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Friday, July 18, 2014

环保讲座 @ 中国西安邮电大学 (6月5日)


中国西安邮电大学, 通信与信息工程学院副院长,刘颖博士,邀请地球协会在6月份到中国为大学生做环保讲座。刘副院长是在前几年到新加坡进行学术交流时认识地球协会的。刘副校长热衷于环保,并认同地球协会素食环保的环保理念。刘副院长在今年初就写信邀请地球协会的刘先生到西安邮电大学举办环保讲座。经过一番接洽与安排,刘副院长决定邀请刘先生夫妇在64日至6日到中国西安邮电大学举办环保讲座,学校将提供机票与住宿。

刘先生夫妇在64日傍晚抵达中国西安咸阳机场,刘副院长派人热情接待。
65日,学校安排了2场环保讲座,一场在中午、一场在傍晚。
刘先生在中午为40名研究生演讲,在傍晚为300名大学生演讲。
演讲内容包括:全球暖化对世界各地的影响(冰川融化、旱灾/水灾增加、海平面上升、粮食水源问题等),如何减低温室气体(多种树/减少肉食/用绿色能源/再循环)。演讲中呈现了许多环保短片,:科学家谈全球暖化短片、NASA总裁DrJames Hansen 暖化的影响、联合国IPCC主席帕乔尔谈减少碳足迹、戈尔Al Gore绿色能源短片、中国演艺界拍摄的《周一请吃素》短片等。

同学们都聚精汇神地聆听讲座,专心地看环保短片。当同学们看到2013年热播电视剧《咱们结婚吧》的女主角高圆圆说:“周一请吃素”时,大家都会心一笑。:〉

讲座完毕,许多学生都上前来索取环保网站,环保册子等资料。一些学生则填写讲座反馈,并提供电子邮件以跟我们保持联系。

刘先生夫妇在66日中午离开西安邮电大学。此次中国之旅,刘先生夫妇受到邮电大学师生的热情款待,也在师生心里播下了环保的幼苗。希望日后还有机会到中国去举办讲座,为环保尽一份绵力。

以下是一些学生的反馈:

此次演讲对我有极强的震撼力,感谢老师此次环境保护的倡导演讲。此后我会加强自己的环保活动!- 李钧杰,西安邮电大学 学生

看了讲课,有很多感触。全球暖化,天气渐热。少吃肉、多吃素,有益健康,更有益地球。 - 王鹏,西安邮电大学 学生

希望大家多做宣传,为保护地球美好环境做出自己的一份贡献。
-西安邮电大学 学生

响应保护地球的号召。为了以后更好的生活,为了我们共同的家园,决定周一吃素,从我做起。 
彭同学,西安邮电大学 学生

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Environment Seminar @ Parsons Brinkerhoff company (28 May)

Mr Lakkur Sai Prakash, an Engineer in Parsons Brinkerhoff company, invited Earth Society to conduct a 1 hour seminar to 20 staffs on 28 May from 5 to 6pm. This is the 2nd year that Parsons Brinkerhoff invited us to the company.

On 28 May, Earth Society members reached Parsons Brinkerhoff at 4.55pm.
We conducted a 45 mins presentation on Overfishing, Deforestation, Greenhouse gas and Environmental protection. At the end of the seminar, we introduce some environmental heros such as Dr Jane Goodall, Captain Paul Watson of the Sea shepherd and NASA director Dr James Hansen to the staffs.

Staff’s Feedback:

The talk is really great. I learnt something today. - Jonathan Naidu, Engineer

It was an informative talk and an eye-opening experience to learn about the impacts of a meat-based diet on environment.   – Sushant Ghargi, Environmental Engineer

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Assembly Talk @ Chung Cheng High (28 May)

As part of the post-exam activities for Sec 1 students, Ms Koh Xiao Woon ( Clean and Green Committee teacher in Chung Cheng High) invited Earth Society to conduct a Global Warming Assembly talk for the students on 28 May.
This the 3rd year that Chung Cheng High invited Earth Society to the school.

