Celebrate Earth Day in Singapore by battling marine trash @ Lim Chu Kang East (Sun 22 Apr 2018: 7.30am – 12.00pm)

It’s Earth Day on Sunday 22nd April 2018, with a focus on the battle against plastic pollution. Join International Coastal Cleanup Singapore on a mangrove cleanup on Sunday, 22 April 2018: 7.30am to 12.00pm at Lim Chu Kang East [see site details here].

IMPORTANT: please read the advise to participants and safety guidelines here: http://coastalcleanup.nus.edu.sg/participants/

To join us, sign up on Eventbrite by Thu 19 Apr 2018 – be sure to indicate if you need transport by selecting the correct ticket type.16169774964_c2d8d74bb9_z

We will tackle marine trash at Lim Chu Kang EAST mangrove. This is a precious patch of wetland located in the northwest of Singapore, Lim Chu Kang’s non-recreational beach and mangrove is besieged by trash from numerous land-based sources deposited into the western Johor Straits, as well as from offshore fish farms.

Trash accumulates in this precious mangrove and we are determined to unburden this site to assist the health of the ecosystem there. The sensitive efforts of the past 22 years in the mangroves of Singapore have reduced the burden on these shores, and we will continue our efforts.

Around the world, coastal cleanups conducted by volunteers to unburden the ecosystem, raise awareness of the plight of our oceans, and motivate us to rethink our habits in daily urban living to promote sustainable practises. We have to bring about change, and let us motivate ourselves with an intimate experience with the problem.

Thanks for taking an interest to protect our environment!

Thanks to NParks, SLA, PCG and NEA for help with permissions and trash removal.

Event details

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 (park along the side of the road), or meet us at the venue itself – please choose the right ticket for transport.

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; move trash bags to Trash Collection Points.
  • 10.00am – Trash is weighed and moved to the Trash Disposal Point outside gate at Lim Chu Kang Lane 9; 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 additional water.
  • 10.30am – Bus departs for Kranji MRT.

Things to note:

  1. Transport to Lim Chu Kang East (LCK Lane 9) for 40 volunteers are provided; and gloves, trash bags and weighing scales will be provided for all.
  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 – there are plenty of mosquitoes.
  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 continue to work in light rain)
  4. Towel to wipe off sand and mud
  5. Change of clothes for public transport.

Be prepared:

  • 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 East mangrove [link].
  • Please read our advice to participants to prepare yourself for the cleanup!

Thank you for caring for our planet!

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