Volunteer opportunity for NUS‒NParks Marine Debris Project (Jul – Aug 2017)

We are looking for volunteers to assist us in the NUS‒NParks Marine Debris Project, which involves establishing a national baseline data of marine debris for Singapore. The role mainly involves testing data collection methods for marine debris from spot locations on several beaches on mainland Singapore.

You can join us if you are:

  • Able to commit on weekday mornings and available on the 4th week of July and the first and second weeks of August 2017.
  • Passionate for the environment and issue of marine trash.
  • Meticulous, and highly organized.
  • Comfortable with working outdoors.

 To sign up for the volunteer opportunity, please fill up this form and we will contact you shortly.

For any enquiries, please contact Joleen Chan (dbsjoch@nus.edu.sg)

 

Celebrate National Day with a Coastal Cleanup @ Lim Chu Kang East (Sat 05 Aug 2017)

Every year, volunteers with the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore (ICCS) celebrate National Day with a coastal cleanup @ Lim Chu Kang beach and mangrove. This year we will be working @ Lim Chu Kang East on Saturday 5th Aug 2017: 8.00am – 10.30am.

To join us, Sign up here by 1st August 2017! (Indicate if you need transport by selecting the right ticket type)
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Why do we conduct coastal cleanups? Habitats along Singapore’s coastlines host an amazing biodiversity and trash present in these areas impact our wildlife adversely and devalue the natural beauty of the landscape. Coastal cleanups conducted by volunteers around the world remove this trash, raise awareness about the impact of marine trash, and motivate us to work towards solutions including sustainable daily practises.

Lim Chu Kang East is an unprotected but precious patch of wetland, located in the northwest of Singapore. Incoming trash from the Johor Straits is regularly deposited on the shoreline and impacts the animals, plants and the organisms of the ecosystem there.

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Meeting Point: Participants can meet at the bus stop outside Kranji MRT (Bus code: 45139) and will be transported to the cleanup site at Lim Chu Kang Lane 9, or meet us at the venue itself.

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Itinerary 

  • 07.45am – Bus pick up at bus stop outside Kranji MRT (Bus code: 45139)
  • 08.15am – Bus arrives at the Lim Chu Kang Lane 9. Apply insect repellant, collect gloves and trash bags. Safety and procedure briefing.
  • 08.30am – Cleanup begins
  • 09.45am – End of cleanup; transport trash bags to Trash Collection Points.
  • 10.00am – Trash is weighed and moved to the Trash Disposal Point; debrief.
  • 10.15am – Participants clean up; there are no public amenities in this area and your legs must be clean to enter the bus. So bring some water.
  • 10.30am – Bus departs for Kranji MRT.

Things to note:

  1. Transport to Lim Chu Kang East, gloves, trash bags and weighing scales are provided.
  2. You must wear hard-soled covered shoes or booties to to protect your feet from hazards, else you will not be allowed to work in the area.
  3. A change of clothes is recommended after a sweaty workout.
  4. You must be clean to enter the bus – bring a cloth and extra water to do this.
  5. Long pants are recommended to protect your legs from insect bites.
  6. We will continue the cleanup in rain (bring rain gear) but cease if there is threat of lightning.

Things to bring:

  1. Water bottle (with at least one litre of water)
  2. Hat and/ or sun block
  3. Reusable raincoat / poncho (we will work in light rain)
  4. Towel to wipe off sand and mud
  5. Change of clothes for public transport.

Be prepared:

  1. Sleep early the night before
  2. Have a decent breakfast – it’s hard work!
  3. Be punctual – the bus is unable to wait for latecomers; and the tide waits for no one!
  4. Refer to this recce report of Lim Chu Kang beach and mangrove.
  5. Please read our advice to participants to prepare yourself for the cleanup!

Thank you for caring for our planet!

ICCS @ Nan Hua Primary School’s EarthFest 2017: Learning about marine life and marine trash

25 May 2017 (Thursday) – ICCS was invited to set up a booth at Nan Hua Primary School’s EarthFest event, where various activities, talks and booths were arranged to nurture a strong pro-environment mindset and green culture amongst students. Other NGOs there included the Restroom Association and Cat Welfare Society and a parent volunteer group prepared creative upcycling craft activities for students.

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ICCS volunteers Jia Hui, Delia, Sakinah and Tina all set and ready to engage and inspire young minds!

