REVOLUTIONISING CONSERVATION IN CHINA
China’s huge population, growing prosperity, and traditional culture places it front and centre in the global effort to protect our planet’s biodiversity. Yet, a burgeoning demand for endangered wildlife products, combined with China’s rapidly growing influence and interdependence with the global economy presents both challenges and opportunities for those seeking to reverse the destruction to our environment. The country has the highest demand on wild life in the world owing to traditional beliefs, cultural habits, and greed. This insatiable appetite must change in order to protect and preserve biodiversity as we know it. As China develops, attitudes are changing at an impressive rate so although a daunting task, I’m confident it can be achieved because the Chinese are practical and adaptable. After all, we used to bind our women’s’ feet for centuries until a few decades ago, yet today it is unthinkable!
With rapid development comes pollution and food safety issues, positioning China at the cusp of a new era where environmental concerns are a top priority for both the political establishment and the growing middle class. However, like any proud race, the Chinese people do not respond well to finger pointing and hectoring; taking such an approach is counterproductive and doomed to fail. Only by changing the perception of their own self-interest can attitudes and habits be changed. Bearing in mind China’s rapidly increasing pluralism, as someone based in Hong Kong who racially and culturally bridges the gap between China and the West, I am in an ideal position to educate and influence, effecting the requisite change which will have positive outcomes for a sustainable environment. China’s evolution is welcome, but in the field of environmental and biodiversity protection, a virtual revolution is urgently required.
For over a century Hong Kong has arguably been the most important nexus between China and the West. Now part of the PRC, the Special Administrative Region presents an ideal platform to reach out to Chinese people with new ideas. With the world’s 6th highest GDP (PPP) per capita and a critical role as an international financial hub, Hong Kong channels 33% of the foreign capital flows into China. But Hong Kong’s historical influence also extends to the latest foreign trends, such as international cuisine, entertainment, fashion & technology. Endorsements from prestigious brands would be of significant benefit towards leading the way to change.
Having worked in Hong Kong’s public broadcasting and cinematic field since 1987, I make use of that in the Chinese diaspora to advocate via art, culture, media, and education. I am also privileged to be able to access and influence both the public and private sectors, often collaborating with other NGOs who share my vision and concern. Over several years of intensive participation in international conservation efforts, I’ve had the opportunity to associate with and learn from many leading experts in their respective fields. Their collective analysis is alarming and has awakened my sense of urgency towards conservation issues. During this time, my work on marine conservation (particularly the ban on shark-fin), and elephant protection advocacy has gained much momentum as reflected by positive and concrete results from my lobbying with governing bodies. My efforts enjoy tremendous public support and awareness via social and other media. I intend to scale up my efforts to affect urgent change where possible and I’m developing a stronger platform to better deliver more projects to effectively reach out to China and the rest of the world.
My work thus far, related to animals and conservation:
1992 : Hosted and co-produced a program for ATV Hong Kong about proper care and responsibility towards animals.
1994 - 2000: Served on the board of directors at ‘WWF’ World Wide Fund for Nature, H.K.
2008 - Today: Ambassador for SPCA H.K. As well as the advisor for their Cadet Program.
2008 - Today: Ambassador for Bloom.
2008 - Today: Ambassador for Hong Kong Cetacean Research Project.
2009 - 2010: “森海尋寶” Co-produced and hosted a ‘TVB-Hong Kong’ prime time series which gained the highest ratings of any other series aired in 2010.
The Chinese name of the show sounds like ‘Deep Sea Treasure Hunt’ but the characters translate to a search for nature’s treasures from forests to seas. The series was filmed in the Solomon Islands and shows healthy biodiversity from jungles to oceans with points of interest such as cave and wreck diving, to life in the jungles from morning to night. It is also a series that speaks of conservation issues such as shark finning and sustainable seafoods. By bringing these issues to viewers in a colourful and exciting format, we achieved the goal of inspiring a city population to greater appreciation of nature. Thus, raising awareness of every person’s responsibility to protect and preserve our planet’s nature and natural resources for future generations.