Mr Low conducted the Assembly talk from 1.30 to 2.30pm. He presented on how global warming is affecting the planet and showcased various solutions that scientists recommended to curb climate change. He also showed short environmental video clips during the presentation.

The talk was very well-received by the teachers and students.

Teachers’ Feedback:
Thank you so much for coming down to give our students such a comprehensive talk on Climate Change. The presentation was very good for our students and it contains a lot of videos and pictures that helps them to learn and understand better. We appreciate it a lot and hope to continue to work with you again in the future.

- Ms Koh Xiao Woon, Teacher,
  Maths and Science Department, Clean and Green Committee

Monday, June 30, 2014

Eco-Conversation on Food Security @ SMU (24 May)

Nature Society, SMU Verts and Green Future Solutions jointly organized an Eco-conversation at SMU on 24 May from 9am till 1pm. The title of the event is “Conversations on Sustainable Singapore – Food Security”. The objective of the event is to gather the participants’ thoughts on Food Supply / Food waste, and to generate constructive and specific suggestions for the Sustainable Singapore Blue print review conducted by Ministry of Environment and Water resources. (MEWR)

Earth Society members signed up and participant in this meaningful conversation. The conversation consists of 2 presentations by invited speakers, small group discussions and a group presentation at the end of the event. 
About 40 participants attended the event. The event was graced with the presence of NMP Ms Faizal Jamal.
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During the event, Mr Melvin Chow (Director of Planning and Management Department in AVA) presented on the current food situation in Singapore.
We currently have 50 Vegetable farms, 3 Chicken egg farms and 127 fish farms in Singapore producing 12% of our vegetables, 26% of the eggs we eat and 8% of the fish we eat. The majority of the food we eat (about 90%) are imported from other countries.

Mr Chow informed that as our food supply depends heavily on imports, Singapore is vulnerable to global food situations such as spikes in food prices, reduction of food supplies due climate change etc. Singapore’s key strategy to ensure food security is to diversify our food sources. (eg. We import chicken from A/B/C countries. If a disruption occurs in A country, we can still import chicken from B and C countries.)
Mr Chow recommended that we as individuals can increase Food Security by reducing our food waste and buying local farm produce. 

Mr Chow’s presentation slides are available at :

Mr Allan Lim, Urban farmer and founder of the Living! Project, was the 2nd speaker in the event. He shared on Comcrop (Community Crop) rooftop farming in *SCAPE building in heart of Orchard Road. The rooftop farm is a 6000 square foot commercial farm that uses aquaponic system for farming.

In the aquaponic system, fishes in a fish tank produces wastes that provide nutrients for the vegetables that are grown in hydroponic vertical racks. The water from the vegetable hydroponic racks which have higher dissolved oxygen content are then channelled back to the fish tank for the fishes. This forms a self-sustaining close-loop system.

Every week, students from Victoria Junior College and Singapore Polytechnic, as well as the elderly from Tampines-Changkat Constituency, come together to tend to the vegetables at the rooftop farm.

The rooftop farm targets to grow up to 15,000 fresh vegetables each month!

More info on Comcrops rooftop farm can be found at their website:
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During the small group discussion/ presentation, Earth Society members suggested to educate our Singapore population on reducing meat consumption by half to reduce our reliance on meat imports and to improve Food Security in Singapore.

We also suggested that Health Promotion Board can extend the Health Promoting School Canteen program (a program that encourages students to eat a healthy diet consisting of ¾ fruits/ veggies/grains and ¼ meat) to the working adults.

Both suggestions were placed in their final report for Food Security conversation:
The final report would be submitted to MEWR, NEA and AVA for their reference and consideration for action.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Assembly Talk @ Admiralty Secondary (28 Apr)

Ms Selvi, Environment Club teacher-in-charge of Admiralty Secondary, invited Earth Society to conduct an Assembly talk for the school cohort on 28 Apr.

