Green Drinks: Shifting Towards a Haze-Free Society

This month we look at the #sghaze issue. Our speaker and panellists recap what has happened to date, and update you on what they are working on, and what we can do as citizens.

Tan Yihan of PM.Haze kicks off the night with a talk on what their organisation is doing about the haze. This is followed by a panel discussion with him, Kavickumar Muruganathan of Singapore Environment Council (SEC) Cheong Poh Kwan of Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), and Karen Sim of WWF Singapore.

Big thanks to Young NTUC, who have helped us secure this venue.

Join us!

Details
Date: 30 July (Thursday)
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Venue: NTUC Building, Room 801 (8th floor), One Marina Boulevard. Please take the glass lifts outside the building
RSVP: Via Facebook or email greendrinkssingapore@gmail.com
Admission is free

How to get there: If taking the MRT, stop at Raffles Place MRT and take exit J. Buses that service the area include – 10, 70, 97, 100, 107, 130, 131, 162, 196

About Tan Yihan
Tan Yi Han, 30, is co-founder of People’s Movement to Stop Haze (PM.Haze). Tan Yi Han is a financial consultant by day, but is an avid eco-warrior 24/7. Tan leads a team of about 20 people from all walks of life – students, researchers, teachers and professionals, who are just as passionate as him about putting an end to the haze.

An engineering graduate, Tan Yi Han deviated from his usual line of studies due to his desire to actively engage people rather than come up with technical means to solve environmental problems. He subsequently became actively involved at ECO Singapore for two and a half years. Frustrated by the recurring haze and the blame game that occurred, Tan Yi Han went to Indonesia in 2013 to see and experience the problem for himself.

It was in February 2014, where he gathered together like-minded people to start discussing the tentative steps towards stopping haze and eventually formed PM.Haze.

When he is not fighting for greater awareness of haze solutions, Yi Han enjoys travelling to remote places to experience and appreciate a simpler way of life with the locals.

About PM.Haze
People’s Movement to Stop Haze(PM.Haze) is a movement initiated in February 2014 by a group of ordinary people in Singapore because we believe that everyone can make a difference in stopping the haze.

Our vision is a world where everyone feels responsible for the clean air we all enjoy.

Our mission is to empower people in Singapore with the knowledge, values and means to be drivers of global action to stop haze.

Knowledge: Awareness of our role in the haze issue through our consumption and investment choices, particularly with regards to palm oil, paper and wood.

Values: Appreciation of clean air and a sense of personal responsibility towards the environment, society and our future generations.

Means: Information and tools to facilitate individual consumption and investment choices, as well as a platform for influencing others

About Kavickumar Muruganathan
Kavickumar Muruganathan heads the eco-certification team in the Singapore Environment Council, where he assesses and administers the Singapore Green Labelling Scheme, the region’s oldest and most recognised eco-label.

An expert in carbon footprint assessment and reporting, Kavic is a member of the Singapore Standards Council Technical Committees & Working Group for Paints & Surface Coatings, Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Management, and Environmental Management System. He was also invited in 2013 to be a member of the Environment Standards Committee working group to define terminologies for waste management.

Armed with an Honours degree in Environmental Engineering from the National University of Singapore, Kavic’s professional credentials include that of a National Environment Agency-certified Environmental Control Officer, an ISO 14001 & ISO 18001 Lead Auditor and an approved HazMat expert.

In 2014, he was invited to be a Building Construction Authority Green Mark Version 5 Building Material and Product Taskforce Member.

Kavic is also currently pursuing his Masters in Environmental Management at the National University of Singapore.

About SEC
Established in 1995, the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) is an independently managed, non-profit and non-government organisation (NGO). We influence thinking on sustainability issues and coordinate environmental efforts in Singapore. We are also an approved charity and offer tax exemption to donors.

SEC continuously engages all sectors of the community by formulating and executing a range of holistic programmes, such as the Singapore Environmental Achievement Awards, Asian Environmental Journalism Awards, School Green Awards, Green Champions, Singapore Green Labelling Scheme, Project: Eco-Office, Project: Eco-Shop and Project: F&B. In addition, we build a pool of committed volunteers under our Earth Helpers programme.

The SEC has also incorporated a new Training & Education arm to provide the people, public and private sectors with the opportunity to develop awareness, knowledge, skills and tools in order to protect and improve our environment for a sustainable future.

Strong partnerships with corporations, government agencies and other NGOs are valued by us. These partnerships are vital for sustaining our programmes, leading to positive action and change. Over the years, SEC has given strength and direction to the environmental movement in Singapore.

About Cheong Poh Kwan
Cheong Poh Kwan is Assistant Director for the Sustainability Programme in the Singapore Institute of International Affairs.

She is part of the team that studies the issue of transboundary haze and drives engagement with stakeholders from governments, corporates, NGOs, academia and the media in Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. She has organised the Singapore Dialogue on Sustainable World Resources, haze roundtable, haze exhibition and contributed to the launch of the Haze Tracker website.

Her commentaries on the issue have been published by news outlets including TODAY and The Nation.

About SIIA
The Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) is an independent organization dedicated to the research, analysis and discussion of regional and international issues. We aim to make Singapore a more cosmopolitan and global society through research, policy work and public education on international affairs. Founded in 1961 and registered as a membership-based society, we are Singapore’s oldest think tank.

About Karen Sim
Karen is the Conservation Resource Manager at WWF Singapore, part of the new Conservation Resource Unit set up within the organisation to link up the conservation projects in the WWF network and WWF Singapore’s campaigns. She is responsible for developing conservation strategies in key topics for WWF Singapore.

Before joining WWF Singapore, Karen lived in Switzerland where she spent a number of years in the non-profit sector, first with the World Economic Forum as the Community Manager for Asia Pacific and then leaving to pursue her passion in conservation with WWF International’s Tiger’s Alive Initiative. She also worked at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), where she managed projects in sustainability. In Singapore, Karen has experience in the public sector having worked for the Ministry of Defence and the Singapore Economic Development Board.

Nature conservation is very much more than a job to her. In her leisure, she enjoys catching up on (even more) environmental news as well as going on nature walks and events. Otherwise, she enjoys growing her own green food, doing a variety of sports, and contributes articles to a conservation careers website.

She has a Masters Degree from Kings College, London in War studies, and is a closet military history buff.

About WWF
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is one of the world’s largest and most experienced independent conservation organisations.

Established on 29 April 1961, it was the product of a deep concern held by a few eminent gentlemen who were worried by what they saw happening in our world at that time. Since then, WWF has grown up to be one of the largest environmental organisations in the world.

Today, we have more than 5 million supporters worldwide; and we are present in more than 100 countries to conserve and protect our natural environment.

Gland, Switzerland is the home of WWF International, the secretariat for WWF’s global organisation. Its role is to lead and coordinate the WWF Network of offices around the world, through developing policies and priorities, fostering global partnerships, coordinating international campaigns, and providing supportive measures in order to help make the global operation run as smoothly as it can.

WWF is governed by a Board of Trustees under an International President, Yolanda Kakabadse. Our President Emeritus is HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

Image courtesy of Ferina Natasya Aziz.

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