Earth Day 2017
Come join us as we join hands to clean up a coastal area near our campus as we aim to protect our earth's biodiversity. In Singapore, our coast lines host innumerable amounts of biodiversity. Trash present in these areas impact our wildlife adversely, releases toxic chemicals and devalues the natural beauty of the landscape. This coastal cleanup right in our campus backyard to remove this trash hopes to raise awareness of the plight of our oceans, and motivate us to rethink our habits in daily urban living towards sustainable practises.
We will spend 90mins to pick a whole lot of litter made up of plastics, styroform and other waste. Bring your friends and family for this. It will be at Coney Island this year and we know that the trash load there is affecting wild life including turtles in the area.
- Meeting time at Coney Island West entrance at 845am sharp
- We will do a quick briefing and begin the activity at 9am and aim to complete the activity by no later than 11am
Advice for Participants
1: What to bring and wear?
- We will provide a first set of gloves for you as well as trash bags.
- Protect your feet! You must wear hard-soled, covered shoes – absolutely no slippers or sandals!
- Protect yourself from the heat - wear a cap and put on some sun-block lotion (>SPF 15); do this early, before it gets hot!
- Be prepared for rain - pack a poncho, raincoat or umbrella.
- Be hydrated! Bring at least one litre of water; if your site has no facilities, bring two litres!
- Protect yourself from insect bites - apply insect repellent in case of mosquitoes or sandflies before entering the site.
- Wear pants to protect your legs against bites and scratches. We may encounter problems with sandflies so please be mindful of this point!
2: Be sensible and safe!
- Place your feet carefully on the ground - beware of broken glass, fishing hooks, syringes and other sharp objects which may be present on beaches. Fish such as stingrays and catfish have sharp spines.
- Examine items carefully before picking them up - sharp objects can pierce your gloves.
- Avoid entering bushy areas where you cannot see ahead of you; there may be hornets, wasps, snakes or sharp objects!
- If you encounter flying insects, do not wave them off – allow them to fly away or move away. Inform your Organiser.
- Avoid handling marine organisms.
- Keep your gloves on at all times - when picking up objects and moving trash bags about.
- Do not open closed bottles - they may contain a poison.
- Do not handle oil drums. These may contain dangerous liquids or poisonous vapours. Report these to your Organiser for action.
- Take care of your back! Ask for help to lift heavy things, and ensure you use your thigh muscles and keep the strain off your back. Leave excessively heavy items behind but report those to your Organiser.
- Dispose of glass and sharps (e.g. syringes) responsibly - pad them well with numerous empty plastic bottles and dispose these separately in canvas trash bags – workers who transport trash bags later to waste incineration sites must be protected from accidents. Alert your Organiser.
- When there is the threat of lightning, stop work immediately and seek shelter. Your Organiser will monitor this but stay alert and help monitor this.
- Ensure you take sufficient breaks and drink water - more if you are unused to regular physical action.
3: Be Green and sensible!
- Leave natural items on the beach such as driftwood, shells and coral, dead fish and crabs, mangrove seeds, branches and seaweed which are part of the ecosystem.
- Don't damage vegetation and avoid stepping on plants and seedlings. These are part of the natural ecosystem and not only hold down the sand to prevent erosion, but also provide wildlife with food and homes.
- Remove excess sand or mud which may be trapped in plastic before disposing an item.
- Recycle used plastic bags to hold trash while you comb the beach. Old bags can be used, rather than use brand new plastic bags.
- Don't litter! You are there to help remove litter, not add more litter!
- Save a bottle. Bring along your own refillable water bottle.