What’s going upstream? Clean Singapore’s littering problem & Lessons from Taipei [video]

More than half a century of fines and campaigns and we are a “cleaned, not clean city”. Fines for littering in Singapore hit a 6-year high in 2015, with more than 26,000 fines and 70% of the guilty being locals.

What is going on and how do we tackle this?

Taipei turned this problem around, from garbage city to clean streets in just 10 years. This episide of IT Figures investigates – watch the video here.

Screenshot 125

Channel NewsAsia’s IT Figures Season 5, Episode 7, “Litter Red Dot” (21 mins) [link]

World Environment Day 2016 Saving Gaia Beach Cleanup and video

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!

Earth Day 2016 – Saving Gaia Beach Cleanup video (1 minute)

For Earth Day 2016, Mediacorp’s Saving Gaia team conducted a beach cleanup at Pasir Ris 6 and produced another short video. I love this as it features participants explaining why marine trash is harmful and simple steps we can take to make the planet a safer place for all creatures.

Mediacorp’s short videos about coastal cleanups in Singapore

Mediacorp, which started the Saving Gaia corporate initiative in 2007, and they began beach cleanups in 2014 at Selimang Beach. In 2015, they organised a year-round cleanup for World Environment Day as well and will do more in 2016.

Each video was short, yet conveys clear messages about marine trash and what we can do to battle the problem. These interstitials were aired numerous times on various television channels and helped to raise awareness of the issue, in addition to the hard work on the shores.

Well done, Mediacorp!

Mediacorp Saving Gaia Beach Cleanup at Tanah Merah 6 (Sep 2015)

Mediacorp Saving Gaia Beach Cleanup at Pasir Ris 6 (Jun 2015)

Mediacorp Saving Gaia Beach Cleanup at Selimang Beach (Sep 2014), see Facebook.

What Is Marine Debris? A cartoon crash course (94 sec video)

Another educational quick video by Jim Toomey and partners:

“Marine debris is all the manmade stuff that ends up in the oceans—from soda cans and plastic bottles to sunken ships. There’s marine debris in every ocean on Earth, and all that junk can kill and injure sea life, impede navigation, leach chemicals, and even end up in our food.

Nationally syndicated cartoonist Jim Toomey, creator of Sherman’s Lagoon, has joined forces with The Pew Charitable Trusts to illustrate “marine debris” and other terms associated with our oceans.”

Keep Our Waterways Clean (NEA video, 2013)

NEA produced this short video on littering in waterways, as part of the Keep Singapore Clean publicity drive last year. An ICCS volunteer and Organiser contributed to the video as did veteran ICCS Organiser and local NGO Waterways Watch Society and other users of our waterways. I thought it turned out really well.

“We may think that one piece of litter doesn’t make much of a difference. But every bit adds up and a mess can accumulate, marring the beautiful environment, polluting our waterways and endangering the wildlife that resides there. Let’s not let that happen.”

This is one of three videos we suggest Organisers share with their volunteers, along with The Midway Trailer and Jim Tooney’s “Marine Litter in two minutes” video.