Did you know that the knobbly sea star uses cold sea water to pump up its body, so that its body temperature is lowered? And that the giant clam never leaves a reef once it fastens itself to a spot?
The 17-member conservation group “Youths for the Wild” wants Singaporeans to learn more about marine life found on Singapore shores. And they promise their campaign to raise awareness about marine conservation will bring about a splashing good time.
Supported by the Marine Life Fund, the group’s initiative “Indanger: A Splash on the Wild Side of Singapore” will be a one-week programme held at the Marine Life Park from 16 March. We caught up with Wei Ling, the group’s President to find out more.
Who are “Youths for the Wild”?
We are people passionate about wildlife. Before Youths for the Wild was formed in 2011, we were active in other wildlife conservation groups, both individually and as a group. With Youths for the Wild, we want to raise the public’s awareness regarding marine conservation.
We have currently 17 members, with some residing in California and the United Kingdom. The majority of our group members are currently waiting, or are already enrolled in tertiary education.
Why did you choose this campaign?
We want an event that focuses on local wildlife and it seemed brilliant to collaborate with the Marine Life Park, the world’s largest oceanarium, for greater outreach.
What do you hope to achieve with your project?
We hope that more Singaporeans will protect and love the environment, to appreciate our marine flora and fauna, and to realise the rich biodiversity that Singapore shores offer. For now, we are focusing on the event. If this goes well, we hope to have similar events annually and increase greater public outreach via the online platform.
What challenges do “Youths for the Wild” face?
Publicity; efforts so far to gather more volunteers and generate a livelier online discussion have only received lukewarm response. Through this campaign and collaboration, we hope to reach out to a bigger audience and bring across our message – marine conservation.
How did you learn about the Marine Life Fund?
We had met up with the MLP team who displayed enthusiasm in collaborating.They also informed us about the Marine Life Fund, which would aid us in promoting marine conservation and education. We then submitted a proposal for a possible public awareness campaign on marine life. Since then, we have been working to refine the project proposal so that it is relevant and in line with Marine Life Fund’s conservation aims. Since the application was approved in December last year, we have been working hard to make the event successful in March.
Stay tuned for updates on activities planned for “Indanger: A Splash on the Wild Side of Singapore” in upcoming posts. Interested in funding for a marine project of your own? New applications for the Marine Life Fund start from mid-2013. Watch this space.