On 28 Apr, Earth Society members reached Admiralty Secondary 12.15pm.  We conduct an Assembly talk on Global warming for the students from 12.30 to 1.30pm. Students listen attentively to the talk and participated in the Quiz at the end of the talk.

We set up a booth to pass Eco-friendly leaflets to the students from 1.30 to 2.30pm.


Feedback from Students: 

I have enjoyed the talk. After the talk, I have learnt that with everyone’s cooperation, we can help to reduce global warming. I have learnt to cut down on the consumption of beef and eat more veggies.   - Jeryl Koh, Sec 3, Admiralty student.

The talk brings awareness and gave me a whole-world experience of climate change. I have learnt that global warming causes a lot of problems. We are also adding to the problem with our way of life.    
– Wei Han, Sec 2, Admiralty student

The talk is very meaningful to me as I learn many ways to help the environment. I hope such sessions can be conducted more often to educate us on environmental issues.     
– Jia Jun, Admiralty student

Booth @ CHIJ St Nicholas Girls School (25 Apr)

As part of their Earth Day activities, Mr Kuah Ee Qiang from CHIJ St Nicholas Girl’s School (Secondary) invited Earth Society to set up a booth in the school on 25 Apr. St Nicholas Girl’s school is a school that houses a primary school and a secondary school.









On 25 Apr, Earth Society members reached St Nicholas Girl’s School at 9.15am.  We set up a booth to pass Eco-friendly leaflets to the students. We also set up a TV to show some environmental video clips to the students.


Mr Kuah has also invited Building and Construction Authority (BSA) to set up a booth on that day. The BSA booth offers free educational program on Green buildings for the secondary students.





Earth Society members manned the booth from 9.30 till 12.30. Primary and secondary school students visited our booth during their recess time. We noticed that the school has many beautiful wall paintings in the primary section and went to take a look during our free time. We left the school by 1pm.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Assembly Talk @ QiHua Primary (24 Apr)

Ms Ee Jia Ying from Qi Hua Primary invited Earth Society to conduct an Assembly talk in the school on 24 Apr. This is the 2nd year that Qi Hua Primary invited us to the school.

On 24 Apr, Earth Society members arrived at Qi Hua Primary at 12.45 pm. We conducted an Assembly talk on Overfishing and Deforestation for the school cohort from 1.10 to 1.30pm.

After the talk, we set up a booth at the school canteen to pass more information to the students. We left the school by 2.20pm.

Assembly Talk @ Sembawang Primary (21 Apr)


Ms Tan Si Yi, HOD Science of Sembawang Primary, invited Earth Society to conduct an Assembly talk in the school on 21 Apr. This is the 3rd year that Sembawang Primary invited us to the school.

On 21 Apr, Earth Society members arrived at Sembawang Primary at 9am.We set up booth at the school canteen from 9 to 10.30am to distribute leaflets on eco-friendly websites to the students. 





At 10.30am, we moved to the school hall to conduct an Assembly talk to the school cohort. We showed how Global warming is affecting the planet, spoke on the recent Dry spell in Singapore and presented ways to reduce climate change. The students listened attentively and participated in a Quiz at the end of the talk. 

After the talk, we left Sembawang Primary by 11.30am.

Assembly Talk @ Nan Chiau High (16 Apr)

Ms Leow SH, Green Club teacher-in-charge of Nan Chiau High, invited Earth Society to conduct an Assembly talk in the school on 16 Apr.

On 16 Apr, Earth Society members arrived at Nan Chiau High at 1.30pm. Ms Precia, a green club teacher, greeted us in the school. We conducted a talk for the Sec 1 to Sec 5 students from 1.45 to 2.30pm. 





After the talk, we set up a booth to gather feedback and pass more info to the students. Green Club students in Nan Chaiu High helped us to man the booth.  

