In November last year, I called for action for the Tanah Merah coastline which we had tackled in September during ICCS. We felt more action was required for the trash load was heavy and persistent. Furthermore, oil from the Changi East Oil Spill of 2010 was persistent on the shore still.
NVPC was a partner to this effort and 15 people answered the call which was publicised by natural history blogs, Facebook pages, WildSingapore and the SG Cares portal. My team and I met them at NVPC in January 2012 and explained we were not recruiting participants for a cleanup but a team to coordinate cleanups at Tanah Merah year-round.
It was particularly gratifying to see this carried out today, we achieved much more than a cleanup – there is a team to manage Tanah Merah now, and in partnership with NVPC, proving there are willing hands out there!