Links to TV show’s trailer-
Valerie May Taylor A.M.
Knight of the Order of the Golden Ark
Born in Sydney, Australia, Valerie began diving in the 1950s and became an Australian spearfishing champion who then turned from hunting to marine conservation. Together with her husband Ron, the Taylors are pioneers of the underwater film industry who have won more than a dozen international photography awards, written several books, and produced dozens of documentaries. They were the first to shoot footage of a great white shark in its natural element while filming for Jaws and many other movies. Valerie is an advisor to the Australian Minister of Fisheries on marine conservation, and has been instrumental in aiding in the protection of numerous areas and several species. Now in her 80's, Valerie continues to inspire others to a greater love of our oceans while fighting to protect and preserve marine biodiversity.
3/41 Lauderdale Ave. Fairlight Ave. NSW 2094 Australia.
Tel: (02) 99489597 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Publisher: Ocean Geographic Magazine
Director: Ocean Geographic Society
ounding Director: OceanNEnvironment
Michael Aw is an award-winning underwater photographer, author, publisher, and the founding director of OceanNEnvironment, an NGO which promotes and initiates marine conservation projects.
Michael’s work on environmental issues and natural history have been featured in BBC Wildlife, National Geographic, Asian Geographic, GEO, Underwater GEOGRAPHIC, Nature Focus, Action Asia, Scuba Diver, Smithsonian magazine, Ocean Realm (USA), Times, Asia Week, DIVE, Unterwasser, Tauchen, and Aquanaut. He has published 27 books, while his photographs have received more than 50 awards from prominent international organisations.
P.O.Box 2138, Carlingford Court, NSW 2118 Australia
Tel: +65 90019884 / +61(0)43083838
China (Hong Kong):
Executive Director, SPCA Hong Kong.
(SPCA) The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Hong Kong) is a registered charity to promote animal welfare in Hong Kong, with outreach services to China. We are the pioneering organisation in the region that promotes humane treatment of animals and responsible pet care, ranging from the physical to emotional health of companion animals. We also command a task force that can travel to locations and deal with emergencies such as saving a cat from a high rise window-ledge to putting to sleep a badly injured cow at roadside.
5 Wan Shing St. Wanchai. Hong Kong.
Tel: +852- 2802-0510 / Fax: +852- 2802-7229
Actor; Director; Producer; Philanthropist; SBS (Silver Bauhinia Star); MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire).
Jackie Chan was born in 7 April 1954 and is an Hong Kong based actor, martial artist, film director, producer and singer. In his movies, he is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised weapons, and innovative stunts, which he typically performs himself. He has been acting since the 1960s and has appeared in over 150 films. As a cultural icon, he has been referenced in various pop songs, cartoons, and video games. Jackie Chan has also released a number of albums and sung many of the theme songs for the films in which he has starred. As a notable philanthropist he has his own foundation which helps with education throughout rural parts of China, opening schools and bringing education to the poor. He has also been actively promoting conservation.
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Nancy Lee Nash
Rolex Award Laureate 1987
UNEP Global Role of Honour 1993
Hong Kong Earth Champion Quest 2008 - (for biodiversity)
Nancy Nash is a journalist, conservationist, and environmental education consultant who has lived in Hong Kong since the 1960's. She initiated the first contact between World Wildlife Fund International (WWF) and the Chinese Government which led to a major cooperative effort to sustain the existence of the endangered giant panda. She is also responsible for initiating, financing and running the project entitled 'The Buddhist Perception of Nature - A New Perspective for Conservation Education.' A project aimed at probing the environmental ethics of religious and native communities throughout the world. For initiating this globally significant project, Nancy Nash received the prestigious Rolex Award for Enterprise in 1987.
