#Hashtag Hong Kong



    Listen out for #Hashtag Hong Kong, on Sunday mornings. Our new programme updates the old format and content of Letter to Hong Kong.

    The focus will be on issues affecting civil society, as we hear from representatives of NGOs, associations, statutory bodies and non-profit groups.

    And each week there'll also be a musical choice*!

    (Sundays 8.15am - 8.25am)

    *The song is not included in its entity in the podcast due to copyright issue. 



    Nissa Cornish, Executive Director of Redress

    Letter for RTHK ‘#impact”:

    The New Year is a time of reflection, a time for change… it’s about new beginnings, new intentions, new opportunities.

    Yet for many of us, thanks mainly to powerful consumer marketing, it has boiled down to basically just mean: ‘new stuff.’

    And with clothing, like with many consumer products, this interpretation is disastrous for our society and planet’s wellbeing.

    Fashion is one of the most powerful industries in the world. Everyone on earth wears clothes – all six billion of us – which means that fashion operates on an inherently troubling scale.

    About a hundred billion garments are produced each year, or almost 200,000 per minute. I did a quick unscientific calculation and that’s roughly enough clothing to wrap around the Earth’s equator… 1,248 times.

    I think it’s worth reflecting on the impact of this, because a lot of us don't relate our fashion impulses to our environmental footprint. So here are a few more statistics to help paint the picture:

    The fashion industry is the second biggest polluter of clean water in the world.

    It contributes to around 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and consumes more energy than aviation and shipping combined.

    It takes 10 square metres of land to grow the cotton for one pair of jeans.

    And up to 3 kilograms of chemicals to produce 1 kilogram of cotton.

    Around 70 million barrels of oil a year are used to make polyester.

    About 150 million trees are cut each year to produce fibres for clothing.

    Now, you would think with the vast amount of natural resource that is sacrificed to make them, our clothes would be precious to us.

    But unfortunately, we know that's not the case.

    Instead, globally one garbage truck of textiles is landfilled or burned every second. And less than 1% of material used to make clothing is recycled into new clothing at the end of its life.

    In Hong Kong alone, we landfill around 340 tonnes of textiles per day – and roughly half of it is clothing.

    Meanwhile, fast fashion keeps pumping out new cheaply-made clothes and we keep buying it.

    Our clothing habits are costing far more than what’s on the price tag. But there is hope – the fashion industry is starting to shift gears. And as individuals, we can all help.

    Here are some ways to set the right kind of intentions this lunar new year.

    We all love a good clearout; out with the old, in with the new. But ‘out’ doesn’t need to mean ‘throw it away.’ There are other ways to deal with clothes that aren’t working for you any longer:

    We are fortunate to live in a city with heaps of skilled tailors and seamstresses, use them to alter old clothes for a better fit or style.

    Give clothes to family or friends. Hold swap parties. Sell, on resale platforms like Hula and Retykle.

    Please don’t just drop a bag of mixed clothes on the doorstep of your local charity, unannounced. The charities often don’t have the manpower to sort through donations one by one and find what they can use, and it can end up being a burden on them and going to the landfill anyway.

    If you can’t find your clothes a new owner, then Redress can help you. Drop off your unwanted clothing in one of our public collection boxes and we will find homes or solutions for them, based on their quality and condition. The majority of what we receive gets redistributed to those same local charities – but we only send them exactly what they need and ask for. Reducing the burden on them.

    Of course, sometimes you just need, or want, some new clothes – and new year’s is a peak time for this. But if we reframe ‘new’ as ‘new to me’, it opens a whole world of sustainable shopping! I’m talking about the burgeoning secondhand market that’s the hottest trend in fashion retail. There are already dozens of places to buy stylish preloved clothes in Hong Kong – we have a whole list on our website! And it's affordable, super sustainable, and fun.

    But ultimately, the most sustainable thing you can wear is what’s already in your closet. So this lunar new year, try on a new… perspective! Give your own clothes a new life -- and find ways to love and wear what you have already. Because our clothes ARE precious.


    23/01/2022 - 足本 Full (HKT 08:15 - 08:30)

    23/01/2022 - Nissa Cornish, Executive Director of Redress


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    2021 - 2022


    Nissa Cornish, Executive Director of Redress


    Andy Hei, Chairman of the Arts Promotion Committee at the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.


