Lim Chu Kang mangroves is a beautiful and unique patch of unprotected mangrove in Singapore, facing the Western Straits of Johor. It is adjacent to a Police Coast Guard base and offshore, kelongs and fish farms unload their produce at the jetty to send to markets in Singapore.
During a recent research trip, the amount of marine debris observed has reached an intolerable amount – plastic bags are hanging off trees and mudskippers are resting on plastic. A bunch of environment and nature volunteers have responded to the call and are intent on making a dent to the debris load on the beach.
- Nature/Environment volunteers (20): Cheng Chee Hoew, Alison Wee, Robert Heigermoser, Teo Kah Ming, Nicholas Koh Yong Zhi, Joelle Lai, Marcus Ng Fu Chuan, Zhang Dongrong, Marcus Tay Guan Hock, Laurine Wong, Airani, Esther Clews, Steve Ong Choon Siong, Tan Mei Jun, Janice Lee, Dew Anggraini, Anand Ramchand, Kelly Ong, Rain Siow Xiu Juan & N. Sivasothi.
- Volunteers from Ms Earth Singapore (Finalists, 13): Alethea Jane Seet, Loren Xue, Lynn Lim, Silver Zhang, Swati Dhir, Leow Yi Jin, Kang Zilei, Jas Chu, Lin Siqi, Wendy Chong, Yen Wu Ling, Yun Tang and Ivy Leow.
- Ms Earth Organisers and Photographers (4) – Vivien, Kelvin, Chia Hsien & Thomas.
- Eco Magazine (4) – Yihan, Ibnur, Gavin and Tiffany.
- 0745 – bus pick-up from Clementi MRT
- 0830 – reach LCK, distribute into sub-groups, apply insect repellent, collect gloves and trash bags.
- 0845 – Briefing, Trash Loading Point (TLP) and bus shelter pointed out, wet weather plan (carry on unless lightning threat)
- 0900 – cleanup begins.
- 1000 – Loading teams start moving trash out to TLP
- 1030 – clean-up ends, weigh trash and discuss the most common items found, Q&A
- 1045 – participants clean themselves up – note no washing point!
- 1100 – Bus returns to Clementi, NUS – help needed to wash gloves in NUS so join us if you can!
What we will provide:
- Transport to site.
- Trash bags.
- Weighing scales.
What you should bring:
- Covered shoes with hard soles.
- Water bottle (at least one litre of water).
- Hat and/or sun block.
- Raincoat/ponco (we’ll carry on working in rain)
- Towel in a bag – to wipe off any sand and mud off you.
- Suggestion – dry fit clothes are suitable for this work. If you prefer cotton, a change of t-shirt will come in handy after a sweaty workout.
- Light pants will help protect your legs from insect bites (if you re the sort that gets bitten) as well as from the debris.
Registered participants are to meet us at either
- the NUS bus stop outside Science Drive 1 (7.30am; meet Siva) or
- the bus stop AFTER Clementi MRT Station heading west (7.45am; meet Dewi and Anand).
7.45am Pick up Point – Meet Anand Ramchand
& Dewi Anggraini.
Meet us at Lim Chu Kang Road end