ICCS Lecture & Briefing on Sat 03 Aug 2013 @ NUS LT32 – all are welcome!

N. Sivasothi, ICC SIngapore Cordinator will conduct this annual lecture on “Marine Life in Singapore and the Impact of Man”. which introduces highlights from marine life in Singapore, the problem and impact of marine trash,
what the ICC data tells us, and lessons from the shore with applications to daily life.

This year he will also provide introduce the new (2013) International Coastal Cleanup Data Card, explain why Ocean Conservancy produced this and it has been customised for Singapore.

All are welcome, including members of the public who are not involved in ICCS participants who are interested in marine life in Singapore.

In particular, we invite Site Buddies and Team Leaders who play an important role during the coastal cleanup in assisting Organisers to run operations and motivate and assist volunteers on our shores.

In order to help them and Independent Volunteers without parent organisations prepare for their cleanup, this briefing is conducted at NUS and everyone is invited to join us!

The International Coastal Cleanup Singapore (ICCS) Lecture & Briefing
Saturday 03 August 2013: 9.00am – 12.00pm.
Lecture Theatre 32 [map]
National University of Singapore
Take SBS Bus 95 from Buona Vista MRT
Park at Car Park 10 or University Hall, off Lower Kent Ridge Road

Please REGISTER at http://tinyurl.com/iccs-lecture

Who is this briefing session for?
This lecture is for individuals who assist organisers in briefing, leading and working alongside other volunteers on the cleanup day.

New Organisers who missed the ICCS Workshop should attend this briefing.

Individual participants who are not with any organisation are invited to join us as well., as it is an excellent way to get to know about the motivation and background of ICCS.

We also welcome members of the public who wish to learn more about marine life and issues are welcome to attend to.

These topics are examined:

  • marine life in Singapore,
  • the problem and impact of marine trash,
  • what the ICC data tells us,
  • how we conduct the cleanups and report data,
  • lessons from the shore and applications to daily life.

Who is conducting this briefing
The briefing will be conducted by the national coordinator, N. Sivasothi a biologist at the Department of Biological Sciences and the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research at the National University of Singapore since the late 80’s who has been active in education and conservation. He has been coordinating coastal cleanups since 1997.

With him will be Zone Captains from the ICCS Otters. who coordinate the cleanup at sites around Singapore.

We have more than a decade of practical experience coordinating, organising and cleanups as well as sweating it out on the shores alongside volunteers every year!

We are happy to share with you information and useful tips that will make the cleanup a smooth operation and even more meaningful than you would imagine.

To register for the briefing session,
go to tinyurl.com/iccs-lecture.

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The ICCS Briefing on 25 Aug 2012 – the prelude to the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore 2012!

Every year, a fortnight before the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore (ICCS) commences, an ICCS Briefing is conducted for Site Buddies, Independents and members of the public interested in marine life and the objectives of coastal cleanups.

This year, 82 volunteers and members of public left the cosy comfort of their beds to attend the briefing conducted by ICCS Coordinator, N. Sivasothi a.k.a. Otterman who welcomed them with great enthusiasm!

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During the briefing, Siva highlighted and showcased Singapore’s marine wildlife that persist amidst our battered shores. The crowd was wowed by videos and images of baby turtles, dolphins, dugongs, crocodiles and otters. They piqued the participants’ interest and captured everyone’s attention.

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After the introduction of Singapore’s marine wildlife, Siva talked about the threats that these aquatic denizens face and gave special attention to marine trash! Single-use plastics, carelessly discarded, end up in aquatic environments and dominate the shores. This affects the survival of many marine organisms which might mistake the fragments as food, eg. marine turtles mistakenly consume clear plastic and exploded balloons as jellyfish and even the albatross living far from humans, are affected.

An overview of cleanup methods prepared Organisers and Site Buddies for the cleanup and data collection processes.

Siva ended the session with suggestions about how each of us can help in a variety of ways, inspiring everyone to make a difference!

