08 April 2010

16 Apr (Fri): Talk on "Volunteering for Mother Earth" by Grant Pereira

Grant Pereira is a Force of Nature! You cannot meet him and remain unchanged. Grant is among those who walk the talk, and fearlessly walks more than he talks. Though he looks fearsome (the Ubin folks call him "Osama"), he is the kindest and gentlest of souls.
In the spirit of Earth Day, the Singapore Botanic Gardens is very pleased to present founder of The Green Volunteers, Grant Pereira, who will be sharing with us his experiences as a volunteer and activist in environmental and social causes, both locally and internationally.

Grant believes in getting his feet wet and hands dirty. The Volunteers do reforestation projects both locally and overases, which includes helping hilltribes in Northern Thailand. Grant also brings university students to Thailand for elephant conservation and reforestation, and orang utan projects in Indonesia and Sandakan, Sabah. In Johor, he has just launched a hornbill breeding project. On-going projects include mangrove replanting and a new programme S.P.R.O.U.T.S (Singaporeans Proudly Replanting our Unique Trees and Shrubs).

On the international front, Grant is the Asian education coordinator, and sits on the board of advisors of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Needless to say, Grant has won many awards for his work. In Singapore, the Green Volunteers also work closely with NParks - leading monthly nature walks at Fort Canning Park and jointly launched a Butterfly Garden at Fort Canning Park recently.

In this talk, Grant will share his more than 30 years experiences as an activist in environmental and social causes, both locally and internationally. Post-talk, feel free to join Grant for a walk in the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Here's a little more about Grant on the wildsingapore website.

Time: talk 4-5pm, followed by a walk in the Gardens.
Venue: Function Hall, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/

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