Tzu Chi Environmental Action Center will open on November 20

Old Village School Building after Green Restoration

Extends the First Educational Legacy of Kind Hearts

HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – November 18, 2021 – The Buddhist Merciful Help Tzu Chi Foundation Hong Kong Ltd. (hereinafter “Tzu Chi Hong Kong”) today announced that the Tzu Chi Environmental Action Center (“Action Center”) located on 5 Che Kung Miu Road will be open to the public free of charge from November. 20 after a green restoration of its original building. The Action Center’s environmental programs, exhibitions and related expenses, are funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. By setting “Common Understanding, Common Understanding, Collective Action” as its core values, the Action Center aims to promote public awareness of environmental protection that would lead to positive behavioral changes, and hopefully through the strength of collective action to implement environmental protection for body. -mind-earth connection, our planet and home could be secured by dealing with climate change.

Already in the 1950s Hong Kong’s economy had yet to take off and the school dropout rate among rural children was high. Buddhist Free School was opened in 1954 on the site of now Action Center to provide basic education for children living in the vicinity, thanks to the generous donation of foreign Chinese Boon Haw AW and Boon Par AW. In 1982, school operator Chi Hong Ching Yuen relocated the then elementary school to a new campus in Yuen Chau Kok, Shatin. After that, the area was converted into Chi Hong Kindergarten which continued to serve the community until year 2000. Chi Hong Ching Yuen then donated the area to Tzu Chi Hong Kong for charity purposes after the school building was left vacant for two years. Because the structure itself is a typical village school built with local materials, much of it was in a state of disrepair after six decades of rain and wind. That’s why a large-scale restoration project took place in 2019 to strengthen its entire architecture, preparing it for the next phase of travel.

Tzu Chi Hong Kong CEO Chung Ling SZE said, “Despite the moderate size of this Performance Center, our thoughtful touches during the restoration process can be easily seen anywhere. We follow the 7Rs Rule closely – we RESPECT everything, both animate and inanimate; REPAIR things to make them last as long as possible; RECYCLE all resources systematically; REFUSE excessive consumption and packaging; encourage RETURN at source; REUSE whenever possible; and RETHINK the importance of the symbiosis between humans and the Earth and promote it – making the Action Center an ideal eco-educational place for the public to engage in experiential learning about environmental protection through “Common Understanding, Common Understanding, Collective Action.” I would also like to extend our sincere gratitude to The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust for its donation to support the Center’s environmental programs, exhibitions and related expenditures. ”

This green restoration project, revolving around the fundamental concept of “Biophile Design” aims to bring visitors closer to nature. The building uses daylight and natural ventilation, to connect the exterior landscape with the interior. Project architect Corrin CHAN said, “Tzu Chi Hong Kong has long been committed to promoting environmental protection in Hong Kong for many years, recommending‘ Clean at Source ’and emphasizing the effective practice of environmental protection. This explains why environmental renewal seems to be the highest. Such a transformation has established dialogues between then and now, using green architecture as a means to express the Action Center’s goal of promoting environmental protection. “

Sticking to the 7Rs Spirit, all restoration work was completed with the use of green building materials, including rapidly growing eco-bamboos that were used as an alternative to wood on floor, wall polishes, doors, window frames, window sills, outdoor fences, and stairs along with handrails; eco-friendly paints with low VOC (volatile organic compound) applied on the exterior and interior of the building; and Palm Eco Board. The remaining materials are: “Da Ai Eco Plastic Wood” made of PET bottles and PE milk bottles; “Ji Si Eco Inter-locking Bricks” made from the PE coating of removed paper containers; as well as the DIY Yellow Sand Bricks handmade by volunteers. In addition, all the wall and floor tiles of the site were donated by a local developer who kept the surplus materials from other construction projects in the warehouse, to REDUCE at source.

The solar panels installed on the building can cover all necessary electrical requirements for the structure. Aiming for carbon neutrality, excess power can be supplied to the central power grid. The rainwater collection system provides water resources for irrigation and partly for daily cleaning use.

