Our journey to the mangrove coast at Lim Chu Kang
The place was serene and magnificent.
It was my first time there, for the International Coastal Cleanup 2009. Our organiser, Amy Choong, is a very inspiring leader. She explained our objective of being there as green ambassadors cleaning up the mangrove.
Armed up with shopping bags, gloves, data cards, it was 36 Republic students and 2 facilitators in all, and we were in high spirits.
Trudging through the thick mud, I began picking up artificial objects that were not supposed to be there.
Plastics, oil drums, fishing nets, ropes are some of the many non-biodegradable things that me and the others found. Maybe nature has it is a second chance to relive itself from destruction as we, humans were trying our best to help get Nature free from those plastics, metal, rubbery materials.
The important lesson we learnt so far is we should not carelessly throw our unwanted items such as can drinks, refrigerator to the ground, soil or drainage system as these items were brought back to the sea. If we can work this out, things will improve and life will be more meaningful and pleasant to think about.
The sea contains a rich ecosystem that is precious to us. We should not abandon our beaches and mangroves to their destruction – this was an eye-opening experience that could never be felt within my comfort zone.
The event was truly a SUCCESS. We feel the strong urgency to help raise awareness of our vulnerable coast.
By Nur Afiqah Bte Mohd Azman, Republic Polytechnic
See the photo album of the cleanup Lim Chu Kang mangroves on Flickr – link.