101 people have signed up to celebrate National Day in a meaningful way with the pre-National Day mangrove cleanup at Lim Chu Kang East. Registration closes tomorrow.
The happy news is that the mangrove at the original site has a very low load of trash after an earlier year-round coastal cleanup in late June. So we are tackling the adjacent area of Lim Chu Kang East mangrove (view the map). We began working at this site in 2011 (see photos here and the burden of trash there has been reduced considerably.
Still, the 100 of us will have our work cut out for us.
There will ICCS cleanups a month after this, at both LCK and LCKE mangroves. These sites are experiencing their best relief from macro-trash in recent decades, which has been carefully achieved at several sites now, to manage impact even as we remove marine trash. What a grand and gradual effort by volunteers over 20 years!
For this cleanup, we’ve conducted our recce, booked two 45-seater buses to fetch volunteers from Kranji MRT, prepared the stores, updated participants, sought permission from SPF via SLA, and informed NEA DPC to help with trash removal – they all replied very quickly, by the way. And we look forward to the company of people who are making an effort to celebrate National Day in a meaningful way!
11.24 am – site is back up!
The ICCS server (http://coastalcleanup.nus.edu.sg ) appears to be down this morning so here are alternative links for Organisers who want to check the Site Status (to check availability or confirm their site) and who want to register for ICCS in September:
Site Status – to check for availability:
Update – the Pre-National Day mangrove cleanup is relocated to LCK East mangrove.
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 on Saturday 6th Aug 2016: 8.00am – 10.30am.
To join us, Sign up here by 1st August 2016!
Transport will be provided from Kranji MRT to the cleanup site @ Lim Chu Kang beach and mangrove
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 beach and mangrove 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.
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 road end, or meet us at the venue itself.
- 07.45am – Bus pick up at bus stop outside Kranji MRT (Bus code: 45139)
- 08.15am – Bus arrives at the Lim Chu Kang Road end. 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 1–3.
- 10.00am – Trash is weighed and moved to the Trah Disposal Point; debrief.
- 10.15am – Participants clean up; there are no public amenities in this area an your legs must be clean to enter the bus. So bring some water.
- 10.30am – Bus departs for Kranji MRT.
Things to note:
- Transport to Lim Chu Kang Beach, gloves, trash bags and weighing scales are provided.
- 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.
- A change of clothes is recommended after a sweaty workout.
- You must be clean to enter the bus – bring a cloth and extra water to do this.
- Long pants are recommended to protect your legs from insect bites.
- We will continue the cleanup in rain (bring rain gear) but cease if there is threat of lightning.
Things to bring:
- Water bottle (with at least one litre of water)
- Hat and/ or sun block
- Reusable raincoat / poncho (we will work in light rain)
- Towel to wipe off sand and mud
- Change of clothes for public transport.
- Sleep early the night before
- Have a decent breakfast – it’s hard work!
- Be punctual – the bus is unable to wait for latecomers; and the tide waits for no one!
- Refer to this recce report of Lim Chu Kang beach and mangrove.
- Please read our advice to participants to prepare yourself for the cleanup!
Thank you for caring for our planet!
The invitation to the 2016 International Coastal Cleanup Singapore Workshop for Organisers has been emailed to the 78 organisers who registered for the cleanup in September. The venue is the Department of Biological Sciences at National University of Singapore.
This workshops are organised to update and equip Organisers with information and strategies for running a safe, effective, educational and green event.
We will conduct this on weekday nights next week (13-15 Jul 2016) in a small-group environment to enhance learning, facilitate the asking of questions and sharing of experiences.
If you wish to attend the workshop, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Update (13 Jul 2016)
Wed 13 Jul 2016: Instructors
- Airani S (I/C)
- Tan Chia Wu
- Yang Yi Yong
- Ng Kai Scene
- Johannah Wai
Wed 13 Jul 2016: 20 Participants
- Ministry Of Adventure (2)
- Sukyo Mahikari Singapore (3)
- Pacific Refreshments Pte Ltd (3)
- PacificLight Power Pte Ltd (2)
- Republic Polytechnic Conservation Interest Group (1)
- RGBLife (2)
- Little Green Men (2)
- Ricoh Singapore Pte Ltd (3)
- JTC Corporation (1)
- Colugo Cub Scouts (1)
Thu 14 Jul 2016: Instructors
- Lim Cheng Puay (I/C)
- Yang Yi Yong
- Joys Tan
- Johannah Wai
Thu 14 Jul 2016: 23 Participants
- Jurong Secondary School (2)
- Thomson Reuters (1)
- Renesas Electronics Singapore Pte Ltd (3)
- Fuji SMBE Pte Ltd (1)
- Siemens Pte ltd (3)
- NorthLight School (2)
- Thomson Reuters (3)
- Celanese Singapore (1)
- Paia Consulting (1)
- IRAS (3)
- Earthlink NTU (2)
- Setsco Services Pte Ltd (1)
Fri 15 Jul 2016: Instructors
- Teo Kah Ming (I/C)
- Joleen Chan
- Adriane Lee
- Joys Tan
Fri 15 Jul 2016: 18 Participants
- Tata Consultancy Services Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. (3)
- Alpha Phi Omega (1)
- Purac Asia Pacific (2)
- BTI (2)
- Mun Siong Engineering Limited (2)
- NUS High (2)
- Independent (1)
- Singapore Customs (1)
- Tian Hua Fu Tang (2)
- Better Trails LLP (2)
Mediacorp Saving Gaia organised in a beach cleanup on 4th June 2016 at Pasir Ris 6. Their staff volunteers collected and removed a total of 354.5kg of trash from the beach in conjunction with World Environment Day, we organized a beach cleanup at Pasir Ris Beach.
This is the second coastal cleanup they have conducted at Pasir Ris 6 this year and as a result, that beach ecosystem and marine life are getting significant relief from the burden of marine trash. Their third cleanup at Pasir Ris 6 will be part of ICCS in September. This is an excellent example of regular and continuous stewardship which we have seen exemplified too by Bukit Batok Secondary School.
To encourage more people to play their part in protecting the environment, Mediacorp Saving Gaia produced yet another excellent short video which all Organisers can share with their volunteers:
There is a Mandarin version too – available here!