    Josephine Leung, Executive Director, The Hub Hong Kong


    Dickson Pak, Senior Project Officer from the Hong Kong Green Council


    Melanie McLaren, Executive Director, Justice Centre Hong Kong


    Daisy Tam, Founder of Breadline and HKFoodWorks


    Martin Turner, chairman of Hong Kong Cycling Alliance


    Jeff Rotmeyer, Founder and CEO of ImpactHK


    Andrew Chidgey, Chief Executive of Aids Concern


    Joseph Lau, Chief Commissioner of The Scout Association of Hong Kong

    Joseph Lau, Chief Commissioner of The Scout Association of Hong Kong

    In Hong Kong, three Commemoration Ceremonies are held annually to commemorate the soldiers and citizens who were killed during the two World Wars. Representatives of the Scout Association of Hong Kong attend all three ceremonies to pay tribute to the Scouts and Scout Leaders who lost their lives in carrying out the defence duties for Hong Kong in the last war.
    The first two Commemoration Ceremonies are organised by the Hong Kong SAR Government on 3 September, and Chung Yeung Festival. September 3 is the “Victory Day of the Chinese People’s war of resistance against aggression”. Chung Yeung is traditionally the day when we pay respect to our ancestors and elders who have passed away.
    The third Ceremony, known as Remembrance Day Ceremony, is organised by the Hong Kong Ex-servicemen’s Association on Remembrance Day (the second Sunday of November) in memory of those who were killed in the two World Wars and all conflicts since. In particular, we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the defence of Hong Kong during the Japanese invasion and occupation from 1941 to 1945.
    This year’s Remembrance Day Ceremony was held on 14 November.   In addition to the representatives of the Scout Association, and for the first time, the heads of 13 local Schools laid wreaths at the ceremony in commemoration of their students and staff (in their capacity as Scouts and Scout Leaders) who sacrificed their lives defending Hong Kong during the last world war. The Organisers invited the Scouts from one of these Schools to undertake ceremonial duties for the occasion.
    Although no official documents give the exact number of Scout members killed, records do show that over 1,125 Scouts and Scout Leaders joined the Air Raid Precautions Despatch Corps set up by the government in 1938 at the dawn of the Second World War. They carried out civil defence duties such as dispatch riders for delivering messages, first aiders, caring for the wounded, manning of air raid shelters, and guarding places of importance etc. A large number of these Scout members later joined the Volunteers and fought in the brief battle of Hong Kong in December 1941.   Unfortunately, many of them were killed in the fighting and during the Japanese occupation. 
    Their glorious deeds are consistent with the Promise they made upon becoming a Scout: to do their duty to the community they belong to, to help other people at all times and to obey the Scout Law, all of which are the core values of Scouting. 
    And those values have never changed despite all the difficulties and challenges we faced in the past century. We continually encourage our members to contribute to our country and society by participating in community services, which have always been a part of Scout activities. To promote the value of “helping others”, the “Scout Theme of the Year” has been our perennial signature event. In 2020-2022, “Do you Best, Serve the Community” is our annual theme. Scout members and Scout units are encouraged to organise community services for our society. However, the spread of COVID-19 forced the suspension of face-to-face activities. Fortunately, with the integration of information technology, we can continue our services without physical barriers. For example, despite the suspension of regular visits to the elderly, videos with a variety of entertainments including Erhu and traditional Scout songs performances were produced and uploaded to social media to convey our love and care to the elderly. Younger members joined online activities to share health tips with others. They also completed and sent wish cards to doctors, nurses and healthcare workers to show their appreciation.
    This year (2021), we are celebrating our 110th anniversary. Scouting began in 1907 in England and spread out quickly globally. In 1911, the first Scout Group was set up in Hong Kong with 28 Scouts.  Since then, Scouting has grown steadily in Hong Kong. We are proud to say that we are the largest uniformed youth organisation in Hong Kong. It is estimated that one out of every 80 people in Hong Kong are active members of the Scout Movement; and about 45% of the uniformed youth members in Hong Kong are Scouts. We will continue to try our best to make Scouting the movement for young people, and to prepare them to be active and contributing members of Hong Kong, the nation, and the world.


    21/11/2021 - 足本 Full (HKT 08:15 - 08:30)

    21/11/2021 - Joseph Lau, Chief Commissioner of The Scout Association of Hong Kong

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