The Tzu Chi Environmental Action Center opens on November 20th

Old village school building after green restoration

Expands Kind-hearted Minds’ very first educational legacy

HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – November 18, 2021 – Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation Hong Kong Ltd. (hereinafter “Tzu Chi Hong Kong”) announced today that the Tzu Chi Environmental Action Center (“Action Center”) located at 5 Che Kung Miu Road will open to the public free of charge from November 20 after 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 putting “Common Understanding, Common Consensus, Collective Action” as its core values, the Action Center aims to promote public awareness of environmental protection that would lead to positive behavioral change, and hopefully through the power of collective action to implement environmental protection for the body -mind-earth connection, our planet and home could be protected by tackling climate change.

Back in the 1950s, Hong Kong’s economy had not yet picked up speed, and the number of school dropouts among children in the countryside was high. A Buddhist free school was opened in 1954 on the site of the now Action Center to provide basic education to children living in the neighborhood, thanks to the generous donation from overseas Chinese Boon Haw AW and Boon Par AW. In 1982, the school operator Chi Hong Ching Yuen moved the then primary school to a new campus in Yuen Chau Kok, Shatin. Thereafter, the premises were transformed into Chi Hong Kindergarten, which continued to serve the community until the year 2000. Chi Hong Ching Yuen then donated the premises to Tzu Chi Hong Kong for charity after the school building stood empty for two years. Since the structure itself is a typical village school built with local materials, much of it was in a dilapidated condition after six decades of rain and wind. Therefore, a large-scale restoration project was completed in 2019 to strengthen its entire architecture and prepare it for the next phase of the journey.

Tzu Chi Hong Kong CEO Chung Ling SZE said: “Despite the moderate size of this Action Center, our thoughtful touches throughout the restoration process can be easily seen everywhere. We follow the 7Rs rule closely – we RESPECT all things, both living and lifeless ; REPAIR things to make them as durable as possible; RECYCLE all resources in a systematic way; REFUSE excessive consumption and packaging; encourage REDUCE at source; RECYCLE WHEN POSSIBLE; and REMEMBER the importance of human-Earth symbiosis and promote it – making the Action Center an ideal eco-education center for the public to engage in experiential learning about environmental protection through “Common understanding, common consensus, collective action.” I would also like to express our sincere gratitude to the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust for its donation in support of the Environmental Programs in the Action Center, exhibitions and related expenses. ”

This green restoration project, which revolves around the basic concept “Biophilic 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, advocating ‘Purification at Source’ and emphasizing the actual practice of environmental protection. This explains why environmentally friendly renovation seems to “Such a transformation has established dialogues between then and now by using green architecture as a means of expressing the Action Center’s goal of promoting environmental protection.”

By sticking to 7Rs Spirit, all restoration work was completed using green building materials, including fast-growing eco-bamboo, which was used as an alternative to wood on flooring, wall coverings, doors, window frames, window sills, outdoor fences, and stairs along with railings. ; environmentally friendly paints with low VOC (volatile organic compounds) applied to the exterior and interior of the building; and the Palm Eco Board. The rest of the materials are: “Da Ai Eco Plastic Wood” made from PET bottles and PE milk bottles; “Ji Si Eco Inter-locking Bricks” made of PE cladding of disposed paper containers; as well as DIY Yellow Sand Bricks handmade by volunteers. In addition, all wall and floor tiles on site were donated by a local developer, who has stored excess materials from other construction projects in the warehouse to REDUCE at the source.

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

Two exhibitions, both reflecting environmental concerns, will be held concurrently in the Action Center. The opening exhibition Common understanding · Common consensus · Collective action staged at “The Planet Room”, presents the catastrophic imprint on the earth caused by wind disasters, floods, water pollution, forest fires and human behavior through a series of installations and exhibitions that allow visitors to experience and reflect on the symbiotic relationship between humans and Earth , thereby awakening them to evoke individual habitual changes so that they can act for environmental reasons. Carbon Reveries designed by artist Chris CHEUNG (h0nh1m) is an interactive ink art installation that records the astonishing annual increase in the carbon dioxide content of the atmosphere through data analysis of climate change over the past 63 years.

“Jockey Club Eco Co-Creation Space” presents a themed exhibition A breeze from the forest implementation of the principles of the Action Center. In the exhibition, the woodwork artist Che LAM delivers the concept of marine conservation through 108 handmade wooden sharks in various sizes. Other works include wooden stools and wooden radios illustrate endless possibilities for rebuilding wood.

Other places to visit in the Action Center include the “Da Ai Technology Room”, which shows the results of using technology in recycled materials; “Ethical Eating Room”, which provides a glimpse of vegetarian dining culture and offers vegetarian cooking classes; and “Jing Si Humanistic Culture Room”, which promotes kindness and love to purify the soul. The action center handles recycling and sorting every Monday, Wednesday and Friday to encourage volunteers and visitors to personally exercise environmental protection. Yuk Lin CHOW, a veteran volunteer at Tzu Chi Hong Kong, said: “We are very fortunate to have taken a tougher path by restoring the premises. Unlike demolition and reconstruction, the restoration can not only preserve the structure but also the original intention of the building on I hope that the founding of the Tzu Chi Environmental Action Center will further improve Tzu Chi’s environmental protection concept ‘Source purification and quality classification’. Through exhibitions and other activities, we strive to to inform the public about the benefits of environmental protection and reduce unnecessary material consumption, thereby enabling the harmonious coexistence of humanity and the Earth’s resources. ”

Tzu Chi Environmental 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

for Sundays (closed on Tuesdays and public holidays)

Telephone

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2337 0158

Payment

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Free access

* To avoid overcrowding, visitors are advised to register on the Action Center’s official website before visiting. Walk-in visits will be subject to availability.

Website

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www.tzuchieac.org.hk

About Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation HK Ltd.

Established in 1993, Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation Hong Kong Ltd. is a non-profit charity that maintains the spirit of great loving kindness with the elements “Sincerity, Integrity, Faith and Truth” and “Unconditional Kindness. Universal Great Compassion” for more than two decades. In addition to actively promoting charitable work, such as regular visits to hospitals, homes for the blind, nursing homes, mentally recovered people and schools for physically challenged children, Tzu Chi Hong Kong also engages other charities from causes, including individual care services, visits to the homeless, emergency aid and free health checks. In addition, the Hong Kong chapter is committed to promoting Tzu Chi’s humanistic culture and advocating the teaching of Jing Si aphorisms, organize parent-child growth classes for children, and provide financial assistance to the underprivileged students.

In November 2009, Tzu Chi established the first environmental training station in the Tai Wai Liaison Office, where a new impetus was given to 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, collected from the local community was 268,128 kg in 2019. Tzu Chi has started running “GREEN @ QUARRY BAY”, which is one of the recycling stores in the program “GREEN @ COMMUNITY “launched by the Environmental Protection Department. “GREEN @ QUARRY BAY” launched since the end of December 2020 has taken Tzu Chi Hong Kong to a new chapter in environmental recycling.

For more information, refer to the official website of the Tzu Chi Environmental Action Center: The Tzu Chi Environmental Action Center opens on November 20thwww.tzuchieac.org.hk

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