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Hong Kong's first countryside and beach Clean-up mobile app
Nature rescue calls on the public for nature protection
All citizens welcome to upload information and contribute

2018-06-07

Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited (SHKP) keeps with its belief in Building Homes with Heart to serve the community and proactively promotes sustainable living through a wide array of interesting initiatives.  To encourage more people to love and appreciate nature, SHKP has again joined with Green Power to develop Hong Kong’s first free countryside and beach clean-up mobile app.  Today, Under Secretary for the Environment Mr. Tse Chin-wan; Assistant Director (Conservation) of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department Mr. Simon Chan; SHKP Executive Director Mr. Christopher Kwok; and Vice Chairman of Green Power Dr. Man Chi-sum announced the launch of free mobile app Nature Rescue and called on the public to lead eco-friendly lives.

At the launch ceremony, Under Secretary for the Environment Mr. Tse Chin-wan said: “Hong Kong takes pride in its rich natural resources as well as beautiful scenic areas, and we all long for a clean natural environment.  Since 2015, the Government has been promoting and has received widespread support for the ‘Take your litter home’ campaign to encourage citizens to help reduce litter in the countryside and to help maintain Hong Kong’s natural beauty.  Now, we are indeed pleased that an environmental group and a commercial organization have joined in the promotion, calling for even more citizens to engage in countryside and beach clean-up activities throughout Hong Kong.”

SHKP Executive Director Mr. Christopher Kwok said SHKP respects and loves nature while placing great emphasis on environmental education.  Since 2011, SHKP and Green Power have jointly organized the SHKP Love Nature Campaign.  To date, the Campaign’s various activities have been taken part in for 50,000 times.  To further promote concern for the environment across the community, SHKP and Green Power have developed the free mobile app Nature Rescue – an information and social networking platform which connects the public and encourages them to enjoy and appreciate nature.   Mr. Kwok invited members of the public to download the free mobile app Nature Rescue to help clean up the countryside and beaches with their friends and family while enjoying Hong Kong’s natural treasures.

Vice Chairman of Green Power Dr. Man Chi-sum expressed his gratitude to SHKP for its commitment towards promoting environmental protection.  He noted that refuse in the countryside and along the shorelines not only ruins the scenery but also increases the risk to wild animals if they feed on inedible garbage.  In addition, refuse releases harmful elements due to decomposition or oxidation if exposed to the sun, air or seawater, which can seriously harm the environment and eco-system.  Dr. Man added that the goal of nature protection cannot be achieved through environmental groups’ efforts alone, and that the public’s support and concern are the most crucial factors to success.  Environmental education initiatives in schools organized by Green Power and SHKP have received positive results.  With the launch of the free mobile app Nature Rescue, Dr. Man believes even more citizens will want to participate in the cleaning up of countryside areas and beaches.

Winnie Mak, an Mphil student in Environmental Science, Policy and Management, Year 2, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, is passionate about nature protection and has long been concerned about refuse problems in the countryside.  After using the trial version of this free mobile app, she said at the launch event that now she can make good use of the updated status of beaches in Hong Kong and participate in clean-up activities in different districts by herself or with friends and family.  She said she also gets the chance to meet like-minded people and share experiences.  Any member of the public who enjoys and loves nature and is interested in contributing to Hong Kong’s nature protection efforts is welcome to download the app and become a part of the Nature Rescue team.

The free mobile app Nature Rescue is sponsored by SHKP and developed by Green Power.  It has received widespread support from parties including: Environment Bureau; Education Bureau; Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department; Ecology & Biodiversity Society, University of Hong Kong; Faculty of Business Administration, Chinese University of Hong Kong; Environment Students’ Society, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Students’ Union; College of International Education, Hong Kong Baptist University; Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education; Agency for Volunteer Service; Sik Sik Yuen; Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council; St. James’ Settlement; and Hong Kong PHAB Association.  Those who are interested in becoming a supporting organization, please contact Mr Wan of Green Power at 3960 0200 or email NatureRescue@greenpower.org.hk.

About Sun Hung Kai Properties

SHKP is committed to developing premium properties and offering customers ideal homes with top-notch service.  The Company believes in Building Homes with Heart and contributes to the community to make Hong Kong a better place for everyone.  SHKP lives up to its corporate social responsibility by leveraging resources and networks to advocate reading and holistic development, healthy and sustainable living, and care for the underprivileged.  SHKP has been included in the Hang Seng Corporate Sustainability Index Series since 2010.  

Over the past four decades, the management team has led and encourages staff to help those in need and give back to society with professional knowledge and skills.  The company also engages stakeholders to strive to garner and produce positive energy in the community.

About Green Power

Green Power was founded in 1988 by a group of dedicated Hong Kong volunteers with a focus on local environmental affairs.  It primarily promotes environmental education as it believes education is the ultimate means of transforming thinking and behaviour, especially members of the next generation.  Green Power established Hong Kong’s first Green School Network for kindergartens, primary and secondary schools in 2001 to provide free environmental education support to teachers and students.  To date, more than 60% of schools in Hong Kong are members of the Network. 

Green Power is concerned about other environmental issues as well, including waste reduction, global warming, ecological conservation and environmental monitoring.  Through different community and educational activities, it encourages people across the community to contribute and work together to protect the environment.

Under Secretary for the Environment Mr. Tse Chin-wan(second left); Assistant Director (Conservation) of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department Mr. Simon Chan(first left); SHKP Executive Director Mr. Christopher Kwok(second right); and Vice Chairman of Green Power Dr. Man Chi-sum announce the launch of the free mobile app Nature Rescue
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Under Secretary for the Environment Mr. Tse Chin-wan(second left); Assistant Director (Conservation) of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department Mr. Simon Chan(first left); SHKP Executive Director Mr. Christopher Kwok(second right); and Vice Chairman of Green Power Dr. Man Chi-sum announce the launch of the free mobile app Nature Rescue
Teenagers enthusiast in countryside and beach clean-up activities will gather like-minded people with the mobile app to go hiking and cleaning
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Teenagers enthusiast in countryside and beach clean-up activities will gather like-minded people with the mobile app to go hiking and cleaning
In addition to information about clean-up activities across Hong Kong, the Nature Rescue mobile app also provides functions including a map of refuse deposit blackspots, ecological lessons and a chatroom
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In addition to information about clean-up activities across Hong Kong, the Nature Rescue mobile app also provides functions including a map of refuse deposit blackspots, ecological lessons and a chatroom

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