We were glad to be joined by eight students from the Raffles Girls’ School’s Project Atlantis who crafted puzzles and games for the Nan Hua Primary students to learn about marine trash in a fun and engaging way!

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ICCS volunteers (left) and students of the Raffles Girls’ School’s Project Atlantis (right) joined forces in spreading the message about the problem of marine trash!

A “feast” of educational materials were prepared for the ICCS outreach booth to share with approximately 1,600 students about Singapore’s marine life, impacts of marine trash and what we can do to help solve the problem. In addition to ICCS posters and photos of animals affected by trash, we equipped ourselves with specimens of marine life, a “Spot the Trash” activity card, as well as actual marine trash items collected from East Coast Park.

We exhausted ourselves by speaking continuously for three hours, but raising awareness of marine trash to a attentive young audience was rewarding. It was encouraging for ICCS volunteers to learn how much the students knew about the importance of disposing trash properly and the need to protect the marine environment at an early age.

A great big thank you to the ICCS volunteers Chen Jia Hui, Delia Quek, Quek Xiao Tong, Sakinah Nazihah Roslan, and Tina Liow for lending us a hand at the booth!

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Sakinah guiding students to find and count trash in the “Spot the Trash” activity card!

Left: Tina sharing with curious students about the horseshoe crabs found in Singapore!

Right: Xiao Tong sharing with students about the impact of marine trash on Singapore’s wildlife using photographs of animals ingesting trash or being entangled in fishing nets.

It was heartening to witness the amount of effort put in by the teachers and parent volunteer group in dedicating time and resources to organise such a meaningful festival for the students. As the fate of today’s environmental problems lies in the hands of future generations to come, we hope more schools will cultivate an environment-conscious attitude in students and inspire them to be stewards of the environment!

First Meeting of the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore Zone Captains, 5th Apr 2017

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The International Coastal Cleanup Singapore team met on the evening of 5th April 2017 at NUS DBS Life Sciences Lab 7 to discuss this year’s appointments and to confirm the 2017 calendar.

To catch the low tide, the main ICC cleanup dates are on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of September this year: Sat 09 Sep 2017 & Sat 23 Sep 2017. We will be confirming participation by last year’s Organisers this week and opening public registration by the end of the month.

The 2017 team thus far (pending confirmation of new recruits) are:

  • Coordinator – N. Sivasothi
  • Dy Coordinator (Data) – Airani S
  • Dy Coordinator (Manpower) – Joleen Chan
  • Zone Captain, North-West – Adriane Lee
  • Zone Captain, North-East – Chua Siew Chin & Joys Tan
  • Zone Captain, Pulau Ubin – Tan Chia Wu & Li Yufu
  • Zone Captain, Changi & ECP – Airani S
  • Zone Captain, Tanah Merah – Joleen Chan
  • Zone Captain, South – Lim Cheng Puay
  • Site Captain, NW – Germaine Leng
  • Site Captain, NE – Ng Kai Scene
  • Site Captain, Pulau Ubin – Teo Kah Ming
  • Photo Captain – Kenneth Pinto

More news soon!

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Earth Day coastal cleanup @ Coney Island this Sat 22 Apr 2017 with Adrian, Jen & Beth!

Celebrate Earth Day (Sat 22 Apr 2017: 9.00am) with a coastal cleanup at Coney Island with Adrian, Jen & Beth! Meet them at the West Entrance, they will provide trash bag and gloves! Sign up at their registration page.

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Adrian, Jen & Beth and friends have tackled marine trash on the shores of Singapore by contributing to year-round coastal cleanups both as participants and organisers for several years now.

Having tackled marine trash at Sungei Seletar, Tanah Merah and Chek Jawa in previous years, they are heading to Coney Island this Earth Day as the marine trash situation there requires attention.

Thanks to NParks for providing trash bags and gloves, and coordinating trash removal after the cleanup!

Adrian & Beth featured in The Straits Times
for the World Wetlands Day coastal cleanup last February

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Registration for Organisers opens for the 26th International Coastal Cleanup Singapore!

Announcement – ICCS 2017 Registration for Organisers is now open, with results of Site Allocation to be released in early-May, end-May and end-Jun 2017.

Greetings Organisers!

