Now Launched: Create for Climate Youth Art Competition

In accord with Singapore’s Year of Climate Action, and building on the momentum of the recent Rise for Climate global actions, the Singapore Create for Climate youth art competition is now launched. 

In this free-entry competition, Singaporean residents aged between 12 and 25 years are invited to create artworks using the symbols that have been adopted by a global community of climate artists: an “X” for what we need to put a stop to, and a Sun for the solutions we need. The results of the art competition, to be judged by a diverse panel of accomplished individuals from a broad spectrum of Singapore’s cultural and sustainability sectors, will be presented via an online gallery and a public exhibition to coincide with The Singapore Eco Film Festival in early November. Winners will receive public recognition at an awards ceremony with members of the jury and arts supply gift vouchers.

“We are thrilled to have this opportunity to showcase the talents and aspirations of Singapore’s youth, who will use their creative skills to share positive visions of society’s transition to a clean, green, fossil-free future,” says Sarah Ichioka, Director of Singapore-based consultancy Desire Lines, which is curating the competition pro bono, in collaboration with other Singaporean volunteers and the support of international climate movement 350.org. Ichioka continues: “Inspired by Singapore’s growing green lifestyle movement, and examples from ‘artivists’ around the world, we look forward to the outcomes of this competition engaging and inspiring Southeast Asia’s largest banks–and their customers–to divest from fossil fuels and move towards clean, green investments.”

Key Points:

  • Entry is free, and open to any Singaporean resident aged 12-25 years.
  • Entries may be submitted by individuals or teams, provided that all team members meet the residency and age requirements.
  • The original artwork for entries may be created in any medium, but must be submitted digitally, and be able to be reproduced / displayed as a 2D poster in standard A3 dimensions.
  • All works must incorporate the “X” for no to fossil fuels and the “Sun” to represent clean, renewable power sources.
  • Proof of age and residence will be required upon submission, but entries will be judged anonymously.
  • Longlisted entries will be shown in an online gallery, whilst shortlisted entries will be displayed at a public exhibition in central Singapore to coincide with the Singapore Eco Film Festival in November 2018.
  • Winners will receive public recognition at an awards ceremony with members of the jury as well as arts supply gift vouchers.
  • The deadline for online submissions is midnight on 15 October 2018. 

Interested parties can register their interest and request the full competition brief or pose any questions by sending an email stating their full name and NRIC/FIN number.

Confirmed Competition Judges:

Image taken from the Create for Climate website

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Green Drinks: Bees in Singapore

Hear about bee biodiversity in Singapore and beekeeping from bee lovers at our upcoming session of Green Drinks!

This month, we have three speakers – nature photographer, Zestin Soh, John Chong of Bee Amazed Garden, and Lesster Leow of the Association of Beekeepers (Singapore). Zestin will delight us with a presentation of captivating photos of bees he has encountered locally, while John will introduce his bee education centre to us, and Lesster will share about his experience in Africa and the newly established Association of Beekeepers in Singapore.

These talks will be followed by a panel discussion – ask these experts anything your heart desires about our local bees.

Date: 21 September (Friday)
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Venue: The Hive Lavender, 1 Kallang Junction, Level 6 Vanguard Campus (the closest MRT station is Bendemeer)
Admission Fee: Free!
RSVP: Register at https://singaporebees.peatix.com/!

To find out more about our non-profit society, visit www.sggreendrinks.wordpress.com

About Our Speakers

John Chong
John dedicated 37 years of his life as an educator with the Ministry of Education. His teaching career began in Yung An Primary School in 1979. He was among the pioneers who started the Science Room and Science Garden in the primary schools.

In 1991, he was among the 9 pioneer Singaporean teachers who started the one and only Singapore school outside Singapore, the Singapore International School (Hong Kong), and served in Hong Kong from 1991 to 1999 as the Head of Physical
Education Department.

Upon his return to Singapore, he was posted to Juying Secondary as the Head of the Physical Education Department where he successfully improved the physical fitness levels of the students considerably.

In 2003, he was appointed as the Vice-Principal of Zhangde Primary School where he served for 7 years as the champion of Positive Multiplying Attitude.

In 2010, he was posted to MacPherson Primary School where he advocated Positive Behaviour Support, Family Life, and Dads For Life. As a firm believer of Restorative Practice, he successfully restored strained and broken relationships among the students, parents and staff while in MacPherson Primary School. He was also the heart and voice for the less privileged children and families until his retirement in December 2016.

Now, John is a beekeeper and the founder of BEE AMAZED Garden and MY HONEY. He has an online honey shop selling honey from the land flowing with milk and honey under his own brand, MY HONEY.

Lesster Leow
Late 2000, Lesster Leow set foot in Uganda and became a beekeeper. His 17 years journey through the “The Pearl of Africa” had brought him many exciting adventures. Having zero knowledge in this green culture, Lesster just packed and went without knowing what lied ahead.

