AquaMeridian Conservation & Education

Our Mission

AquaMeridian Conservation and Education Foundation (AquaMeridian) is a registered Hong Kong-based non-profit organisation founded by celebrity and avid conservationist, Sharon Kwok in 2013. Sharon has worked in Hong Kong’s public broadcasting and cinematic field since 1987, and she is also a fine art major and makes use of this throughout the global Chinese Diaspora for advocacy.

AquaMeridian aims to educate and engage the public – particularly in Hong Kong – about conservation and sustainability issues through creative and cross-cultural programs.

We envision Hong Kong as a steward for environmental protection in Asia.

Hong Kong, the “Fragrant Harbour”, is a city built on its relationship with the sea. Growing from a small fishing island to one of the busiest trading ports in the world, it has long been dependent on our local natural riches. But as our population and demand for resources grew, we neglected our roles as caretakers of the planet, with overfishing, ocean acidification, and pollution happening in our own waters.

Furthermore, Hong Kong acts as a hub for a thriving wildlife trade, with ivory and shark fin being bought and sold openly and legally. With Hong Kong long having been a multicultural bridge between the East and the West, as well as the gateway to China, increasing awareness of environmental issues within the city can have a far-reaching impact in the rest of Asia.

 

We believe that education is the key to a sustainable future for our planet.

 

AquaMeridian supports IUCN’s Sustainable Use policy and advocates the sustainable use of natural resources. As a leading conservation and education organisation based in Hong Kong, we promote sustainable living lifestyles through public education and celebrity-driven mass media campaigns. We also strive to inspire a great love of nature so that together we can learn how to responsibly maintain the vital balance that supports all life as we know it.

Some examples of our previous conservation works include:

  1. Speaking out in California State Assemblyfor the initiation of bans on the United States’ shark fin and ivory trades;
  2. Working with numerous airlines and local businesses to curb non-sustainable trade in Hong Kong, as well as lobbying for the abolishment of the consumption of shark fin soup at local government functions;
  3. Being a key local player in the successful government legislation that will ban Hong Kong’s Ivory trade;
  4. Presented the more recent motion in May 2018 to increase the protection for Green Sea Turtles within Hong Kong waters, which met with unanimous support through Hong Kong’s Legislative Council.

We are strongly committed to harmonious working relationships with all local and international conservation and environmental bodies and agencies. During the past two CITIES COP, AquaMeridian worked with numerous NGOs to lobby for further protection of various species – the most notable being the pangolins movement during COP17, when all eight species were placed on CITES’ Appendix 1.

However, non-aggressive and entertaining education is the key to effectively reaching the masses, therefore we speak at educational institutions of all levels, corporations, beach clean ups that we initiate, and just about anywhere we have a platform. We have also produced educational materials such as finely detailed toys, recyclable bags, and scarves which all include educational information. At the moment, we are actively working with the Hong Kong Government Authorities to promote marine conservation and curb the use of single use plastics.

Changing Consumer Perceptions & Behaviour

China’s huge population, prosperity, and traditional culture places it front and centre in global conservation efforts. Yet, continued demand for endangered flora or fauna brings about both challenges and opportunities for those seeking to reverse the destruction to our environment.

Only by changing the perception of a population’s self-interest can attitudes and habits be changed. To that end, we are also working with some well-known old Hong Kong companies to help them phase out non-sustainable practices. For example, getting fast food chains to stop handing out single use plastics, or supporting a major Traditional Chinese Medicine company to promote education in the use of their sustainable products while urging them to advocate against the use of non-sustainable ingredients.

Our insatiable appetite for non-sustainable natural resources and our limited concern for environmental conservation must change in order to protect and preserve biodiversity as we know it. In so doing, we are preserving Earth for future generations.

 

China’s huge population, prosperity, and traditional culture places it front and centre in global conservation efforts. Yet, continued demand for endangered flora or fauna brings about both challenges and opportunities for those seeking to reverse the destruction to our environment.

Only by changing the perception of a population’s self-interest can attitudes and habits be changed. To that end, we are also working with some well-known old Hong Kong companies to help them phase out non-sustainable practices. For example, getting fast food chains to stop handing out single use plastics, or supporting a major Traditional Chinese Medicine company to promote education in the use of their sustainable products while urging them to advocate against the use of non-sustainable ingredients.

Our insatiable appetite for non-sustainable natural resources and our limited concern for environmental conservation must change in order to protect and preserve biodiversity as we know it. In so doing, we are preserving Earth for future generations.

 

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