highly sensitive to their surroundings. When their population is declining at an alarming rate, it also implies that they are unable to handle the current environmental stressors, which is a worrying signal of the environment health. Other than pollution, loss of habitat and climate change, over-harvesting for pet and food trades is also another primary cause of their extinctions.
 
In order to save the species, OPCFHK has funded a research project on the impact of climate change on the habitat connectivity and morphological traits of Boulenger’s spiny frog (Rana boulengeri) in China led by Professor HU Junhua. Boulenger’s spiny frog is listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List. This research will not only allow us to better understand the impact of climate change to their habitat, but also better plan for their conservation work.
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Latest News on University Student Sponsorship Programme

Leroy Fong from Hong Kong Baptist University, Elvis Wong from City University of Hong Kong and Kitty Wong from the University of Hong Kong joined Peking University Centre for Nature and Society and Shan Shui Conservation Centre for the snow leopard research project in Sanjiangyuan, Qinghai. In addition to setting up infra-red cameras for snow leopards and Chinese mountain cats, the students also participated in bird survey and grassland management. With Qinghai being a place with people from different ethnic groups, i.e. Tibetan and Han etc., students have come to realise the importance of engaging locals and understanding their cultures when doing conservation work in places where different cultures meet.
Rachel Cheng and Shadow Chan from the Chinese University of Hong Kong joined Natural Sciences Research Institute (NSRI) to record the cetacean species, behaviors and distribution in the Philippines. Throughout the trip, they spotted two dolphin species – spinner dolphins and Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins. The students learned that marine mammals are important to ocean and humans as indicator to environmental and human health, but sadly more antibiotics-resistance bacteria and heavy metal are found in these animals’ bodies.
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OPCFHK is going to organise a Hong Kong Island Region Flag Day on August 10, 2019 morning. We aimed to raise funds to support our efforts in the local marine cetacean stranding response programme, scientific projects of local species and local community education programmes.

With a theme of “Every action counts, let's save our biodiversity”, each of our flag sticker has an animal paired with a daily action to conserve biodiversity, encouraging the public to save our nature by establishing a simple green habit. 
Please continue to support our wildlife conservation efforts and get yourself a lovely flag sticker on August 10!

This year, we aim to recruit 4,000 volunteers to help us raise more funds on-site! As a token of appreciation, each volunteer will receive an Ocean Park daytime ticket buy-1-get-1-free coupon (valid from August 11 to December 31, 2019, Halloween and Christmas inclusive), OPCFHK Friends of the Foundation free membership for 1-year and an electronic certificate of participation.

Are you willing to partner with us? Submit your registration through the online platform. Thank you in advance and see you there!
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Upcoming Activities



Happy Yellow Receipt

Date: 11 July 2019 (Thursday)
Time: 11:00am - 8:00pm
Venue: Kornhill Plaza, Quarry Bay
Customers are invited to vote for OPCFHK with the yellow receipts. Goods in the amount of 1% of total receipt amount will be donated to OPCFHK by AEON.

Talk: Unlock The Unnatural - Cetacean Stranding


Date: 31 July 2019 (Wednesday)
Time: 2:00pm-2:30pm; 3:00pm-3:30pm
Venue: Nature Lab, Biodiversity Gallery, G/F., Hong Kong Science Museum
Language: Cantonese
Fee: Free with general admission


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HK Island
Flag Day

10 August 2019

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We need your help to sustain our efforts to conserve wildlife. Join us as our member of the Friends of the Foundation  (download application form) to help us fund more conservation projects and save more species. Together we make a difference!
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