IsLand-A-Hand allows ordinary people to go trekking on secret Ubin paths, meet other youths who care about Ubin, get down and dirty to clean up, reforest and learn about Ubin. It was organised by the Outward Bound Singapore staff as their community service day. The clever title shows how everyone can lend a hand to the island of Ubin, and bring back what they learned to the big island of Singapore! I joined mid-way after the participants had completed their activities and were starting to share their thoughts about the event.
Shores of Singapore guidesheet to give out to all the participants. I hope this will help them know more about the marine life that thrives in Singapore's northern and southern shores.
how to volunteer with NParks.
Project Ubin info panels at the back of the room also provided more information for those who would like to make a difference for Pulau Ubin.
mass coral bleaching event and possibly a water shortage in Singapore due to prolonged drought in Johor.
U Volunteers with the equally indefatigable Minister Desmond take a group photo together. Johnson Ong, as usual, will have the most awesome collection of photos of the event, and posted almost instantly online!
Channel NewsAsia story of the event.
More photos of IsLand-A-Hand
Alas, on the way home, I saw a trail of palm oil waste at the OBS jetty.
More about palm oil waste and how it is very harmful to the environment.
Project Driftnet. The upside is that it suggests our waters are still rich in marine life despite the many pressures it faces.
Last week, I was also kindly invited to speak at the Gifted Education Annual Conference for the session on "Treasures in Our Backyard: Rediscovering Singapore's Natural Heritage". I was quite nervous speaking to Real Teachers. Besides my usual talk about Singapore's amazing marine life and some of the threats facing them, I took the opportunity to share some of the work that the nature community has been doing with youths. The Sustainability Mentorship Programme 2015 initiated by Eugene Tay was a great learning experience for me. I'm so glad he is looking into another run of the Programme.
Leafmonkey Workshop has been providing invaluable workshops for volunteer guides and nature volunteers. To allow them to learn, share and Do! These are non-denominational and anyone can join with a wide variety of nature experts invited to share. The interactive workshops are fun and ideal for adult sharing and learning.
wild internship was attempted. Blessed with great interns, and awesome mentors, we've done so much!
Raffles Ecological Literacy Programme that has produced great work including many books for children on Singapore's native flora and fauna. More photos of their talk slides here.
Earlier last week, Dr Serena Teo also kindly invited me to help out at the STEP-NUS Sunburst Environment Programme - Workshops. As usual, I had fun and learned a great deal from everyone. Grateful acknowledgement to November Tan and the Leafmonkey Workshop for workshopping tips. Which I hope helped the participants have fun and get to know one another and brainstorm ideas on how to approach some of our most heartbreaking food security issues. More photos here.
Here's more about the terms and conditions for me giving a talk.