104 Welsby Court, 80 Macdonnell Road. Hong Kong
Tel: +852 25233465
Professor Yvonne Sadovy
Marine biologist, Grouper & Wrasse Specialist
Yvonne Sadovy joined The University of Hong Kong in 1993 after five years as Director of the Fisheries Research Laboratory of the government of Puerto Rico and then as biologist with the Caribbean Fishery Management Council of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA, USA). She was previously based at the Marine Science Department of the University of Puerto Rico. Current teaching activities emphasize the biology, fisheries and conservation of fishes. Courses coordinated include Fish Biology, Conservation Ecology, Fisheries and Mariculture at the undergraduate level and teaching in other courses including Environmental Management for postgraduates. From February - July, 2007, she was head of Department just prior its integration into the School of Biological Sciences.
Flat 8B, 25 Sha Wan Drive. Hong Kong
Tel: +852 6017 7702 / e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Yao Ming is a Chinese basketball player, who became an international star as a centre for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA) in USA. Born to accomplished basketball-playing parents who each stood more than 6 feet tall, Yao towered over his classmates from an early age. In 1997 he joined the Shanghai Sharks of the China Basketball Association and lead the Chinese team to a respectable 10th-place finish at the 2000 Olympic Games. Yao is a national icon who is keen on charity work, founding the Yao Foundation to initially help with earthquake victims but continuing with community care and education. He is also well known as an advocate for conservation issues, particularly the promotion to stem the trade in shark fin and elephant ivory.
Tel:+86 010 64790170 / Fax: +86 010 64790093
Founder of the Underwater 3some Group. This is comprised of Asian Diver Magazine; Scuba Diver Magazine; & Asia Dive Expo.
John Thet is the Publisher & Editorial Director of Asian Diver magazine and Scuba Diver magazine (Ocean Planet) which is the official publication of the Hans Hass Fifty Fathoms Award. He is also the Executive Director of 'ADEX' Asian Dive Expo, the largest and longest running dive expo throughout Asia.
Asian Geographic Magazines Pte Ltd.
20 Bedok South Road. Singapore 469277
Tel: +65 62983241 / Fax: +65 62912068
Carl Gustaf Lundin
Director: Global Marine and Polar Program
International Union for the
Conservation of Nature
Carl Lundin is the Director if IUCN's Global Marine and Polar Programme. As such, his primary responsibility is to develop the programme in four areas: global coastal issues, high seas, climate change/nature-based solutions and working with marine- and coastal-based industries. Before joining IUCN, Carl worked with the World Bank for more than 12 years. His primary focus was coastal and marine management issues in several regions including Argentina, China, Eritrea, Indonesia, Mexico, Mesoamerica, Seychelles, Uruguay.
28 Rue Mauverney. 1196 GLAND. Switzerland.
Tel: +41 22 999 00 00 fax: +41 22 999 00 25
Dr. Brian W. Darvell
Brian Darvell is a former Professor at the Hong Kong University from 1980 - 2009, and the former Chairman of the Hong Kong Marine Conservation Society. During his time in Hong Kong, an an avid diver and marine enthusiast, he was one of the founding members of Reef Check Hong Kong as well as one of the earliest environmentalists to pioneer anti-shark-fin campaigns in the region. Following his departure from The University of Hong Kong, after nearly 29 years, he took up a position in the Faculty of Dentistry, Kuwait University, 2009 - 2014. He is now institution-free, but still active.
21A Pool Green. Neston. Wiltshire. SN13 9SN U.K.
Tel: +44 1225 81 06 71 / M: +44 7898 62 55 30
United States of America:
Alex Antoniou, Ph. D.
Dr. Antoniou has been working with and studying sharks for over 18 years. He began his work by establishing a field station for the Shark Research Institute in the Honduran Bay Island of Utila and subsequently convinced the Honduran Government to enact protection laws for the whale shark in their territorial waters. From Honduras, to Mexico and the Galápagos Islands, he initiated an acoustic-telemetry program to study scalloped hammerhead sharks at Cocos Island, Costa Rica. Dr. Antoniou has a passion for shark research and conservation which lead him to found Fins Attached: Marine Research and Conservation, a non-profit organization based in Colorado Springs. He feels that more people need to become engaged in protecting these magnificent and valuable creatures. Becoming educated about sharks is the first step.
