What’s going upstream? Clean Singapore’s littering problem & Lessons from Taipei [video]

More than half a century of fines and campaigns and we are a “cleaned, not clean city”. Fines for littering in Singapore hit a 6-year high in 2015, with more than 26,000 fines and 70% of the guilty being locals.

What is going on and how do we tackle this?

Taipei turned this problem around, from garbage city to clean streets in just 10 years. This episide of IT Figures investigates – watch the video here.

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Channel NewsAsia’s IT Figures Season 5, Episode 7, “Litter Red Dot” (21 mins) [link]

“Let’s Talk Rubbish” – an experiential exhibition at Tanjong Pagar CC, 3rd & 4th Dec 2016

Tanjong Pagar YEC hopes to increase the resolve of citizens to battle trash in the heartlands. They have been working on an immersive exhibition to heighten realisation of waste accumulation, impact of trash and the many alternatives which will nudge us towards us zero waste lifestyle.

They will setup exhibits and videos at Tanjong Pagar CC and have roped in Engineers Without Borders, NEA and International Coastal Cleanup Singapore to conduct workshops, tours and talks over the weekend of 3rd and 4th December 2016.

We are glad to contribute to this effort via Zero Waste Singapore, which addressed the issue marine trash issue upstream in our urban residences.

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ICC Asia Pacific Regional Conference @ Hong Kong, 16-18 Nov 2016

Thanks to Ocean Conservancy and Ecozine, who coordinate the Hong Kong cleanups, International Coastal Cleanup coordinators from Asia Pacific and Ocean Conservancy will meet to share and learn from each other.

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Job: Full-time Research Assistant – NUS-NParks Marine Debris Project (apply by 15 Nov 2016)

The full-time Research Assistant will manage the NUS-NParks Marine Debris project which includes desktop and field research, data mining, analysis and establishment of a database and management of an education programme including workshops.

Apply for the position at JobsBANK.

The job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Literature review to establish, from published works and existing data, a baseline assessment of the current status of marine debris in Singapore
  • Design and conduct experiments and field surveys to document and monitor marine debris
  • Data management, integration, synthesis and analysis
  • Establish a data submission and sharing mechanism
  • Develop an integrated national citizen science programme to monitor marine debris
  • Develop educational resources
  • Prepare and conduct workshop to build capacity and facilitate information-sharing
  • Draft reports, recommendations and publications
  • Organise a conference at the end of the project
  • Report to and work with the principal investigator and project manager

Job Requirements:
Essential

  • An undergraduate degree in Sciences/Biology/Environmental Studies or a biology-related field
  • Familiar with literature review and research
  • Excellent data management and analysis skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and able to work with different groups of people
  • Some experience with volunteer work in nature or environment projects
  • Highly organised and proactive
  • Able to work independently and meet deadlines

Desirable

  • A B.Sc. (Hons) degree with experience in biology or ecology research
  • Have good knowledge and experience on marine debris and micro-plastics
  • Proficient in field surveys and monitoring of marine debris
  • Familiar with citizen science programmes
  • Excellent in interacting with local agencies and groups
  • Experience in organising workshops and conferences

Weekend of 05-06 Nov 2016: Clean & Green Singapore Carnival @ opposite Khatib MRT Station

The Clean and Green Singapore (CGS) Carnival co-organised by NEA, North West CDC and other government agencies will be held over Saturday & Sunday, 5th & 6th November 2016 at the open field opposite Khatib MRT Station. For more details, visit the CGS webpage.

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Sat 05 Nov 2016 PM – Public Forum on Plastic Disposables (Zero Waste SG & Young NTUC)

Public Forum on Plastic Disposables (Zero Waste SG & Young NTUC)

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Date and Time: 5 Nov 2016, 2pm to 5pm
Venue: NTUC Centre, Level 9, Room 903, 1 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018989
Programme
1.30pm – Registration
2.00pm – Welcome by Zero Waste SG and Young NTUC
2.15pm – Overview of plastic disposables in Singapore by Zero Waste SG
2.30pm – Green Canteens at NUS by NUS SAVE
2.45pm – Project bECOme to encourage lunchbox usage by Young NTUC
3.00pm – Biodegradable foodware by TRIA
3.15pm – Q&A
3.30pm – Break
4.00pm – Discussion on new BYO campaign
5.00pm – End of Forum

For details and registration, see Zero Waste SG.

Our smooth-coated otters spark an excitement about our marine lfie!

In our series of talks about marine life and marine litter, we introduce some prominent species along our coasts, both vertebrate and invertebrate. This is so Singaporeans appreciate a value of coastal cleanups – make habitats more favourable for our marine life.

The iconic marine animal which sparks excitement in the crowd are smooth-coated otters. Both adults and children gasp at the photos and videos which many dedicated photographers have provided. Children are dramatic, though, they widen their eyes and scream in excitement!

Let’s hope that everyone can do their part in keeping Singapore a clean and green place for the otters and other marine animals to live in!

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Students from the Dulwich College watch a video by NParks “Kaya the Otter finds a new home”.

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Primary 5 students from CHIJ Kellock watch a video on the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio 5 otter family!

To see more photos and videos of Singapore otters, see OtterWatch.