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Act Locally

Every day, every one of us can play a part in saving the planet  

If everyone on our planet lived the lifestyle that Hong Kong people do, we’d need 3.9 Earths to sustain us. It doesn’t have to be this way. Simple, everyday actions can make a big difference to our environment. We live in a developed city, an international financial and trading hub with strong links to the region and the rest of the world. There is so much that we can do together to build a better environment for ourselves and the next generation. A few examples appear below, but don’t be afraid to improvise!

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Always buy sustainable seafood

Hong Kong enjoys a massive, seemingly unlimited supply of seafood, with products sourced from all over the world. While this may be convenient, many of us are unaware of the shocking price the marine environment pays for this convenience – on average, every Hongkonger consumes 71.6 kg of seafood every year – this is the second-highest per capita consumption in Asia! The main problem is that many of the species of fish that we consume are overfished, and their populations are in serious decline. Buying sustainable seafood can help depleted fish stocks recover and has other positive benefits. Check out our Sustainable Seafood Guide and our Shark Fin Initiative to find out more about how we’re trying to mainstream sustainable seafood in Hong Kong.

Go low carbon

If you want to personally do something about climate change, you can help fight it by living a low carbon lifestyle – and there are so many ways to do this! It can be something simple like taking public transport more often instead of driving, or turning off the lights when you’re leaving the room, or purchasing energy-saving appliances. There are many more ways – check out WWF’s advice to discover more about what you can do.

Never buy products that contain endangered species!

Hong Kong is the world’s largest retail market for ivory. Regrettably, the ivory business is still thriving in our city and it is directly fuelling Africa’s elephant poaching crisis. On top of this, due to cultural backgrounds and ingrained – but outdated – beliefs, some people still believe that certain animal body parts, including those from endangered species, like tiger bones and rhino horns, have medicinal uses. Despite being untrue, these beliefs have had, and continue to have, a devastating effect on populations of animals all over the world, causing them to fall victim to illegal hunting and poaching. Some species have even been driven to the edge of extinction. We can help stop the illegal wildlife trade by never purchasing products that contain parts from endangered species.
	© Alex Wong/WWF Hong Kong
© Alex Wong/WWF Hong Kong

Choose FSC products

Look around you. Many of the day-to-day objects that surround us are made from timber – the paper in our books, much of our product packaging, our wooden furniture and even our children’s toys to name just a few. An alarming amount of timber used in Hong Kong, however, lacks sufficient certification or comes from potentially illegal sources. Of course, WWF encourages the “3Rs” – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle – when it comes to paper and other wooden products. But if you need to purchase other timber products, wood for a home improvement project for example, you should always choose products that are certified by a credible organization, like the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) , which guarantees that their timber is sourced from certified and sustainably-managed forests.

Become a WWF volunteer

Why not call or stop by the office and become a volunteer? Volunteering for WWF is not only a rewarding experience, it’s also a great way to become directly involved in our day-to-day work and activities. We welcome volunteers in most aspects of our work, from providing administrative support in our offices to participating in coastal cleanups and helping conduct field work in Mai Po Nature Reserve. Click here to find out more about how you can join us and make a difference.

Go above and beyond – donate, join an event or be a green advocate!

WWF is a non-profit, non-governmental organization. Our mission is to transform Hong Kong into the most sustainable city in Asia. To do this, we need a steady flow of financing which will fund our conservation and education projects now and into the future, allowing us to create the greatest, most positive impacts we can for the generations that follow us.

By donating to WWF, you can directly contribute to our work and help realize our goals. You can also help by taking part in our events! Each year we hold a number of events and we usually invite the entire Hong Kong community to get involved. From outdoor events like Walk for Nature and the Big Bird Race to global events like Earth Hour, taking part is a great way for families, friends and company staff to unite, mingle, network and show their support for the environment.

Want to do even more? You can always become a WWF green advocate by sharing our conservation messages and promoting our green initiatives amongst your friends, family, and even colleagues in your workplace!