FINS ATTACHED: Marine Research and Conservation
19675 Still Glen Drive. Colorado Springs C.O. 80908 USA
Ernie Brooks ll
residential Emeritus of Brooks Institute of Photography
As a noted photographer, educator and ambassador for the diving industry, Ernie Brooks has won international acclaim for his underwater photography and audio/visual presentations. He began his education in under water photography in 1956 and built his first underwater camera housing at the age of 19. A graduate of the world-renowned Brooks Institute of Photography which was founded by his father, Ernest Brooks Senior in 1945, Ernie Brooks pioneered the undersea photography program at Brooks Institute. The program is recognized as one of the most extensive underwater photography programs in the world and is also a major research and testing center for underwater photography. Ernie worked diligently at the Institute for many years and became President in 1971. As a professional photographer, his legendary photo skills have been featured in many prestigious exhibits internationally.
4319 Chambers Lake Drive SE,
Lacey W.A. 98503 U.S.A.
California State Assembly Member / Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore
The son of immigrant parents, David Chiu grew up in Boston and received his undergraduate, law and master’s in public policy degrees from Harvard University. Before running for office, David Chiu was a hands-on leader in San Francisco and the Greater Bay Area. In the mid-1990s, Chiu served as Democratic Counsel to the U.S. Senate Constitution Subcommittee and Senator Paul Simon’s aide to the U.S. Senate Budget Committee. He also served as President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for six years. David Chiu was elected to the California State Assembly in November 2014. He represents the 17th Assembly District, which encompasses eastern San Francisco. In December 2014, Chiu was appointed to his current position as Assistant Speaker pro Tempore for the 2015-16 Legislative session.
State Capitol. P.O.Box 952859. Sacramento C.A. 94249-0017 U.S.A. / District Office: 455 Golden Gate Ave. Rm 14300. S.F. C.A. 94102 U.S.A.
Tel: (916) 319-2017 / (415) 557-3013
Fax: (916) 319-2117 / (415) 557-3015
Dr. Sylvia A. Earle
Scientist, Oceanographer, Explorer
Sylvia Alice Earle was born on August 30, 1935 and is an American marine biologist , explorer, author, and lecturer. Since 1998 she has been a National Geographic explorer-in-residence. Earle was the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and was named by Time Magazine as its first Hero for the Planet in 1998. The impressive list of Dr. Earle's accomplishments are very extensive but perhaps her most important work has been to effectively influence and inspire countless others to a deeper appreciation of our oceans. Thus bringing about global marine conservation awareness and actions.
1145 17th Street N.W., Washington. D.C. 20036-4688
Tel: (202) 862-8678 / Cell: (209) 481-0140
Fax: (202) 862-5270
Humane Society International - Iris Ho
Iris Ho is the Wildlife Program Manager at The Humane Society International. Born in Taiwan, she is bilingual and skilled at international relations. Therefore she often works with Sharon Kwok on collaborative campaigns to protect certain animal species. Humane Society International is the only international animal protection organisation working to protect all animals, including farm animals, those used in laboratories, pets, and wildlife. Their goal is to achieve humane treatment of all animals and a respect for life.
2100 L Street, NW. Washington, DC 20037
Tel: (301) 258-3010 / Fax: (301) 258-3082
Chair of the committee on Water,
Parks, and Wildlife
Assembly - California Legislature
Assemblymember Marc Levine was elected in November 2012 to represent the 10th Assembly District, in California. A former San Rafael City Councilmember, Levine has held leadership posts throughout his career helping to develop innovative solutions at the local, state, national and international levels. He currently chairs the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife. This committee is responsible for overseeing Water Bond expenditures, implementation of a long-term plan to protect our beautiful parks, and protecting endangered species, migratory birds, and other wildlife.
