On 5 August 2017, S.E.A. Aquarium Society held a Recycling Workshop at the Open Ocean gallery in S.E.A. Aquarium. 80 S.E.A. Aquarium Society Enthusiasts were there to learn about reducing plastic pollution and why it is important to protect the oceans.
It was the first of many conservation-related programmes planned for these Enthusiasts, a group for those passionate about the marine environment and its conservation – which you can join for free.
Chua Chi Hwee, an intern with the Aquarium’s Conservation and Education team, gives us an overview of the evening’s event.
Kicking off the evening’s event were Jim Hudson and Nivedha from S.E.A. Aquarium’s Conservation and Education team. The duo touched on what S.E.A. Aquarium Society hopes to achieve, before hitting on the relationship between plastic pollution and its effect on marine life.
This was followed by a presentation by Lim Yuen May, Senior Executive for Environmental Public Health Operations at Singapore’s National Environment Agency. She gave an in-depth look at Singapore’s very own landfill, Semakau Island, which is expected to be fully filled by 2035.
She had game stations set up to help the younger audience learn how to deal with their waste sustainably.
Zero Waste SG wrapped up the evening by introducing the BYO Schools initiative. A collaboration with S.E.A. Aquarium Society, the initiative aims to promote the importance of reducing single-use plastics among students. A booth was set up with reusable products to show kids some simple ways to make a difference, which they can easily do by bringing their own reusable cutlery, lunch boxes and bottles to school.
After the presentations, the Enthusiasts get to design and bring home their own reusable canvas bag – our way of encouraging both kids and adults to reduce plastic bag use. It was a fun hands-on activity that brought smiles to their faces, and produced some creative and impressive bag designs.
A big thank you to the S.E.A. Aquarium Society Enthusiasts for their support of this Recycling Workshop, the first of more marine conservation-related events to come.
The next event on 16 August is Sharks in Singapore, an event for shark lovers to learn more about these majestic creatures that live in our surrounding waters. To all Enthusiasts (and soon-to-be Enthusiasts), sign up now and see you there!