A planet in trouble needs us. Volunteers in the natural history community who are doing something for the public or individuals concerned about the environment making an effort in your daily life, you can easily fill this in to add to the billion acts of green pledged.
No effort is too small and we will encourage others to take that first step.
As I filled this in, I wondered, what else could I be doing, how could I amplify my actions and strategise to be more effective?
At 2pm today, I will give a talk in in conjunction with the second Youth for Environment Day (YED) for MOE schools. The talk will be held at one of four key satellite schools, ACS (Independent). In attendance will be some 400 students from participating schools.
The actual date of YED is Earth Day which is on 22 April 2012.
This is one of four events which Raffles Museum Toddycats are marking Earth Day with. Maxine Mowe, recovered from her sore thoat to speak at her alma mater on Wednesday. Jocelyne Sze will speak at Queenstown Primary on Monday and next Saturday is the Earth Day Cleanup at Tanah Merah.
I’ll have to sort out a new narrative for this talk in the morning. More emphasis on action in our daily life, for example, as that will tie in neatly to their workshops happening after the talk. Ria Tan of WildSingapore pointed them my way after her Green Drinks talk.
“I Think, I Care, I Act – reflections from 15 years of battling marine trash in Singapore”
N. Sivasothi aka Otterman
International Coastal Cleanup Singapore
Abstract – biologist N. Sivasothi aka Otterman fell in love with the shores of Singapore which are home to amazing creatures like horseshoe crabs, mudskippers, monitor lizards, crocodiles, otters, turtles and dolphins. The trash on the shore was shocking and concerned, he began coordinating the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore.
Over a decade later with a dedicated team and the efforts of some 4,000 volunteers from more than 60 organisations and schools, the source of the problem is now also fought in our homes – the biggest culprit is single use disposable plastic and a lack of awareness about the impact of our lifestyle on every corner of this precious earth. “