The talk and booth were well-received by the teachers and students. 








Feedback from Students:  

The Global Warming Seminar is informative and interesting. There are many statistics to show the effects of climate change. The videos are interesting and provide an insight to global warming.          – Trixie Toh, NCH student.

It is a very interesting and informative talk. I never expect the sea to rise by a 23-storey building if all the ice in Antarctica melts!  The videos are very impactful. I am glad to be able to attend this talk.        – Foo Yong Li, NCH student.

I enjoyed the seminar. I am more aware of the world around us and how urgent it is to save the environment from disasters. I have learnt that many people have worked to help the environment. Now I can spread awareness to everyone around me. Hopefully, more people will help to save the environment soon. - NCH Green Club student

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Assembly Talks @ CHIJ Toa Payoh Primary (16 Apr)

Mrs Alice Choo from CHIJ Toa Payoh Primary invited Earth Society to conduct 2 Assembly talks for the school cohort on 16 Apr.

On 16 Apr, Earth Society members arrived at Toa Payoh Primary on 11.15 am. We conducted a Global Warming Assembly talk for the P1 - P3 students from 11.30 to 12 pm. We conducted another talk for the P4 - P6 students from 12 to 12.30pm. Students participated actively in the quiz at the end of the talk.

After the talk, we left the school at 12.50pm.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Assembly Talk @ Guang Yang Primary (31 Mar)

Mr Faisal from Guang Yang Primary invited Earth Society to conduct an Assembly talk for the school cohort on 31 Mar.

On 31 Mar, Earth Society members arrived at Guang Yang Primary on 9.45am. We conducted a Global Warming Assembly talk for the P1 to P6 students from 10 to 10.30am. Students participated actively in the quiz at the end of the talk.

After the talk, we set up a booth at the school canteen from 10.30 to 11.30am to pass additional info to the students and teachers.

Students’ Feedback: 
The talk is very good. I learnt a lot of things that I never knew before. It is very important that everyone should know about Global Warming.                    - Natalie, P6, GYP

The videos and quiz are very fun. I learnt that the Earth is in danger.
– Zhu Zhen, P4, GYP.

The talk is very interesting. It teaches us that not many people are very fortunate in different countries.  – Fanly Pan, P4, GYP

The talk is very meaningful. After the talk, I understand that just by not eating meat for one day a week, I can make a big difference. And less people have to starve.                                
- Lim Jia Ci, P6, GYP

Monday, April 28, 2014

Assembly Talks @ Marsling Secondary (27 Mar/ 11 Apr)

Ms Koeh Yin Ying, Subject Head Aesthetics of Marsling Secondary, invited Earth Society to conduct a Global Warming Assembly talk to their Sec 1 and 2 students on 27 Mar from 7.45 till 8.30am.

The school teachers and students responded very well to the talk and Ms Koeh invited our team over to Marsling Secondary again on 11 Apr to conduct an Assembly talk to the Sec 3 and Sec 4 students.

On both occasions, Earth Society team set up a booth to distribute more information to the teachers / students after the Assembly talk.

Feedback from Teachers and Students: 

A very big THANK YOU for coming up north to our school for this very educational, powerful and wonderful presentation. I had checked with my colleagues, they had strongly agreed that the talk on Global Warming had benefitted the students tremendously. Much effort and passion had been put in for this presentation and we are deeply touched.                
- Ms Koeh Yin Ying, Subject Head Aesthetics, MSS

Great information for students to contextualize what they have learnt in classrooms. It also gives them a worldwide perspective on what is happening in their world.
- Mr Lai Kwok Liang, Teacher, MSS  

The talk is quite nice. I have learnt the importance of conserving Earth’s resources.
In the talk, I understand how global warming had affected the lives of others.
Therefore, the talk is useful in stating the information of Global warming.
– Yeong Le Shan, Sec 3, MSS