Two exhibitions, both echoing ecological concern, will be held simultaneously at the Action Center. The inaugural exhibition Common Understanding · Common Understanding · Collective Action staged at “The Planet Room”, presents the catastrophic footprint on earth caused by wind disasters, flooding, water pollution, forest fires and human behavior through various installations and exhibits, allowing visitors to experience and reflect on the symbiotic relationship between humans and Earth. awakening them to induce individual habitual changes so that they can take action for an environmental purpose. Carbon Reveries designed by artist Chris CHEUNG (h0nh1m) is an interactive ink art installation recording the amazing annual increase in carbon dioxide content in the atmosphere through the data analysis of climate change in the past 63 years.

“Jockey Club Eco-Co-Creation Space” features a themed exhibition Breeze from the Forest implementing the principles of the Action Center. In the exhibition the carpenter Che LAM delivers the concept of ocean conservation with 108 handmade wooden sharks of various sizes. Other works include wooden stools and wooden beams illustrate endless possibilities of wood restructuring.

Other places to visit in the Action Center include a “Da Ai Technology Room” showcasing the achievements of using technology in recycled materials; “Ethical Dining Room,” providing a glimpse of vegetarian eating culture and offering vegetarian cooking classes; and “Jing Si Humanistic Culture Room” promoting kindness and love to purify a soul. The Action Center handles recycling and sorting every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, to encourage volunteers and visitors to practice environmental protection in person. Yuk Lin CHOW, a veteran volunteer at Tzu Chi Hong Kong said, “We are very fortunate to have taken a more difficult path in restoring the site. Unlike demolition and reconstruction, not only the restoration can preserve the structure but also the original purpose of the building while the construction, that is, to continue the original intention to provide education.I hope that the founding of the Tzu Chi Environmental Action Center will further strengthen Tzu Chi’s environmental protection concept of ‘Source Cleanup and Quality Classification’. , we strive to educate the public about the benefits of environmental protection and reduce unnecessary material consumption, thus enabling the harmonious coexistence between humanity and the resources of the Earth. ”

Tzu Chi Media Action Center

Address

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5 Che Kung Miu Road, Tai Wai

Opening hours

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10: 00-12: 30 and 13: 30-17: 00 Mondays, Wednesdays

to Sundays (Closed on Tuesdays and public holidays)

Phone

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2337 0158

Fee

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Free Admission

* To avoid overcrowding, visitors are advised to register on the official Action Center website before visiting. Introductory visits will depend on availability.

Website

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www.tzuchieac.org.hk

About Buddhist Mercy Relief Tzu Chi Foundation HK Ltd.

Established in 1993, the Buddhist Mercy Relief Tzu Chi Foundation Hong Kong Ltd. is a non-profit charity supporting the spirit of great-loving kindness with the elements of “Sincerity, Integrity, Faith and Truth” and “Unconditional Goodness. Universal Great Mercy” for more than two decades. In addition to actively promoting charitable works, such as regular visits to hospitals, homes for the blind, nursing homes, the mentally ill, and schools for physically challenged children, Tzu Chi Hong Kong is also involved in other charities of cases, including individual care, services, visits to the homeless, relief and free health care. the Hong Kong chapter is conducive to promoting the humanist culture of Tzu Chi, recommending the teaching of Jing Si Aphorisms, organizing parent-child growth classes for children, and providing financial assistance for the underprivileged students.

In November 2009, Tzu Chi established the first environmental education station in the Tai Wai Liaison Office, where a new impetus was injected to power Tzu Chi’s mission on Hong Kong’s environmental protection. The Hong Kong branch has so far set up a network of 20 environmental recycling stations throughout the city. The total weight of recycled items, including plastic, paper, hardware and glass, accumulated by the community was 268,128 kg in 2019. Tzu Chi started operating the “GREEN @ QUARRY BAY” which is one of the recycling stores of. the “GREEN @ COMMUNITY” program launched by the Department of Environmental Protection. “GREEN @ QUARRY BAY” launched since the end of December 2020 has led Tzu Chi Hong Kong to a new chapter on environmental recycling.

For more information, please refer to the official website of Tzu Chi Environmental Action Center: Tzu Chi Environmental Action Center will open on November 20www.tzuchieac.org.hk

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