As one of the largest charity organisations in Hong Kong, Po Leung Kuk shoulders the responsibility of environmental education. Over the years, we have been proactively expanding our network and engaged members of the society in our diversified educational programmes, promoting the message of “save energy, waste less” and cultivating the public to become “green citizens”.
Eastern and Sham Shui Po Community Green Stations
The Kuk is entrusted by the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) to operate the “Eastern Community Green Station” and “Sham Shui Po Green Station” under the “Community Green Station” Project. The “Community Green Station” is initiated under the EPD’s “reduction first” waste management strategy, providing comprehensive logistics support and waste separation services for recycling. In addition, through versatile environmental protection activities, residents are encouraged to actively take part in waste reduction and recycling, so as to constantly promote the message of “use less, waste less” and instil a green living culture in the community. In 2020, the two stations have served over 432 housing estates, organisations and schools and collected over 983 tons of recyclables, and “Eastern Community Green Station” ranked the second highest in terms of quantities of recyclable materials among all 18 “Community Green Stations”, leaping a big step forward in promoting environmental protection into the community.
The Kuk’s affiliated kindergartens, primary and secondary schools continue their educational efforts in bringing environmental awareness and green living into the classrooms. We launch and support extensive environmental education programmes to heighten their awareness and understanding, including:
With the funding support from Environment and Conservation Fund, the Kuk implements the programme with a three-pronged approach engaging families, schools and communities. The scheme promotes the concept of “living a green and simple life”by introducing various activities including story-telling teaching kits, seminars for parents, family trips and community tours. ECF - Live our Green．Simple．Life strives to enhance the awareness of young children, parents, teachers and the public, encouraging them to alter daily practices and develop habits to live a green and simple life.
The programme, co-launched by Po Leung Kuk, Hong Kong Correctional Services Department and the Action Green Committee Limited, has been carried out in Po Leung Kuk’s secondary schools, primary schools and kindergartens. Glass bottles collection points are set up in the participating schools. The recycled bottles would then be collected by the government-appointed glass management contractors, and turned into eco-pavers or other glass products by Hong Kong Correctional Services Deparment.
The 25 affiliated schools joining the programme has recycled 1.4 tons glass bottles. The programme aims to increase students’ awareness of recycling waste, as well as supporting the rehabilitation programmes for persons in custody, which helps inmates rehabilitate and re-integrate into society.
Food for Good @ Campus
In order to encourage our students to adopt sustainable diets and avoid food waste, our affiliated schools have participated in the “Food for Good @ Campus” programme. Various workshops and seminars help students realise the local food waste problem; food waste machines are also provided to the participating schools for recycling food waste and producing organic compost. Students are invited to build a green campus and plant by composting, as well as participating in the food waste recycling activities, so as to nurture their sense of cherishing food and protecting the environment through “learning by doing”.
Holiday Camps Programme
Environmental Education Activities
The two holiday camps operated by Po Leung Kuk – Jockey Club Pak Tam Chung Holiday Camp in Sai Kung and Jockey Club Tai Tong Holiday Camp in Yuen Long, host a series of environmental education activities in routine, including guided eco-tours, environmental protection workshops and waste reduction camps, fostering public understanding of the ecological environment of Hong Kong and the methods of “reuse and recycle”. The camps will continue to promote environmental conservation and the “use less, waste less” concepts to campers and help to spread green messages.