The International Coastal Cleanup is coordinated by the Ocean Conservancy in Washington DC, USA. Every the third Saturday of September, volunteers around the world rise up with the sun to head out to conduct a cleanup at shores and waterways with a difference – in this programme, they collect, categorise, record and remove trash, and have done so since 1986!

In Singapore, ICC Organisers have facilitated the contribution of thousands of volunteers to the International Coastal Cleanup program in Singapore since 1992. It is the 26th year of ICCS in 2017, and once again we welcome Organisers to lead volunteers to participate in this meaningful activity!

Dates and tides
Sites difficulty and recce reports can be reviewed at sites.coastalcleanupsingapore.org. Do review the evaluation of the site and examine photos and results from previous years to prepare yourself.

New Organisers can familiarise themselves with the operational needs of organising a cleanup at at the Organiser’s Page here.

Mark the dates – Sat 09 Sep 2017 (Mangroves) & Sat 23 Sep 2017 (Beaches)

The tidal heights in Singapore (Sembawang) are:

  • Sat 09 2017: 0800 – 0.6m; 0900 – 1.0m
  • Sat 23 Sep 2017: 0800 – 0.8m; 0900 – 1.2m

Mangrove and beach cleanups will be held two weeks apart to allow mangrove workers a wider area of access at their sites. Beach cleanups on the 9th of September should preferably begin by 8.00am as usual, for the tide rises to 2.5 meters by midday.

Registration – Organisers can now register your groups for participation in September’s data gathering cleanup. Indicate your preferred sites and dates here.

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Site Allocations Exercise I – III

The ICCS team will conduct Site Allocations Exercises based on the Organiser’s experience with ICCS, earliness of registration, familiarity with the site, volunteer preparation, and site difficulty. The results of these exercises will be announced at early-May, end-May and end-June and listed at status.coastalcleanupsingapore.org.

Registration will be closed thereafter.

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Workshops for Organisers in July

The workshop will conducted by the Zone Captains at NUS and are meant for Organisers and their assistants only. The workshop is critical for new organisers but also useful to veterans to participate and anyone who needs help in reviewing the site recce and safety assessment checklist.

There will be three small group evening sessions for you to chose from on Fri 7th July, Fri 14th July or Fri 21st July 2017. Simply indicate your intent during registration and we will confirm your attendance later. If July is inconvenient, indicate your available period and your Zone Captains will try to arrange a quick catchup session with you another time.

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Year-round coastal cleanups (YRCC)

You can also organize cleanups at any other time of the year if you wish – numerous groups have been making a difference this way at non-recreational sites throughout the year. Please see Year-Round Coastal Cleanup guidelines, and contact us accordingly.

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What about individual participation?

“Independents” are a highly valuable community of motivated individuals who sign up independently to participate in cleanups organised by ICCS. To be kept notified, join the mailing list by sending an empty email to iccs-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. This low volume list has less than 10 emails annually. Or keep a lookout for announcements of cleanups here.

Thank you for your interest in caring for the environment!

N. Sivasothi

Coordinator,
International Coastal Cleanup Singapore
http://coastalcleanup.nus.edu.sg
Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
& Department of Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore

First Meeting of the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore Zone Captains, 5th Apr 2017

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The International Coastal Cleanup Singapore team met on the evening of 5th April 2017 at NUS DBS Life Sciences Lab 7 to discuss this year’s appointments and to confirm the 2017 calendar.

To catch the low tide, the main ICC cleanup dates are on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of September this year: Sat 09 Sep 2017 & Sat 23 Sep 2017. We will be confirming participation by last year’s Organisers this week and opening public registration by the end of the month.

The 2017 team thus far (pending confirmation of new recruits) are:

  • Coordinator – N. Sivasothi
  • Dy Coordinator (Data) – Airani S
  • Dy Coordinator (Manpower) – Joleen Chan
  • Zone Captain, North-West – Adriane Lee
  • Zone Captain, North-East – Chua Siew Chin & Joys Tan
  • Zone Captain, Pulau Ubin – Tan Chia Wu & Li Yufu
  • Zone Captain, Changi & ECP – Airani S
  • Zone Captain, Tanah Merah – Joleen Chan
  • Zone Captain, South – Lim Cheng Puay
  • Site Captain, NW – Germaine Leng
  • Site Captain, NE – Ng Kai Scene
  • Site Captain, Pulau Ubin – Teo Kah Ming
  • Photo Captain – Kenneth Pinto

More news soon!