State Capitol. P.O. Box 942849 Sacramento C.A. 94249-0119 U.S.A.
Tel: (916) 319-2096 Fax: (916) 319-2196
California State Senator, 25th District.
Senator Carol Liu represents the 25th District. Prior to going into politics, she graduated with a bachelor degree in art and taught history. Among her major accomplishments in the Senate has been the enactment of Senate Bill 110, the Crime Victims with Disabilities Act of 2010. Passed unanimously by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the bill assures that abuse and neglect of people with disabilities and elders are treated as crimes. The 25th District encompasses Los Angeles and many vital areas of California.
State Capitol. Rm 5097. Sacramento C.A. 95814 USA
Tel: (916) 651-4025 / Fax: (916) 651- 4925
Richard "Ric" O'Barry
Founder & Director of The Dolphin Project
Ric O'Barry is an American first recognized in the 1960s for capturing and training the five dolphins that were used in the well-known 60's TV series Flipper. O'Barry made a radical transition from training dolphins in captivity to assertively combating the captivity industry soon after Kathy, one of the Flipper dolphins, died in his arms. In 1970 he founded the Dolphin Project, a group that aims to educate the public about cetacean captivity and, where feasible, free captive dolphins. He was featured in the Academy Award-winning film, The Cove (2009), which exposes the yearly dolphin hunt that goes on in Japan. Ric continues to travel the world to bring about a further understanding of cetaceans in captivity and to end their slaughter.
171 Pier Avenue. 234 Santa Monica. C.A.90405 U.S.A.
Tel: (310) 929-7170. Fax: (310) 881-1256
Dr. Richard Pan
Senator, Sixth Senate District
Richard Pan is an American politician currently serving in the California State Senate. He is a Democrat representing the 6th district. Richard Pan is also a doctor who was a pediatrician and professor at the UC Davis Children's Hospital where he led the pediatric residency program. Pan founded 'Communities and Health Professionals Together', a nationally recognized program that partners resident physicians with community associations to improve community health.
State Capitol. Rm 4070. Sacramento C.A. 95814 USA
Tel: (916) 651-4006 / Fax: (916) 651-4906
Executive Director & Vice President of National Audubon Society.
Michael Sutton of Monterey, California, was appointed to the Fish and Game Commission on May 3, 2007. He was reappointed on March 25, 2009 to a six-year term. Sutton currently serves as Executive Director of Audubon California and Vice President, Pacific Flyway with the National Audubon Society. Previously, he founded the Center for the Future of the Oceans at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in 2004 and served as program officer for the conservation and science program at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation from 1999 to 2004. Prior to that, Sutton worked at the World Wildlife Fund from 1990 to 1999. He also served as special agent for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from 1984 to 1990. Sutton also worked for the National Park Service as a park ranger from 1980 to 1984.
4225 Hollis Street. Emeryville C. A. 94608. U.S.A.
Mobile: +1(831) 402-3650 / Fax: + 1(831) 647-6870
Oceanographer / Explorer / Captain U.S. Navy (retired) Don Walsh was born on November 2, 1931 and is an American Oceanographer, explorer and marine policy specialist. He and Jacques Piccard were aboard the bathyscaphe Trieste when it made a record maximum descent into the Mariana Trench on January 23, 1960, the deepest point of the world's oceans measured at 35,798 feet (10,911 m). Walsh has been associated with ocean science, engineering, and marine Policy for more than 50 years. As part of the U.S. Navy, he spent 15 years at sea, mostly in submarines, and was a commander. He worked with ocean-related research and development for the Navy. Serving as Dean of Marine Programs and Professor of Ocean Engineering at the University of Southern California, Walsh initiated and directed the university's Institute for Marine and Coastal Studies.
International Maritime Incorporated
14758 Sitkum Lane. Myrtle Point. Oregon. 97458 U.S.A.
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