Thu 19 Oct 2017: 1.00pm – TMSI Workshop Invitation: “Plastic Oceans” @ St. John’s Island National Marine Laboratory

Thu 19 Oct 2017 – “Plastics Oceans” workshop invitation @ St. John’s Island National Marine Laboratory. Sign up to attend here: http://tinyurl.com/tmsi-marineplastics. Transport by boat provided.

You can read the abstracts at the workshop home page at http://sjinml.nus.edu.sg/workshop-invitation-plastic-oceans/.

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ICCS Workshops 2016: 13-15 Jul 2016: 7.00pm – 9.30pm

The invitation to the 2016 International Coastal Cleanup Singapore Workshop for Organisers has been emailed to the 78 organisers who registered for the cleanup in September. The venue is the Department of Biological Sciences at National University of Singapore.

This workshops are organised to update and equip Organisers with information and strategies for running a safe, effective, educational and green event.

We will conduct this on weekday nights next week (13-15 Jul 2016) in a small-group environment to enhance learning, facilitate the asking of questions and sharing of experiences.

If you wish to attend the workshop, write to us at iccs@coastalcleanupsingapore.org

Update (13 Jul 2016)

Wed 13 Jul 2016: Instructors

  1. Airani S (I/C)
  2. Tan Chia Wu
  3. Yang Yi Yong
  4. Ng Kai Scene
  5. Johannah Wai

Wed 13 Jul 2016: 20 Participants

  1. Ministry Of Adventure (2)
  2. Sukyo Mahikari Singapore (3)
  3. Pacific Refreshments Pte Ltd (3)
  4. PacificLight Power Pte Ltd (2)
  5. Republic Polytechnic Conservation Interest Group (1)
  6. RGBLife (2)
  7. Little Green Men (2)
  8. Ricoh Singapore Pte Ltd (3)
  9. JTC Corporation (1)
  10. Colugo Cub Scouts (1)

Thu 14 Jul 2016: Instructors

  1. Lim Cheng Puay (I/C)
  2. Yang Yi Yong
  3. Joys Tan
  4. Johannah Wai

Thu 14 Jul 2016: 23 Participants

  1. Jurong Secondary School (2)
  2. Thomson Reuters (1)
  3. Renesas Electronics Singapore Pte Ltd (3)
  4. Fuji SMBE Pte Ltd (1)
  5. Siemens Pte ltd (3)
  6. NorthLight School (2)
  7. Thomson Reuters (3)
  8. Celanese Singapore (1)
  9. Paia Consulting (1)
  10. IRAS (3)
  11. Earthlink NTU (2)
  12. Setsco Services Pte Ltd (1)

Fri 15 Jul 2016: Instructors

  1. Teo Kah Ming (I/C)
  2. Joleen Chan
  3. Adriane Lee
  4. Joys Tan

Fri 15 Jul 2016: 18 Participants

  1. Tata Consultancy Services Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. (3)
  2. Alpha Phi Omega (1)
  3. Purac Asia Pacific (2)
  4. BTI (2)
  5. Mun Siong Engineering Limited (2)
  6. NUS High (2)
  7. Independent (1)
  8. Singapore Customs (1)
  9. Tian Hua Fu Tang (2)
  10. Better Trails LLP (2)

ICCS 2015 Organisers’ Workshops: Why and how do we conduct coastal cleanups?

1 – 3 July 2015: 7.00pm-9.30pm @ NUS Faculty of Science Active Learning Room [S16-03] — 42 ICCS Organisers attended the 2015 workshops to learn more about why and how to organise coastal cleanups. Three consecutive nights of 150-min workshops conducted by 6–8 zone captains each night ensured small group interaction and adequate attention especially for the first-time organisers.

At the last Site Allocation Meeting (SAX3), ICCS Otters discussed the design of the workshop. N. Sivasothi aka Otterman reorganised workshop slides for brevity and adjusted session design to increase interaction. Zone Captains, some new at instruction, prepared their lesson plan based on this format to ready themselves for action! The workshop format also ensured Organisers had plenty of time to clarify queries.

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Each day began with an introduction into local marine biodiversity and the impact of marine trash. Despite a history of reclamation at out shores and a busy shipping port, Singapore has six different aquatic ecosystems and much marine life whic has survived this impact. Knowledge of our marine life motivates us to conduct coastal cleanups, as we realise otherwise that many animals such as sea turtles and horseshoe crabs ingest plastic, or get entangled in trash.

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Left: Sankar A, Ubin Zone Captain shares about the Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata).
Right: Joys Tan, Tanah Merah Zone Captain reveals what non-recreational beaches in Singapore actually look like.

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Left: Tan Chia Wu, Changi Zone Captain talks about the organisational process behind a conducting coastal cleanup.
Right: Airani S, Data Captain runs through the ICCS Data Card, familiarising everyone with the different categories.

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The group break-out sessions were extremely helpful, providing first-time organisers the opportunity to consult our Zone Captains, as well as the more experienced organisers who imparted useful advice!

