I'm an international 20-something chap with a multicultural background and upbringing mostly in HK. I lived in London 2005-2012 doing my undergrad and postgrad degrees focussing on environmental sciences and geography. Fresh from Uni I was ready to join the workforce, but the global economy seemed to 'buy-1-recession-get-1-free' and these coincided with my graduation years. So I faced the problem: How do I find a meaningful role resolving environmental problems if no-one would have me?
Hong Kong Oct, 2012 I get a text message: "How do you feel about farming?" I'm shown a beautiful, secluded valley in HK and introduced to the idea of permaculture. I helped out as best I could at the start as I didn't know much, but 8 months later in June I did my PDC at the RDI in Bolinas, CA with Penny Livingston and James Stark, Toby Hemmenway, Brock Doleman, Jeanette Acosta and Pandora Thomas. Life. Changed.
Now I help with a permaculture project a small group of us co-founded here - simply called HK Perma Club. Our mission is to help demonstrate to HK permacultural principles that can be applied to everyone's life in an enriching and complimentary way; to reconnect with nature; and enjoy good, clean food. Since starting our own consultancy a few months ago we currently have the following projects run by 4 of us:
i) Roof top garden workshops at City University, HK;
ii) Permaculture aid project in the Philippines in response to Typhoon Yolanda/ Haiyan;
iii) Maintaining and developing HK Perma Club
iv) Permaculture workshops and formal/ informal gatherings
v) Guerrilla Gardening
Our intentions are to keep going, growing and showing.