Making Green Multicultural


Hong Kong government make Living Green chic

Recycling: How to separate different types of waste into what colour of bins.
And all they focus on is on categorizing the ‘garbage’, and if you do
so, you get 100 (full test score).

Recycling: Explaining how to separate garbage if you live in a building.  and
that both adults and kids need to separate, thus the man was both an
adult and a kid.  Their slogan: remember to separate before you throw
them into the bins.  Is your building separating garbage? if not, call
hk environment department.
Living Green (my favourite video).  Translation on the t-shirts:
1. BYOB – bring your own bag
2. separating garbage
3. Save Energy
4. Simple packaging – thus the simple tie of the flowers (we have
crazy flower packaging)
5. turning house temperature to 25.5 degrees (hk ppl turn up their air
conditioner really high in the summer)

Fourth Video:  Transportation
1. Walk more
2. Take public transportation
3. turn off your key
4. hybrid car


Filed under: Hong Kong, information, Uncategorized


It’s been a LONG time since i have updated this blog.  I doubt anyone read my blog anymore, which put me at ease as I feel less pressured to write deep and meaningful. So both my NGOs are still alive, after 1 year.  But i think this is the most crucial time.  It’s easy to start, but difficult to keep it alive.  I guess this is normal, seeing the fact that some reality tv shows are based on finishing a half-done DIY renovation projects.  Still, at times like this, I usually will doubt my own strength and capability.   You know that little voice that goes, “sandra, you are not good at this anyway.  so why don’t you just run back to Toronto and start something there…. and repeat the same cycle”. 

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making Green modern

Found this great website by accident: Inhabitat

Covers the green movement in the design world, including fashion, graphic design, architecture, interior design, etc. You know, the cool people.

My favourite is the EcoFashion Report. And no, it’s not the hippies clothes. It seems the top fashion world are catching on to this Green thing too.

A really cool step-by-step gree guide for those graphic designers out there on to print greenly.

They are making Green modern.

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加拿大空氣很好,環境很舒服。但是我們看不到加國其實是一個很浪費的國家, 加國在製造廢物方面,是全世界排第一,反而美國排第二。這是以城市廢物對GDP的比率來計算的。國內,quebec是全國製造廢物最多的省分,每一分鐘 製造20噸的廢物。

處理廢物是一個很頭痛的問題。不單堆填區越來越滿,地方越來越少,管理一個堆填區也很花人力和物力,因需要時常視察堆填區有否做成環境破壞,如放出對人體有害的污染物,或污染地下水道和土地。所以不是所有廢物可隨手丟去,有一些是屬於危險垃圾另,需經過特別處理。另外,堆填區放出的甲烷和運輸廢物的車輛對全球暖化業也有很大影響。在2002年,quebec 放出又如2.4憶的車的CO2;收集Montreal其中一個的堆填區,Pierrefond,每天就有120的運輸廢物的車輛出出入入這地區,這需使用很多汽油,放出很多CO2,和影響當地居民的生活。照這趨勢,垃圾只會越來越貴的。

買耐用的产品, 不追求潮流,選择高品质、耐用及可以升级或附加配件的产品
買綠色产品,如100﹪的再用紙,有機t-shirt or produce, 天然降解的垃圾袋。

但是很多人也問到循環再造過程中,是否製造更多污染呢?某程到上是對的。循環再造不是最好的解決辦法, 因過程中需消耗很多能源。它的作用是減少人類對有限天然資源的需求和廢物堆填區的依賴。所以最好的仍是減廢,從我們每天生活點點滴滴中減少垃圾,減少我們對地球的壓力。

Filed under: GreenLife, information

Sounds Like Canada

I went on my first national program: Sounds Like Canada. The conversation was very interesting, and it was very comforting to know that there are other cultural groups out there working for the same cause.

It was a great exchange. However, I was expecting more. I was expecting an open conversation that focuses on solutions, focuses on HOW-TO, whether it’d be how to help the green movement to understand the needs of cultural community, or things that have worked for their communities which may also work for other groups.

When asked about the environmental demands on China pressured by the developed countries such as US, I did not comment. But what was going in my mind was David Suzuki’s comment on climate change: “We’re in a giant car heading towards a brick wall and everyone’s arguing over where they’re going to sit.” This is how I feel when I left the studio that day.

Sounds Like Canada: Ethnic Environmentalists
“Today on Sounds Like Canada, we find out why immigrants want to change the colour of the green movement. Kevin talks to Sandra Lee of Montreal’s Green Life Movement, Kaushik Vyas in Toronto, and Susanna Tam of Vancouver’s Mango Communications.”

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Women & Climate Change…

“The passionate performances from these and other artists – Shakira, Alicia Keys and Madonna among them – were designed to project the Live Earth message across a powerful multimedia platform…to move people to combat the climate crisis”.

