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[BLOG] Lui Walton Innovators Fellowship’s Second Intake of Conservation Talent

As the inaugural Lui Walton Fellows, a “dream team” of world leaders and innovators dedicated to solving environmental challenges worldwide, near the end of their two-year programme, leading NGO Conservation International announces new positions for the Fellows of 2018-20. Seascape Fellow, Nature Is 30 Fellow, Design For Nature Fellow and China Marine Fellow are just a few of the new Lui Walton Innovators Fellowship opportunities at Conservation International (CI). Applications for the second class of Fellows are open now via...
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[BLOG] Digital education and safety in the virtual playground

A generation ago, IT and digital media were niche skills. Today, they are an essential skill for most careers and therefore children’s future prospects. Children, adolescents and families are engaging as digital citizens throughout the day but there is a necessity to bring education into the conversation, catching up with the frequently evolving digital sphere that we now live in: we must educate our children at home and at school on proper use of digital platforms, on the dangers online...
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[BLOG] Give the Gift of Education this Christmas

No matter one’s belief system, this time of year connotes the act of giving in Hong Kong, and we often find ourselves thinking of what best to buy our loved ones or what charities to support. Well, why not combine the two and donate to your preferred education-based charity to make a real difference on behalf of a loved one? Why education? According to the Hong Kong Poverty Situation Report 180,000 HK children (one in five) are living in poverty....
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[BLOG] Creative Therapies

Promoting arts and its benefits to the community is an important mission of the Trust. We believe it’s a crucial part of education in schools and self-learning for all adults. Supporting our stance, more and more health professionals and psychologists are exploring the scientific relationship between engagement with the creative arts and health outcomes, specifically the health effects of music engagement, visual arts therapy and creative writing. Put simply, society and individuals alike should engage with the arts to increase...
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[BLOG] Mental Health Awareness

In line with World Mental Health Day, The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry is helping put the spotlight on mental health awareness with the Duchess releasing an animation directed at children: Here in Hong Kong, we need to increase the conversation and awareness. We need to educate ourselves on what can be done to prevent difficult feelings from escalating into something more as we have seen a stark rise in the number of...
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[Published Article – Printed in SCMP] Soaring heat, choking pollution: Hong Kong’s citizens and leaders cannot ignore climate change

Climate change is often overlooked in Hong Kong. We don’t suffer the extreme weather many other countries face and natural disasters are limited to the occasional blustery typhoon. But we are not immune. Hong Kong has seen one of its warmest ever starts to the year and we don’t need record books to tell us this. The heat, the pollution, the suffocating air that we breathe is all down to our own making. Media reports on March 1 showed Central district recording...
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[Blog] Volunteering is good for you as well as good for others

If you have ever volunteered, you may have noticed that you felt great afterwards. Perhaps it was a boost in your mood, a feeling of gratitude for what you have, enjoyment at being part of a team or an overall sense of achievement that you have made a difference outside normal humdrum of citylife. Volunteering is a wonderful exercise for every individual, office network and community: whilst achieving things for those in need it releases such a feel-good factor that...
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[Blog] Education is key to every individual

Last week saw education and girls’ rights campaigner Malala Yousafazai earn a place at the prestigious Oxford University in the UK. Having overcome a bullet wound to the head for her beliefs in education for all, Malala reminds us of why it is so important to fight for education and every individual’s right to it. The importance of education in developing countries cannot be overstated. Education can be the catalyst needed to pull families and communities out of the cycle...
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[Published Article – Printed in Forbes] As Trump Shuns The Environment, Conservation International Draws Support From Wealthy Board Members

It might seem like the worst of times to be a nonprofit group working to protect the environment. In late March, President Trump issued an executive order that among other things discontinues funding for the Clean Power Plan, which was set up to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Trump’s proposed fiscal 2018 budget includes a 31% cut in funding for the Environmental Protection Agency and layoffs for about 20% of the agency’s staff. To top things off, Trump’s pick for...
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[Press Release] Conservation International Announcing the Launch of the Lui-Walton Innovators Fellowship

Conservation International launches new ‘Dream Team’ fellowship program to accelerate action on pressing global environmental issues Former heads of state, UN climate lead join diverse, talented inaugural class Arlington, Va., February 14, 2017 — Today, Conservation International (CI) announced a new, multimillion-dollar fellowship initiative that joins world leaders with some of the most innovative minds in conservation. Named after its founders, CI Board members Dr. Yvonne L.K. Lui and Melani and Rob Walton, the 2017 Lui-Walton Innovators Fellowship program recognizes 15 Fellows...
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