His most enriching experience is working with the African honeybees, They are the most aggressive species of all honeybees found on earth.

Currently he is back in Singapore for a short period as he is expanding his work around IndoChina. Before you meet him in person, you can watch a documentary of his work on the following link – https://video.toggle.sg/en/series/a-singaporean-abroad-s3/ep8/360374

He is also planning to share more of his knowledge and experience with fellow Singaporeans and thus, The Association of Beekeepers (Singapore) was born.

About Their Organisations

Bee Amazed Garden
BEE AMAZED Garden is an unique visitors’ center located at Kampung Kampus, 91 Lorong Chencharu, Singapore 769201. BEE AMAZED Garden offers educational programmes, corporate workshops, family activities, honey tasting, environmental talks and basic beekeeping lessons. Educational programmes, family activities and corporate workshops can be customized accordingly.

BEE AMAZED Garden also provides knowledge and information on the local bees, honey and basic beekeeping.

A tour of the BEE AMAZED Garden includes an explanation regarding a brief history of beekeeping, local honey bees, honey and a visit to the beehives observatory where the actual local honey bees could be observed without the danger of getting stung.

The Association of Beekeepers (Singapore)
The Association of Beekeepers (Singapore) was established in May 2018 to develop local beekeeping expertise and foster responsible beekeeping practices in Singapore. Founded by apiculturist Lesster Leow, the association offers comprehensive beekeeping courses with a hands-on approach to learning quintessential skills of managing bee colonies.

To get involved, please visit http://www.facebook.com/groups/AOBSG

Photo credit: Big thanks to Zestin Soh for generously allowing us to use this photo of a leafcutter bee.

Celebrating the life of Tay Lai Hock of Ground-Up Initiative

For those who have not already heard, Tay Lai Hock of Ground-Up Initiative (GUI) passed away earlier in the week. Also known as Kampung Chief, he was well respected for his leadership, authenticity, wisdom, ideas, compassion, conviction, character, directness, and how he walked the talk. He championed the need for a 21st century kampung culture and connected thousands of people to the land.

We at Green Drinks grieve his loss, and send our condolences to Lai Hock’s family and the GUI family. We feel blessed that he was able to speak at Green Drinks on two occasions – at the first session he shared his vision for GUI, and at a subsequent session, we got to hear his vision for Kampung Kampus. Both times, he inspired audience members and left a lasting impression.

If you would like to pay your final respects to Lai Hock:
-His wake is held at Blk 230 Simei Street 4, Friday (today) is the last day
-GUI have organised a memorial service to celebrate Lai Hock’s life on 18 August Saturday at Kampung Kampus, 91 Lorong Chencharu. More details here.

If you are going on Saturday, we will see you there!

25 Aug 2018: Urban Farm and Feast Market

The Hive Lavender, who have hosted a couple of our events, have organised the Urban Farm & Feast Market for 25 August. It will feature a marketplace and workshops among other activities, entry to the marketplace is free. More details below!

Join our local farmer’s market for an exciting day of ‘fresh’ ideas, Urban Farming workshopsdemonstrations and culinary delights. 

‘Do you know where your food really comes from?’

Take the opportunity to meet local farmers & vendors selling their produce, sharing their knowledge on healthy eating and discover more about sustainable food sources available here in Singapore.

‘Urban Farm & Feast Market’ is the perfect chance to understand and appreciate where your food comes from. Educate yourselves on nutrition and get the low down on Urban farming from ‘Farm to Table’ through a variety of interesting & interactive workshops and screenings. More so you can do some guilt free shopping at our ‘Urban Farm & Feast’ Marketplace, where you can purchase fresh goods and ‘support local’.

Our aim? – To bring the community together, celebrate local farming, and of course to grow our knowledge on sustainability. What better way to spend your Saturday than over fresh home-grown organic food and interactive learning?

Workshop Schedule:

12:00 – 1:00: Juicing for Health
1:00 – 2:00: Soil Class with @The Tender Gardener
2:00 -3:00: Build your Own Terrarium with @The Green Co.
2:30 – 3:30: Grow Your Own Herbs
3:30 – 5:00: Farm to Table Workshop
5:00-6:00: Yoghurt Making Workshop

So what are you waiting for?

There’s something for everyone, so bring your whole family down and join us on 25th August at the Hive Lavender. Get your tickets here!

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Tickets sold are non-refundable.

11 July: Green Jobs Symposium @CleanEnviro Summit Singapore 2018

Here’s an event to look forward to next week – the Green Jobs Symposium @CleanEnviro Summit Singapore 2018. The Green Jobs Symposium is organised by NEA and Young NTUC, more details below.

