HK heartbeat #826 | 2 April 2019 |

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[First Name],

This week we are witnessing a breakdown.

After last September, it is difficult to see the loss of greenbelt at the hands of humans, especially while bees are buzzing in search of blossoms and nature is bursting into the full life of spring.

It is also difficult to see the destruction of a perfectly functional, luxury four-star hotel -- an historic Hong Kong harbourfront landmark -- close her doors to make way for a taller office block in line with sustainable financial growth and economic progress as defined by The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. I'm curious to know how many resources will be re-used and how many reusable materials will end up in the landfill or if anyone is paying attention. I'm a fan but I'm not sure how I can ever see any of their properties again and find anything that vaguely resembles sustainable in the trendy sense of the word.

Getting the call late Sunday afternoon to run down to the beach before sunset and take pictures of the severed tail of the dolphin or porpoise (we're not sure) for examination was particularly difficult. Knowing the importance of collecting the data made it easier for me to manage the stench and gently guide the chunk of rotting flesh into the bag. Tucking it up out of the way of dogs felt like the right thing to do.

It was particularly poignant given the Hong Kong premier Rob Stewart's Sharkwater on the weekend.

I keep telling myself that out of this destruction something good will come.

HK Stadium will need to break some rules if they are to figure out how to allow spectators to bring their own reusable cups in addition to offering the new reusable service that requires off-site cleaning in a FEHD sanctioned facility. I have enjoyed my time in the South Stand with the rest and it doesn't make sense to black out an entire section of the stadium. Party animals can be green, too.

A supply chain and certification system is already broken if a red pepper packed in a sealed, individual plastic bag and flown in from Spain is considered authentically organic.

Our community is breaking the pattern and offering new opportunities to break down old stereotypes.

We are starting to see farmers differently when we can visit a local farm to celebrate local organic with a Hong Kong Harvest Feast later this month. We've got free 2 tickets.

Sometimes we need to break down the bullshit beliefs that it's too hard or that we need convenient or that this one piece of single use plastic won't make a difference. We know better, now.

Maybe when we switch off the news and listen to our heart, we will hear the small voice of truth getting louder.

Maybe we can break down the walls of opinion and listen and begin to understand where the other is coming from so we can meet them where they are and begin from there.

Maybe we can break the idea of economic capitalism and replace it with delicious capitalism.

Maybe we can break up with our wasteful ways when they are used to make something beautiful.

Maybe we can be careful when we're breaking down the old so we can keep the good bits when we build something new.

What are you ready to destroy?


HK heartbeat

"There is nothing in the dark that isn't there when the lights are on." Rod Serling

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2 (7-9pm)  Healthy Pasta Alternatives  | The Mixing Bowl HK | details

3-4 Channelling Your Own Sacred Sounds | Katherine Lucas | details

3 (7:30-8:30pm) Night Tamar Meow Yoga | Meow Yoga & Wellness | details

4 (6-7:30pm) The Hero in All of Us | The Mekong Club | details

4 (6:30-8:30pm) Sacred Mountains - Mount Kailash | Asia Society HK | details

5 World Laughter Day

5 Tomb Sweeping Day

5 (4:50pm) New moon

6 (10am-5pm) Connecting to the City of Light | Yvonne Li | details

6 (10am-12pm) Cafe 8 Breakfast Social | Crafty Charity HK | details

6 (3:30-4:45pm) Slow Art Day | Asia Society HK | details

7 (10am-6pm) Access Consciousness - Bars | The Space - Wan Chai | details

7 (4:30-6pm) Earthling Experience | details

7 (6-7pm) New Moon Meditation | Alive Wellness | details

7 (7-8pm) Men's Health | Kalli Strategic | details

8 (12:15-2pm) Media Matters | Asia Society HK | details

9 (7-8:30pm) Kundalini Yoga | Red Doors Studio | details

10 (6:30-8pm) The Sustainable State | Asia Society HK | details

10 (7-9pm) Raw Vegan Food Demo | The Hive Spring | details

10 (7-8:30pm) Simplify Your Life by Reducing Waste | Alliance Francais | details

10 (7:30-8:30pm) Night Tamar Meow Yoga | Meow Yoga & Wellness | details

10 (7:30-8:30pm) Sound Healing | InnSaei | details

12 (7:30-9pm) Nature and the Urban Dweller | Swing A Cat | details

13 (8:30am-12:30pm) Forest Medicine Walk | Kembali | details

13-14 (11am-7pm) The Conscious Festival | Green is the New Black | details

13 (4-7pm) Reiki Cafe | Shine Body & Soul Healing Centre | details

14-15 (10am-6pm) Hakomi Level 1 | Hakomi Education Network Hong Kong | details

14 (11am-3pm) Lamma Island Hike Cleanup | Waste Free HK | details

14 (12:30-5:30pm) Beach Cleanup | Plastic Free Seas | details

16 (7-9:30pm) Prana Vayu and Asana | YUTI Studio | details

18 (7-9:30pm) History & Fundamentals of Yoga | YUTI Studio | details

18 (7-8:30pm) Conscious Cinema: Straws | The Vibe Tribe | details

18 (7:45-9pm) Full Moon Meditation | Dr Katherine S Dale-Baloch | details

19 Good Friday

19 (7:12pm) Full moon

20 Holy Saturday

20 (9:30am-5pm) Earth Day on the Soko Islands | Plastic Free Seas | details

21 Easter Sunday

21 (6-7pm) Full Moon Meditation | Alive Wellness | details

22 Earth Day

22 Easter Monday

22 (12-8:50pm) Love and Bananas | Animals Asia Foundation | details

25 (6:30-9:30pm) Sustainability Matters | The Hive Kennedy Town | details

26-29 City Nature Challenge 2019 | City Nature Challenge | details

27 (7:30am-6pm) 3 Islands Trail Race | The Green Race HK | details

27 (12-6:59pm) Harvest Feast | Red Sauce Hospitality | details

28-29 (10:30am-9:30pm) IRIS: Your Escape | Hybrid Group | details

28 (10am-12pm) Vegan Burgers Workshop | Green Hub | details

29 (2-3pm) Kids Art & Yoga Workshop | Koshas HK | details

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Apr 19-22 Self-Empowerment Course

May 25 Women’s Empowerment DayFest

Jun 13-16 Evolution – Asia Yoga Conference

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