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Our Zone Captains also role-played – here, they demonstrated the human-chain – an effective method in transferring heavy trash bags from the cleanup site to the Trash Collection Point (TCP).

We ended each day with a very important chapter – solutions for sustainability after the coastal cleanup. Cleanup events are very importantly about education. The exposure iotaof participants to the reality of marine trash must be coupled with useful ideas about daily life – thinking about the necessity of disposable water bottles or recycling.

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Next up for ICCS Organisers are their site recces. ICCS 2015 is picking up speed!

ICCS Zone Captains plan for next week’s workshop

Zone Captains are great at the operational procedures necessary to organise an International Coastal Cleanup event. During the ICCS Workshops in July, they clarify burning questions Organisers ask in detail. this is also a time when they meet their Zone Captains with whom they will conduct recce in the weeks ahead before September.

This year the invitation emphasised new Organisers, to keep the number of participants low enough to ensure adequate attention for those who attend the sessions. Right now we have less than 12 Organisers per session, with 4-6 Zone Captains in attendance as instructors.

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For the first time this year, ICCS Zone Captains will be conducting the workshop in its entirety. Three teams have formed to cater to three days of workshops. They have a central syllabus but will plot a lively agenda for each day. New ideas have emerged to enhance communication and I am looking forward to seeing the new techniques to enhance Organiser preparation for a safe and efficient cleanup this year!

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Album on Flickr.

The Leafmonkey Workshop – Trash Talking: Marine Trash and Us

28 Mar 2014 – ICCS Otters and The Leafmonkey Workshop combined forces to conduct a workshop on marine trash last Friday!

As always, November and Ria ran the workshop smoothly while I was the guest speaker for the night! Other ICCS Otters like Ng Kai Scene, Sean Yap, Suzanne Ou and Yang Yiyong were there too. Three of them were supposed to help as group leaders but the participants were such active contributors that they could relax!

It was a good mix of participants with varying degree of experience and all of whom bore a concern for marine trash issues. As most of the participants are nature savvy, I skimmed the marine life section of the ICCS talk and got into the main issue quickly – plastics. This section deals with a few issues:

  • the effects of trash on marine animals,
  • it’s eventual effects on humans through food chain,
  • our ‘throwaway’ lifestyle which is the main source of marine trash and
  • ways in which an individual could combat this problem.
  • The audience were a great bunch and turned the Q&A into an active discussion amongst all. It ended with the suggestion of a visit to recycling plant to better understand the recycling process, which Yi Han kindly offered to organise.

    Start of Trash Talking talk! Image taken by Suzanne Ou.

    Start of Trash Talking talk. Image taken by Suzanne Ou.

    The very keen and proactive audience of the night! Image taken by Sean Yap.

    The very keen and proactive audience of the night! Image taken by Sean Yap.

    Then we play a game in which participants acted out how they would convey a specific message to public and the audience would guess the message, out of a few options. Everyone threw up creative ideas and the skits by all the groups were hilarious! The most memorable skit was a “four horsemen of trash” in which four people surrounded a member of public and hissed out deadly effects of trash. It was indeed attention-grabbing!

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    Four Horsemen of Trash!

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    The last ‘White Turtle’, Seannus Yappus. One of the group’s presentation on how one’s action has impact on marine life.

    Finally we conducted a discussion about current issues related to marine trash, the gaps and possible solutions. It was fascinating listening to the ideas. One was about a “No Cleaners’ Day” to let Singaporeans realise the amount of trash and mess they generate daily, another was cool and sexy green marketing ideas and a narration with the ‘golden rule’ of a story in which the cute protagonist is killed in the end! A cute comic strip drawn by Sean ended with a punch line “But plastic didn’t kill the turtle, you did,” we thought was simple and effective!

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    Simple and effective comics that made use of the ‘Golden Rule’! Comics drawn and image taken by Sean Yap.

    The discussion lasted after the air-con was switched off! I was so glad that I was able to share my experience and the knowledge from ICCS and in the process, learn more through these discussion!

    For more info on the content of the workshop, check out the notes taken here. Thanks and good luck to everyone’s endeavour to save our oceans! 🙂

    Three days of small group training at the 2013 ICCS Workshop Series for Organisers!

    This year the ICCS Workshop is being conducted over three days in the hope of a more interactive time in smaller groups. We want to ensure they get their questions asked and answered!

    It’s going to be a rough week or training ahead of me! Thankfully I have some help each day from Zone Captains, who have recce’d the sites and very familiar with logistics operations.

    These will be important sessions, as we will introduce the new Ocean Conservancy Data Card to Organisers from 42 organisations, of the 66 registered so far to take part in ICCS 2013.

    • Wednesday 05 July 2013 – 29 Organisers from 16 organisations, six Zone Captains instructing
    • Thursday 06 July 2013 – 13 Organisers from 13 organisations, five Zone Captains instructing
    • Friday 07 July 2013 – 14 people from 8 organisations, four Zone Captains instructing

    ICC Singapore: Organiser's Workshop 2013

    ICC Singapore: Organiser's Workshop 2013

    ICC Singapore: Organiser's Workshop 2013