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With the briefing over, volunteers stepped forward to have a chat with Siva and the ICCS Otters team. Many of them were old friends, such as Martha Began of Singapore American School and her students! New faces sought advice from their respective Zone Captains and discussed their cleanup sites. This face to face time is a welcome resource for Organisers.

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It was lovely to see the energy and interaction in the room! Everyone was enthusiastic and we hoped they were glad to learn about Singapore surviving marine wildlife and will look forward to a safe, efficient and green cleanup!

Have a great ICCS 2012 everyone!

Registration for the ICCS Briefing is now open!

The ICCS Briefing is meant to inform and prepare Site Buddies, Organiser’s assistants and Independent sign-ups who are participating in and assisting with the International Coastal Cleanup. The talk is suitable for the public interested to learn about marine life in Singapore, the problems of marine trash and how we combat it.

All are welcome for this public lecture.

The ICCS Briefing will be held on Saturday 25 August 2012: 9.00am to 12.00pm at the National University of Singapore, LT26.

Please read the details and register through the link at: https://coastalcleanup.wordpress.com/iccs-briefing/

I discuss marine life in Singapore, the impact of marine trash, why we collect data, what the data tells us, changes in daily living to reduce impact on our oceans, what happens on the day of the cleanup, how to be safe, how to report the data and share news and photos.

You will also meet your Zone and Site Captains at the Briefing. We look forward to meeting you there.

Cheerio!

Sivasothi


N. Sivasothi
Coordinator, International Coastal Cleanup Singapore
Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research
Department of Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore

e: iccs@rafflesmuseum.net
w: http://coastalcleanup.nus.edu.sg/
b: https://coastalcleanup.wordpress.com/
f: http://fb.com/iccsg/
t: https://twitter.com/coastalcleanup/

The ICCS Briefing rejuvenates on a wet Saturday morning!

Some 100 volunteers and members of the public roused themselves on a wet, wet morning of a public holiday to attend the talk on “Marine Life in Singapore and the Impact of Man,” by N. Sivasothi a.k.a. Otterman.

The annual lecture is conducted by the coordinator of the ICCS for volunteers attending the coastal cleanup around Singapore and this year was extended to members of the public.

It was a public holiday for Singapore citizens to vote for the president of the country – we could not shift the date though, because every Saturday until the coastal cleanup was busy. On the advise of friends who have been polling agents, it as decided going head with the briefing in the morning was a good option as polling booth queue taper off by late afternoon and are absent by evening.

Excitement aside, with the energy in the LT was sleepy and Siva started slow and easy as he dealt with the changes to Singapore’s natural landscape over the years, and the amount of natural habitats we have lost. That was merely preamble to the question, “Is there anything left?”

The audience then perked up at the animated stories, photos and videos that Siva shared of marine life in Singapore – baby turtles, dugong dissection, leaping dolphins, crocodiles, iconic mudskippers and wrestling monitor lizards.

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The audience is listening

The story behind the monumental few seconds appearance of our humble mangroves on David Attenborough’s Life in Cold Blood, adorable otters and the threat to prehistoric horseshoe crabs also piqued the crowd’s interest and excitement.

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Ahem, yes, it was tough for some to get up early on a rainy, Saturday public holiday!

Siva guzzled some coffee brought to him during the ten-minute break to warm himself up and then introduced the ICCS Oters who had come (most had been encouraged to take the day off)”

  • Andy Dinesh (Recce Captain),
  • Xu Weiting (East Coast/Tanah Merah Zone Captain),
  • Airani S (Data Captain),
  • Marcus Tay (Changi Zone Captain) and
  • myself, Jocelyne Sze (Volunteer Manager).

He then addressed the threats faced by our marine environment from freshwater flood incidents, oil spills, pollution and most pertinently, marine trash. The history and motivation behind the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore featured a quarter-century old photo and led to the critical section for eager volunteers, “What happens on the actual day?” Siva had stepped up his pace and the crowd was hyped up now!

