This is an excellent, short animation film (2:27) by Chen Po-Chen highlights humankind’s impact on our oceans.
Po-Chen says while he recalls the lovely images of fish and marine life while snorkelling in Taiwan, the scene of tons of human waste had him ask himself how he could contribute to positive action.
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“Selfish” talks a story about human beings are consuming delicious seafood, but sea animals are suffering from the trash we make — not only do we eat them but also make their living environment poisonous and miserable.
Selfish(2019) – 3D Animated Film from Chen, Po-Chien on Vimeo.
“Now, lie down and dream of tomorrow and all the things that we can do
And who knows, if you dream hard enough, maybe some of them will come true
We now call it The Great Realisation and yes, since then, there have been many
But that’s the story of how it started and why hindsight’s 2020”
– Tom Foolery, The Great Realisation (2020)
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.
Channel NewsAsia’s IT Figures Season 5, Episode 7, “Litter Red Dot” (21 mins) [link]
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!
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.
Click the image to view the Ted-Ed page and visit the “Dig Deeper” sections for lots of useful links!
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.
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.”
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.
John Kerry of the US State Department on human threat on our oceans and how we might protect it:
From the ourocean2014.state.gov webpage:
“Our ocean today is at grave risk – and it’s not happening by accident. Human activity is the cause. Harmful fishing practices, even illegal fishing; giant garbage patches; hundreds of dead zones; and rising carbon dioxide levels – all of it threatens life under the sea. That’s the bad news. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be that way. Governments, communities, and individuals can act now to reverse these trends. We can protect the ocean if we all start treating it like ‘our ocean.’”
‘The US Department of State will host the “Our Ocean” Conference on 16 & 17 June (#OurOcean2014). Invited individuals, experts, practitioners, advocates, lawmakers, and the international ocean and foreign policy communities will gather lessons learned, share the best science, offer unique perspectives, and demonstrate effective action.
They aim to chart a way forward, working individually and together, to protect “Our Ocean.”’
The conference will be accessible on the internet.
They add, “wherever you live, you can help in some way. We can make a healthier ocean, for this generation and those to come.”
And ask. “What will you do to help protect our ocean?”
“Show your support and tell others how you’ll make this commitment…”
- I will let my national and local leaders know that protecting our ocean is important to me.
- I will ask whether my seafood has been caught in a sustainable manner.
- I will not eat shark fin soup.
- I will not throw trash into our ocean or waterways.
- I will volunteer at least one day a year to help clean our waterways or beaches.
Visit ourocean2014.state.gov/#s-action to make your pledge and help raise awareness of the conference and the awareness of marine pollution,sustainable fisheries and ocean acidification by joining the Thunderclap!