Over three Saturdays in September, some 40 organisations hit the beaches and mangroves around Singapore as part of the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore in an effort to count, categorise and collect marine trash.
This data which is reported to the international coordinator, Ocean Conservancy, to create awareness, effect policy change and provide material for public education. Around the world, 70-100 countries take part annually
The Singapore programme is in its 18th year and I have been national coordinator since 2000 as a result of seeing so much trash in the mangroves! After more than ten years of mangrove cleanups, I finally turned my attention to Sungei Pandan mangrove in 2008. This tiny remnant strip nearby campus has accumulated a heavy load of trash over the years.
Partnering department alumni, staff and students who anchor this cleanup is Wildlife Reserves Singapore (Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park), our co-founding ICC partners at this site – and they count some of our alumni amongst their staff!
Here are some photos from the cleanup featuring some familiar faces – the rest are at the Habitatnews Flickr album and WRS photos are on Fotki. Data results are on the ICCS webpage.
Lots more out there so join us at Lim Chua Kang (Jul/Aug) and Pandan (Sep) next year. Just join the mailing list on the ICCS webpage and I’ll alert you next year.
Getting ready at 7.45am at the Jalan Buroh bus-stop
Getting ready – two of the ‘Indpendents’ and Adrian Loo (alumni)
Weiting (hons) taking a break from her thesis in the mangrove core!
Robert (postgrad) too worked in the depth of the mangrove
Yea Tian (hons) kept up with the mangrove core team to record data
Trina (hons) was determined to be mosquito-proof
Joelle (staff) and Yandi (alumni) removing a mattress
Biswajit (alumni/WRS) wading in
Anne and Trina (hons) and Yandi (alumni) rescuing a volunteer
Anne Devan (hons) in action!
Yea Tian (hons) and Xuiling (2nd year) weighing and recording trash
with the hard working ‘Independents’
DBS Crew with Independents
Sivasothi (staff) with Biswajit and Desmond (alumni/WRS)
and WRS coordinator Charlotte.
Glove cleaning – recycling the welder’s gloves for next year
Alison Wee (postgrad and ICCS Penang liason), N. Sivasothi (ICCS Coordinator)
and Teo Yea Tian (hons) facing camera