After the emphasis on marine trash, the important discussion about what individuals can do to help ended off on a very inspired note! All this ended minutes before the promised 11.00am so people could go for lunch and go vote! (:

Andy Dinesh took a video of the entire talk, and here it is!

Meeting old and new friends is always a delightful part of ICCS and Martha Began of Singapore American School which is a 20-year veterans, came with a bunch of her students and members of their SAVE club.

Martha Began & Sivasothi

As the Volunteer Manager, I was busy attending to a few independents, site buddies and even new organiser Bhavani Prakash who is stepping up to coordinate a cleanup for her friends, who is away doing the same in Bali this year.

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While we were busy chatting, a bit of photo-taking went on as most of us would be working in different sites on the day of the cleanup. We were in good company that day and some students from Tanglin Trust School will be taking a step further and joining Raffles Museum Toddycats to talk about their plans for biodiversity exhibitions next week.

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The ICCS volunteers and members of the public certainly left left with a better awareness of the marine life we have and the motivation, issues, urgency and details for a safe, efficient and green cleanup on the 17th of September 2011. See you at the beach soon everyone!

“Marine Life in Singapore and the Impact of Man” – Sat 27 Aug 2011: 9am-11am @ NUS LT25

The annual ICCS Briefing will feature the following talks:

“Marine life in Singapore” and “The impact of marine debris” by N. Sivasothi.

In addition the operations of the International Coastal Cleanup will be discussed and what the data collected tells us.

Saturday 27 Aug 2011: 9.00am – 11.00am
Lecture Theatre 25, Faculty of Science
(next to the Science Canteen)
National University of Singapore

All are welcome, even if you are not part of ICCS – we have plenty of space in the LT. Just register by going to: http://iccs-briefing.rafflesmuseum.net/

Registration for the ICCS Briefing is now open!

The ICCS Briefing is meant to inform and prepare Site Buddies, Organiser’s assistants and Independent sign-ups who are participating in and assisting with the International Coastal Cleanup.

New Organiser who missed the Organiser’s workshop are recommended this Briefing as well.

The ICCS Briefing will be held on Saturday 27 August 2011: 9.00am to 11.30am at the National University of Singapore, LT25.

Please read the details and register through the link at: https://coastalcleanup.wordpress.com/iccs-briefing/

I discuss why we do the cleanup – marine life in Singapore, the impact of marine debris, why we collect data, what the data tells us, changes in daily living to reduce impact on our oceans, what happens on the day of the cleanup, how to be safe, how to report the data and share news and photos.

You will also meet your Zone and Site Captains at the Briefing. We look forward to meeting you there.

Happy National Day everyone!

Cheerio!

Sivasothi

N. Sivasothi
Coordinator, International Coastal Cleanup Singapore
w: http://coastalcleanup.nus.edu.sg/
b: https://coastalcleanup.wordpress.com/
e: coastalcleanupsingapore@gmail.com

Learning outdoors survival skills @ ICCS Briefing?

“What should you do when you encounter a crocodile?” the national coordinator of the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore, N. Sivasothi, asked.

Has the ICCS Briefing turned into a course in outdoors survival skills?!! Nope, this was just one of the jokes Siva told which generated much laughter (and the answer he gave, by the way, was “You only need to run faster than one person!”)

As you can see, the ICCS Briefing was an informal learning session for the more than 200 participants who turned up on a Saturday morning at 9am at NUS’ LT25.

I thought arriving before 8.30am was early, only to find Siva already in full concentration, checking out the presentation slides. Fellow ICCS Otter and Deputy Zone Captain for North East Zone, Lim Chen Kee, was also around providing his two cents worth.  I guess they were as eager to start ICCS Briefing session as I was!

