The celebrations for Earth Day is in full swing!
ICCS was invited to Nan Hua Primary School’s Earth Festival, a meaningful week-long celebration (16 – 20 Apr 2018) organised by parents and teachers for the children. Several organisations including the National Environmental Agency (NEA) set up booths to nurture a strong pro-environmental mindset and green culture amongst students.
On 20th April 2018, we talked to students during their recess period – the students’ enthusiasm and knowledge of the dangers of plastics was impressive! Many were passionately explaining how various sea animals may accidentally eat plastic and hence die of starvation.
At the ICCS booth, students learnt more about the different types of plastics found during coastal cleanups and the impacts they have on the environment. They certainly were surprised at the number of cigarette buds found on our shores!
The students also learnt more about the coastal cleanups that ICCS conducts and facilitates. Some of them were very excited and recounted how they had also been on coastal cleanups before, while others expressed interest to try it out.
A enthusiastic and informed students also kicked in to help us explain issues at the booth! Here’s a look at the amazing team:
After a quick briefing, they were off! Here is one of the girls sharing about otters with one of her schoolmates.
The student volunteers also helped manage the game of “Spot the trash”! After their fellow students looked for the different types of trash hidden in the picture, the volunteers explained how trash can be easily mistaken for food in the environment from their resemblance of marine prey.
The enthusiasm and passion of the students, and the ability of some to be able to advocate for the cause, was extremely encouraging. We are very thankful for being given the opportunity to reach out to younger students and share more about caring for the environment.
Special thanks to our volunteer Foo Tun Shien for helping out at the booth today!