In June 2011, I visited Pulau Serangoon for a recce for otter and ICCS with NParks. I had to put off opening this its as a cleanup site for ICCS as the access way is through a casuarina forest with its typical undulating ground destined to snap an ankle or two.
So I have put off opening that site for now. I have had to focus on Lim Chu Kang East Mangrove and Kranji East Mangrove in the meantime.
Last week, Ivan Kwan from NParks just returned from a visit and reported the trash is load there – its there still, waiting for us to tackle the shore.
You are not forgotten, marine life of Pulau Serangoon! I will keep looking out for an Organiser and a band of volunteers capable enough for this site. there is lot more beyond the highest high water spring tide level and the mangrove, but you get the idea.
Meanwhile, a reminder in the form of Ivan’s photos, the Flickr album of which can be found here.
If you feel keen to do something about this, and have the field experience, do email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Exam marking is almost over and we can chat during the monsoon and plan to recce the site in the first quarter of next year. No dramatics are required, slow and steady work over several years will have a miraculous effect.
During this year’s International Coastal Cleanup, we asked the Volunteer Coastal Cleanup Organisers to set aside and send us the cigarette lighters they collected off the beach in Singapore.
Dr Shigeru Fujieda from Kagoshima University is using cigarette lighters to track marine trash movement. He has published work for the north-western Pacific (Japan, Korea) and has ongoing research on the subject.
In June this year, he met many of the International Coastal Cleanup coordinators from the Asia Pacific in Korea during the AMETEC Workshop I on Marine Debris and invited us to contribute data to the project.
Armed with this simple appeal, many ICCS Organisers graciously sent us their collections rom the shores around Singapore. When we returned to NUS that 3rd Saturday in September, Pearlynn Sim decided she’d help process the collection with Melissa Teo’s help – thanks, girls!
She did such a good job, I asked her to help with the later submissions that came in. So tonight she is back in NUS to complete the job.
Next – to package the lot and send it to Fuijiera-san!
Thanks everyone, for your contributions!
Pearlynn Sim leaning and sorting a second lot of cigarette lighters from the beaches of Singapore. Photos by Xu Weiting, her java!
The motherload from Sungei Loyang, sent in recently by Chua Yi Teng, Woodlands Ring Secondary School!
The “Keep Our Waterways Clean” video has cleanup volunteers and coordinators from Waterway Watch Singapore and ICCS discussing “Every little bit adds up” – daily littering contributes to unsightly and harmful impact in our waterway and shores.
But “every little bit adds up” is also the source of strength to combat the problem, from individual responsibility to reduce the impact and volunteer effort to combat the problem on the ground.
I like this two-minute video very much, the volunteers gives you such a hopeful feeling.
Nurul, Waterways Watch Society:
“You can see the hard work and effort of everybody to build up the country to what it is now, cannot keep the park or the waters clean just by like, one or two of us, it is actually [the responsibility of] a lot of people, the community, all of us.”
Syahidah, ICCS Organiser (RGS):
“…its pretty sad to see that scenery destroyed by our trash. Every little bit adds up. So even if you see that its just one harmless cigarette butt or one empty packet, at the end of the day, can add up to millions of tons and that’s pretty overwhelming.”
Huan, ICCS student volunteer:
“I feel really heartened to see, like, all us Singaporeans coming together and picking up all the litter, it shows that we care about our environment”.
This video will be screened widely to get the message out. Thanks to NEA and the Public Hygiene Council for getting this done. Find out more at keepsgclean.sg
If you feel motivated to join us to plan our 2014 International Coastal Cleanup campaign, please see coastalcleanup.wordpress.com/volunteer!
When the little grindy things in your lotions and pastes were changed to plastic.
“Beat the Microbead campaign” is asking the manufacturers of many personal care products like scrubs and peels which now contain plastic particles to replace them with environmentally friendly alternatives, such as anise seeds, sand, salt or coconut.
These are materials that were used before plastic particles.
See these international webpages below for more information about the issue and the campaign, and how to get involved. “
Changing the focus to game-changing solutions.
The Kranji East mangrove cleanup was a motivating effort with many determined people coming together to do their bit for nature. Almost 150 people responded to the call and cleared more than 1,500kg of trash from this shoreline.
The event generated quite a number of blog posts, which is simply lovely!
- Joelle Lai’s pictorial, Raffles Museum News/Toddycats, 24 Sep 2013
- Toddycat Jocelyne Sze’s busy day! Nature Rambles, 23 Sep 2013
- Clarence the Independent joined us! klairens, 21 Sep 2013
- Toddycat Germaine’s muddy blog! The Living Fossil, 22 Sep 2013.
- Pearlynn’s cigarette lighter reflections! Reflections on Nature, 21 Sep 2013
- Liyana’s fourth coastal cleanup! Caryota Confessionals, 21 Sep 2013
And there are photo albums too:
- Photo Album 1 – link
- Photo Album 2 – link
- Photo Album 3 – link
We have eight zones in the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore 2013 and by Tuesday morning, the data submissions from four zones are complete and have been published with details at iccs-status.rafflesmuseum.net.
This is testament to the efficiency of the Organisers who put in the effort to send us consolidated data immediately after the cleanup so that we can work on it over the weekend.
While these are pre-verification numbers, the collated figures begin to give you some sense of the effort put in by volunteers:
- ICCS East Coast Zone: 563 volunteers cleared 38,918 items weighing 629kg in 100 trash bags over 6.7km [link]
- ICCS Chek Jawa Zone: 155 volunteers cleared 6,121 items weighing 1.046 tonnes in 150 trash bags over 590m [link]
- ICCS South Zone: 235 volunteers cleared 4,607 items weighing 1.341 tonnes in 266 trash bags over 2.765km [link]
- ICCS North West Zone: 513 volunteers cleared 23,171 items weighing 3.895 tonnes in 423 trash bags over 1.075km [link]
Thus far, for the four completed zones (representing about half the participants), 1,466 volunteers categorised 72,817 items of marine trash weighing 6,911kg in 939 trash bags, covering s distance of 11,130 metres.
Meanwhile, 18 photo albums have been published on Flickr in the ICCS2013 Collection.