The turnout was of the responsible individuals from some of the 60 organisations who had signed up wit the programme this year. These individuals, or Site Buddies, would absorb the big picture and help their organisers to run the cleanup operation and motivate fellow participants. The second ‘group’ were highly-motivated individuals who had signed up independently to participate in a cleanup. Either way, they were willing to spend a Saturday morning in NUS with us and we wanted them well briefed and all revved up for the job ahead of all of us!

Attentive participants

Over two and a half hours, participants learnt about the diversity and surprises of our marine environment, the threats to local and international maine ecosystems, the logistics and methods behind a cleanup, etc. The engaging topic of “Is there marine life in Singapore?” reassured and amazed many that there are still dolphins, dugongs, otters turtles and many other wonderful creatures in Singapore waters. The video clip of cute baby turtles being released from East Coast did a great job as usual, drawing a series of “Ooohs” and “Awws” from the audience.

It wasn’t all talk! Like the other ICCS Otters, I had a chat before and after the session with various people who turned up from a variety of sites – this was certainly very useful. I had the opportunity to talk to 5 of the individuals who signed-up with the Independent Team in Pasir Ris Site 6. I could check if email we sent out.

Separately, Wei Siong and I also made arrangements with Pei Hwa for a Punggol recce the next morning.

Having a great chat with the individual participants!

And, for me, the sheer pleasure to meet fellow participants, put faces to names, say hi and exchange a few words before the actual event makes this briefing session extra meaningful! So, here’s a big thank you to everyone who turned up!

The ICCS Briefing today @ NUS LT25

More than 200 Site Buddies and Independents turned up for the ICCS briefing. this Saturday morning. After the lecture series, the Indepenedents talked to their Site Captains.

ICCS Otters in attendance today – Ng Kai Scene, Cheong Wei Siong, Lim Chen Kee, Marcus Tay, Teo Kah Ming, Kok Oi Yee, Connie Hon, Kelly Ong, Zhang Dongrong, Andy Dinesh, Kenneth Pinto, Airani S., Linda Tan, Kevin Lim & N. Sivasothi.

Kenneth Pinto took a bunch of photos and it’s been uploaded to a Flickr set here.

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Sat 28 Aug 2010: 9am – ICCS Briefing for Site Buddies & Independent Volunteers

This September, a record number of over 4,000 volunteers from more than 60 organisations will take to the shores of Singapore in September to collect, count and categorise trash as part of the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore.

Site Buddies will play a critical role in directing, motivating and working alongside the volunteers. By assisting Organisers to run their cleanups. Along side these motivated individuals are Independent Participants who are motivated individuals who sign up to join a cleanup and will go where they are needed cheerfully.

In order to help Site Buddies and Independent Volunteers prepare for the ICCS2010 cleanup, we are conducting a briefing at NUS and invite you to join us.

Site Buddies Briefing Session
Saturday 28 August September: 9am – 12pm.
Lecture Theatre 25, National University of Singapore
See Map/take SBS Bus 95 from Buona Vista MRT.

Registration – please REGISTER here (1 Person can register for a group).

Who is this briefing session for?
This workshop is for individuals who are assisting organisers in briefing, leading and working alongside other volunteers on the cleanup day. If you would like to know more about the background, reasons and motivation of and for the ICCS and would like to meet other Site Buddies, do attend the briefing. Independent volunteers who have signed up to join the ICCS and who are not associated with any organisations are invited to join us at this briefing as well.

skitched-20080825-093601.jpgWho is conducting this briefing
The briefing will be conducted by the national coordinator, N. Sivasothi with the help of the ICCS Otters. We have more than a decade of practical experience coordinating, organising and communicating the cleanups as well as sweating it out on the shores alongside volunteers every year! So we are eager to share with you useful tips that will make the cleanup smoother operationally and even more meaningful.

Programme

  1. Welcome, introduction and updates
  2. Role of maine life and impact of marine debris
  3. What typically happens on the cleanup day and our role.
  4. Data collation and submission: good practises.
  5. How to make photo, blog and twitter submissions.

To register for the briefing session, please click here.