Join us at Green Jobs Symposium @ CESS 2018 to get a preview from industry leaders and environmental experts about the clean environment solutions of tomorrow’s cities and discover new career opportunities that arise. Be inspired by speakers who carved out a notable career in the sector, find out how and why.

Keynote speaker:
Dr Marcus Gover, Chief Executive Officer of Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP)

Details
Date: 11 Jul 2018, Wednesday
Time: 1:30PM – 3:30PM
Venue: Sands Expo & Convention Centre Level 4, Marina Bay Sands
Attire: Smart Casual
Fee: Free
URL: www.yntuc.sg/gjscess

About the Keynote Speaker
Dr Marcus Gover has worked in the environment sector for over 25 years and is currently Chief Executive Officer of Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) in the UK.

WRAP is a not-for profit organisation working with governments, businesses and citizens to create a world in which resources are used sustainably. Its experts generate evidence-based solutions to protect the environment, build stronger economies and support more sustainable societies. WRAP’s impact spans the entire life-cycle of the food we eat, the clothes we wear and the products we buy, from production to consumption and beyond.

Marcus has a degree in chemical engineering and a PhD in combustion from Imperial College, London. After an initially technical career, he studied for an Executive MBA at Cranfield School of Management before taking on more senior management roles. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and a Corporate Member of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management.

Now Crowdfunding and 85% Funded: Local, Sustainable Fashion Space, The Fashion Pulpit

For those who are familiar with the sustainable fashion space, you would know Raye Padit. He is the co-founder of Connected Threads Asia, which runs the annual Fashion Revolution event in Singapore, and co-founded the popular Swapaholic, a regular clothes swapping event. His latest venture is a permanant space at Liang Court which offers not just swapping but mending and upcycling services, and it is called The Fashion Pulpit.

A crowdfunding campaign was launched in June, and at this point in time, the team has hit 85% of their target goal and there are three days left in this all or nothing campaign. Wish to lend your support? There are several tiers of rewards to choose from, and you can back the campaign here.

In their words, The Fashion Pulpit will be “A permanent swapping fashion space! One location, swap anytime, bring everyone. Not only will you be able to swap from the best selection of pre-loved fashion pieces, you can now upcycle and learn fashion tricks all at one place! We aim to provide convenience and flexibility on however and whenever you want to help us create a purpose-driven economy around sustainable fashion and conscious consumerism. The Fashion Pulpit will also be the very first of its kind in Singapore.”

If this is a cause that speaks to you, or if you know of someone who would be keen, please consider contributing and/or spreading the word :)

Hear About Low Impact Living at Green Drinks SG x The Green Collective SG Relaunch Party

Come celebrate the extension of The Green Collective SG’s lease at OneKM and hear from our speakers on their low impact lifestyles! Everyone is invited to the party where you can meet The Green Collective’s vendors, old and new. Learn how to start your conscious living journey in a talk led by our guest speakers Khee Shihui of Tabaogirl, and Maria Tan of @mariaubergine!

Both speakers will share their experiences and their journeys so far, and do a show and tell of their eco habits. Shihui, will show us how she avoids single use take out disposables and will bring her “Tabaogirl” kit, while Maria will show us how she has a zero waste home, including homemade and everyday zero waste products.

For this event we would encourage you to bring your own cup and if you like, beverages.

Should you have any preloved clothing that is in good condition or unexpired canned food you would like to give away, there are collection points that have been set up by Green Square Textile Recycling, and Food Bank Singapore.

Join us!

Date: 5 July 2018 (Thursday)
Time: 7pm – 9.30pm
Venue: The Green Collective,  #01-26/27 OneKM Mall, 11 Tanjong Katong Road
Admission: Free
RSVP: Register here!

See you there!

About Our Speakers

Khee Shihui
Khee Shihui is working towards a low environmental impact life. In May 2017, after The Telegraph reported about the irreparable damage done to the Great Barrier Reef due to global warming and human practices, she decided to change her habits instead of just agonising over the environmental degradation of urban life, e.g. prevalence of single use disposables, fast fashion, commercial agriculture or livestock farming. She shares her stories about greener living at @tabaogirl on Instagram, and hopes to encourage everyone that each of us can contribute towards bringing the restoration and renewal we hope to see for Earth.

Maria Tan
Hi everyone! My name is Maria and I’m an aspiring zero-waster. After seeing single-use plastics destroying the natural environment during one of my camping experiences, I knew I had to do something. I started documenting my journey to a minimal waste lifestyle on my Instagram page (@mariaubergine) and was pleasantly surprised to find many keen individuals curious about reducing waste in Singapore. Aside from answering people’s burning questions on all those zero-waste failures and successes, I spend the rest of my free time working on projects (my latest being @backtogroundzero) to raise awareness on the effects of plastic pollution and how we can all lead more sustainable lifestyles. On the weekends, you can often find me at the park doing yoga, pigging out at vegan potlucks, or scavenging for gems at thrift stores.