The complexity involved in the pursuit of this objective is highlighted by two important points emerging from recent research by the London think-tank, AccountAbility.

First, women are more concerned about global warming than men.

Second, a majority of consumers – in Britain and the US alike – say they are willing to make personal sacrifices to prevent global warming, but only 10% trust the guidance they receive from business, government – or jet-setting celebrities – on this issue.

Live Earth exhorted citizens to “answer the call” and make a commitment by buying low-energy light bulbs, switching off lights and using more public transport. But when the BBC website asked during Live Earth “can people can make a difference?”, the “yes” and “no” votes from nearly 40,000 people were very close.” For more, go here.


Will then women be the leaders of future sustainable development?
How will this affect the way we communicate Climate Change?

Filed under: interests

CTV’s Green Report

So I was on CTV’s Green Report today, July 10th. That’s the good news!

The bad news is that I missed it. So if there is anyone who somehow somewhere randomly saw it, and recorded it, let me know.

A big thank you to Cindy Sherwin and her cameraman to spend an hour with me in Chinatown. She is a great journalist.

sandra lee

Filed under: GreenLife, Press

MIE & Me

As mentioned in the About Me, I am also starting an environmental coalition that brings different cultural communities together with the green movement.

We recently got an article from VOIR. The picture there took Lidia and I half an hour to take. hahhaha!

In French, journalist, Marie-Claude Marsolais, writes about us:

“L’environnement n’a peut-être pas de frontière, il reste que chaque culture voit vert à sa manière. Malgré le travail acharné des groupes environnementaux, ces derniers peinent à rejoindre les communautés culturelles de Montréal. C’est ce qu’a constaté le dernier-né des organismes verts québécois, Mobilisation Interculturelle pour l’Environnement….” for more, see article.


Recently, Lidia and I started talking. We came up with the idea of organizing a dialogue exchange with all the Eco-Quartiers who work with cultural communities.

Lidia came up with this idea before MIE even started. I came up with the idea after feeling helpless working in Quartier Chinois. Then, we received a comment from someone who works in Eco-Quartier Hochelaga. She congrats us with our MIE initiative, and it seems that she can benefit from our coalition.

It’s good to know that our ideas are not too far off from reality. It’s good to know we are not that crazy.

So if you are working at an Eco-Quartier or interested in this exchange, keep a look out for us at the end of july.

Filed under: MIE

….what happened?

It’s been a while I have updated my blog. Things got really busy after the publish of the Gazette article. More media came: CTV, CBC, RCI, Sino Quebec, La Press Chinoise, Luby Chinese Journal. Then of course, there is also the boycotting incident.

When I feel like I can breathe, it’s already July.


So what happened? My good friend, Shu Yi, told me that the media comes when you are the busiest. And yes, we were surely packed with activities that fell on our lap.
1) We held kiosks twice in Chinatown,
2) 2 presentations to the elderlys
3) Environmental workshop (on e-waste) at summer leadership camp
4) 1 movie screening

The media attention also led to the questioning of our relationships with all different stakeholders. Things got stressful and complicated, in a good way.

This is a real test to see whether or not multiculturalism and environmentalism will work. The need for partnership from environmental NGOs and local community organizations is essential. One without another is pointless.

Yet, factors such as fundings, ways resources are shared, sense of belonging and loyalty, all suggest the need for different structure.

I want to make it work. Because pollution and climate change will not wait for us.

All I want people to first stop using styrofaom.

Filed under: Blogroll, GreenLife

Why Green Life in Montreal’s Chinese Community

If you have read the Gazette article, you would understand that the purpose of the Montreal Green Life movement is to create a culturally appropriate environmental strategy to cater for Chinese Montrealers. This is because the current mainstream environmental movement targets mostly the western lifestyle and is not culturally sensitive.

Buying local produce is a popular solution that the green movements proposed. The reason is that buying foreign imported foods require long-distance transportation, which creates air pollution and uses energy, and chemicals for preservation. However, this solution may not necessarily apply to the Chinese community, or any other cultural communities for that matter.

This is because eating/cooking Chinese food and buying Chinese products are essential to our Chinese lifestyles and cultural identity. As Chinese, this solution does not make sense. Fortunately, there are more and more local chinese stores and manufacturers producing chinese products for our local community. This is great because it’s good for our economy and the environment.

This is why Green Life was born – in hope to find an approach and eco-solutions that can be tailored to the Chinese lifestyle. We aim to increase greener practices within the Chinese community while not compromising our standard of living.

Our emphasis has always been the environmental progress in Mainland, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. And we encourage that, as overseas Chinese, we should starting doing something at our local community.

Filed under: GreenLife