Guardians of the S.E.A.A. joined Tingkat Heroes at NUS Zero-Waste Roadshow

As part of our on-going outreach strategy, Guardians of the S.E.A.A. participated in the Zero-Waste Roadshow on 31 Jan 2018, held at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

The roadshow was an initiative by Tingkat Heroes Singapore, in collaboration with the NUS Students Against the Violation of the Earth (SAVE), in support of NUS Goes Lite 2018. It aimed to raise awareness of how one can reduce the use of disposables, and to inspire more people to move towards a zero waste lifestyle.

Guardians of the S.E.A.A. (GOTS) supported this roadshow by highlighting the impacts of micro plastics on the environment and the non-disposable alternatives available.

Ee Lin and Ivy from our Conservation team. They illustrated the negative environmental impacts of micro plastics through games and food props, and spread awareness of Guardians of the S.E.A.A.. Image credit: Tingkat Heroes SG

We even bumped into a fellow GOTS member!
En Yee, a S.E.A. Aquarium docent, came over to say hi.

Here’s a clip of the event:

Zero Waste Roadshow @ NUS (31/Jan/18)

YAY TO OUR ZERO WASTE ROADSHOW @ NUS! Thanks for the love! Btw, this video is best enjoyed together with this song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyF2lHZt8Mo

Posted by Tingkat Heroes SG on Thursday, 1 February 2018

Tingkat Heroes Singapore is spearheaded by 22-year-old Pamela Low. The final year Economics major in NUS works with communities, schools and businesses in Singapore to go disposables-free. Her initiative was even praised by Masagos Zulkifli, Singapore’s Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, in his speech at the recent launch of the Year of Climate Action.

Pamela is also a member of the Singapore Youth for Climate Action (SYCA) – one of the groups that Singapore’s Ministry for the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) is consulting on ideas for campaigns to raise awareness on climate change. Image credit: Gavin Foo for The Straits Times. Source

Pamela was inspired to live a greener life after her four-month student exchange programme at the University of Mannheimin in Germany last year. During that time, she lived in and travelled to more than 15 countries in Europe, which gave her a wealth of case studies to learn from.

I admire how the EU countries are committed towards clean energy and resource optimisation. On the ground, they got their recycling and plastic bag tax correct. At the business and government level, they have ambitious goals for energy that they work honestly and earnestly towards.

In Germany, people people sort their trash very well into recycling bins such as this. It has been proven to be more effective than the commingle recycling bins we use in Singapore. This is something we can learn from them.

I kept reflecting on my experiences, and linking it to how Singapore could potentially measure up to them. This was one reason why I started Tingkat Heroes Singapore.

This year, she made a New Year’s resolution of not buying new clothes. Instead she will purchase second-hand clothes from thrift shops, or rehash pieces from her family’s current wardrobe. She hopes to lead by example by living out her resolution.

Currently, Pamela is working with NUS and her alma mater, Tanjong Katong Girls School (TKGS), to get their canteens to go “disposables-lite”. She plans to promote the concept of eating in to reduce the number of disposable containers used, as well as make aware of alternative options available, such as opting for no straw and bringing their own food containers or be charged for disposable containers.

Pamela promoting “disposables lite” at her alma mater Tanjong Katong Girls School.

Pamela also hopes to represent Singapore Youth for Climate Action at this year’s United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, after having missed the previous two outings.

Moving forward, she wants to conduct more research workshops in schools, scale her eco-curriculum to be adopted at more schools, and for them to go disposables-free like TKGS.

I hope to see Singapore adopt the plastic bag charge and sorted recycling system sometime this year or next.

You can keep up with the latest news from Tingkat Heroes Singapore via their Facebook page. If you’re interested in marine conservation related workshops, events and talks, join us as a member of Guardians of the S.E.A.A.. Details here.

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