Guardians of the S.E.A.A. embarked on our very first Kayak N Klean activity in collaboration with PAssion WaVe @ Sembawang (previously known as PA Water-Venture (Sembawang)).
24 participants volunteered their time on the morning of 30 March to help clear trash from our shores and waterways.
GOTS started the morning with a sharing on local marine biodiversity and the impact we have on them.
Trainers from PAWV took the participants through their briefing on Do’s and Don’ts so that all participants will be safe while taking action for the environment!
As we geared up and got ready to take our boats, the skies started clouding up, and rain soon followed after.
As we waited for the skies to clear, we had some team building games and activities.
Cleanup time! The skies cleared and we got onto our kayaks for “Kayak and Klean”!
The beaches were littered with an appalling amount of trash. They ranged from really small plastic pieces to large plastic pails and Styrofoam boards. You could tell that the trash had accumulated over time.
Micro plastics (plastic items were smaller than 5mm each) were dispersed throughout the coast. These pieces have been known to house toxic bacteria capable of causing coral bleaching and wound infections in humans, according to a recent study done by National University of Singapore (NUS).
Some thoughts from our participants on their experience:
‘I hope everyone participates in a cleanup activity at least once to witness first-hand how severe plastic pollution is. – Lau Hui Xing’
‘I didn’t realise that there was so much trash on our beaches in Singapore until today. I look forward to bringing my company to the next event. – Felisha Ng’
‘We should change the way we consume things and be more mindful about the way we consume things. – Eve Chen’
In time to call it a day, we returned to shore with our trash.
Happy faces after a fruitful adventure of cleaning up our waterways and doing our part for the ocean.
Guardians of the S.E.A.A. holds beach cleanups, reef cleanups and other conservation-related activities all year round. If you too believe in doing your part for our environment, continue to follow our blog to find out more about upcoming events.