The seminar alert me to play my part by saving water, electricity and cutting down on meat to reduce the rate of global warming.  – Jolene Chng, Sec 3, MSS

I felt that it was a great seminar as it shows how severe climate change is. I hope more schools can hear from you.  
– Leow Wen An, Sec 4, MSS

Sunday, April 27, 2014

NTU Green Fest (24 to 26 Mar)


Ms Maria Moper Nunez from Nanyang Technological University Earthlink Management Committee invited Earth Society to set up a booth during their NTU Green Fest event from 24 Mar to 26 Mar. NTU Earthlink president, Mr Ryan Jin, get to know about Earth Society during the Singapore Poly GR3 Fair held in Jan this year. Other organizations participating in the event includes ACRES, NParks, Nokia, The Dorsl Effect etc.

On 24 Mar, NTU Earthlink invited Dr Amy Khor, Mayor of South West District, to grace the opening ceremony for Earth Fest. Dr Amy Khor presented a Token of Appreciation to Earth Society during the opening ceremony.
 

NTU Earthlink set up a game station for the students participating in the event. Students will first collect a game card from Earthlink game station. Then they have to visit the different booths to learn about how to help the environment. They would complete various activities at the booths to earn stamps on the card. When the students get 9 stamps, they would win a goodie bag and a chance to join in a Lucky Draw. The grand prize of the Lucky Draw is an ipad! (a great attraction for the students!)


At our booth, students have to watch a 2 mins video clip on “How Global Warming is affecting the world?” Then, they will answer 2 questions based on the video to get a stamp in the card. Because of this activity, many students learn about the effects of climate change on the environment and ways to protect the environment.


At the end of the 3 day event, many students showed interest in the topic of Climate change and gladly sign up in our email list to receive more information on environmental protection.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Eco-Walk from the Heart event (16 Mar)


Mdm Joyce Lye, founder of Kampung Senang, invited Earth Society to participate in their Eco “Walk from the Heart” event on 16 Mar at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. Kampung Senang organized this Eco-walk to raise funds for it’s various charity projects which includes overseas Eco-tours, Zero-Cancer program, Wheel-chair repair program etc.
More info about Kampung Senang can be found at: http://kampungsenang.org/


On 16 Mar, Earth Society members and volunteers arrived at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park on 8am. We set up booths to distribute information on Environmental protection to interested participants of the walk.

We don animal costumes and hold signs such as “Less Meat, Less Heat”, “Veggie Thursdays” and pose with the participants for them to take photos.
Our animal mascots are hugely popular with the participants of the walk. :>

Participants of the event walk leisurely for 3km / 5 km around the park. After the walk they take part in programs such as laughter yoga, Health talks etc.

The event ended at 11.30am with a refreshing shower of long-awaited rainfall. (The grass and the trees in the park would be grateful for the rainfall after such a long Dry spell from Jan to mid-Mar 2014)


Sunday, March 9, 2014

Assembly Talk @ Changkat Primary (24 Feb)

Mdm Nadjah Alkhatib from Changkat Primary invited Earth Society to conduct 2 Assembly talks for the school cohort on 24 Feb. Mdm Sumi, a parent volunteer in the school, recommended our talks to her.

On 24 Feb, Earth Society members arrived at Changkat Primary at 8.45am.
We conducted a Global Warming Assembly talk to P1 to P3 students from 9 to 9.30am, set up a booth from 9.30 till 11am, and conduct another Assembly talk for P4 to P6 students from 11 to 11.30am.

Feedback from Teachers: 

The talk was informative. The presenter showed good videos, easy for kids to follow and understand the Green House Effect. Most of the students were engaged. Teachers too.  
- Mdm Nadjah Alkhatib, teacher, ChangKat Primary

A very good talk on Global Warming. Very impressed with slides and videos. The pupils learn a lot about saving the Earth. Thank you for a job well-done!
- Ms Nooradelin Mohd Salleh, teacher, ChangKat Primary