25 November 2019: Today is White Monday

White Monday has officially started. What is it?

The organisers, Sammie Ng and Qiyun Woo have shared the following note, do participate in the global movement if you can!:

Thank you for your support and interest in joining us in our first White Monday campaign on the 25th of November in Singapore – yup that’s the coming Monday!!

On WM, we hope to get individuals, organizations and businesses to pledge their non-participation in Black Friday, and to also share or promote alternatives. This campaign is not an “anti-” campaign, but to call consumers to rethink consumption and to embrace alternative ways of consumption.

To take part in the campaign, it’s just a few simple things! Check out these details on how to participate! 

As this movement is still very new in Singapore, we hope that our participation this year can spark conversation here. We hope to get to make this movement gain momentum in Singapore and your support will help bring attention to circular consumption to make it more mainstream.

Zero Waste SG Fundraiser: Trivia Night 2019

Zero Waste SG is raising funds through a trivia night on 21st November 2019 (Thursday), 7pm -10.30 pm@Singapore Sustainability Academy (SSA), CitySquare Mall.

Highlights include:

  • Silent and Live Auction
  • Free flow food and drinks (both alcoholic and non)
  • A chance to show off your trivia night skills!

Be the first to know about ZWSG’s upcoming projects, and be there when ZWSG’s unveils its new Brand Identity for 2020.

For more information, visit http://bit.ly/zwsgtrivianightinfo

Sign up at http://bit.ly/zwsgtrivianight

Secondsguru’s Zero Waste Bootcamp#4 – Dec 7 , 2019 | 9am to 5PM

Do you want to be a changemaker and a role model in your community? Join the Zero Waste Bootcamp organised by secondsguru. Targeted at 18-30 yr old youth from Singapore, this immersive workshop will help you design and roll-out an action plan to better our city. Bookmark December 7 (Saturday) and sign up here!

Secondsguru is a social enterprise that focuses on environmental education. This is their 4th bootcamp this year towards zero waste in Singapore.

The four-series Zero Waste Bootcamps (ZWB) are targeted at youth (18-30 year olds) in Singapore. Aligned with the national theme “towards zero waste” in 2019, three sets of bootcamps have been organised so far.

-The first ZWB session was held on Mar 2, 2019 in conjunction with CDL’s EcoBank. It’s follow-up was concluded on May 4, 2019. Witness the energy from the first ZWB session here and the follow up here.

-The second ZWB session was held on June 1, 2019. The follow-up was held on August 24th, 2019. See pictures from the second ZWB here and the follow up session here.

-The third ZWB session was held on August 31, 2019. The follow-up session will be held on Friday, November 29, 2019. See the teams in action at the 3rd session here.

At every review session, the teams do a pitch presentation with the details of their community project. One team is declared the winner of a SG$ 500 grant and awarded eco-gifts from partners.

To recap, here’s how the bootcamp works: Participants attend a 1-day workshop which includes immersive group work. They are facilitated to self-create a team plan  – the aim being to guide their communities to embrace ‘zero waste lifestyles’.

But that’s not how it ends; We are designing this bootcamp to lead to real outcomes, and not just knowledge. 8-10 weeks later, all participants will be invited to share how their group plan fared – what was their experience, and what kind of impact were they able to create. On this basis, one of the groups will be declared winner -they will be awarded an eco gift hamper, a grant and of course get recognition on the Secondsguru platform.

For more details please see here. Registrations close on Nov 29, so be sure to sign up by then!

Secondsguru is a young social enterprise [registered with raiSE Singapore] on a mission to promote eco-awareness. It runs educational talks & workshops, organizes community outreach and publishes resources on Secondsguru.com.  With the motto “Green Living. Made Easy.”, it focuses on solutions that make sustainable living a fun, creative and practical goal for all.

Jane Goodall is back in Singapore this month

Dr Jane Goodall is coming back to Singapore this month, more details below.

This November, Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and United Nations Messenger of Peace will be visiting Singapore! From the 26 to 28 November 2019, we have a series of activities lined up for you, and sign up links are ready!

Academic Conference – 26 November 2019
8.15AM to 5.15PM, Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre, Cassia Room

Firstly, we have the “Human-wildlife Coexistence in Asia Conference: Conflicts and Mitigations”, an academic conference where we have invited Dr. Goodall and a panel of six distinguished speakers to speak about their experiences and work. Audience members can participate and discuss important conservation topics with some of the most prolific experts and researchers in the environmental field.

Tickets available here

Gala dinner – 26 November
5.30PM to 9.30PM, Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel

Next, we have “An evening with Dr. Jane Goodall: Action for Conservation”, a gala dinner for existing and potential donors to come and mingle. It will be a rare and meaningful opportunity to show support in JGIS’ efforts in conservation and education.

Tickets available here

Public lecture – 28 November
6.30PM to 9PM, University Cultural Centre, National University of Singapore

Lastly, we have “Living in Harmony with Nature & Wildlife: A dialogue with Dr. Jane Goodall”. This event is a public lecture that aims to bring people and Dr. Goodall together to hear about and discuss the most important environmental issues in the world today. Join us for an inspiring and interactive session with one of the world’s most valued conservationists.

Tickets available here

21 September, 3pm – 6pm: SG Climate Rally

The much talked about SG Climate Rally takes place at Hong Lim Park next Saturday, 21 September, more details below.

Imagine Singapore’s future. What do you see?

Do you see rising temperatures? Do you see the environment around you changing, more people getting unwell? Do you see a Singapore with insufficient food and clean water?

Nobody wants that Singapore but if we don’t change things now, that might just be our future. There is time to change things. But to do that, we must take bolder and more structural steps in this fight against the climate crisis. Civil society, ordinary Singaporeans, YOU, can play a part in ensuring Singapore’s security by requesting that our political and economic systems do more.

Where do you start?
On September 21st 2019 (Saturday), from 3pm to 6pm, we will be holding a rally at Hong Lim Park. We aim to bring together all who care about the climate crisis in recognition that this is a political issue.

Event details:
The approximately 3-hour programme will feature face-painting and postcard-writing sessions, diverse speakers, a die-in and civic engagement/community activities, before concluding with a solidarity picnic that all are welcome to join.

Bring your loved ones, your families, your children, bring all your other furry and non-furry friends too– this is for everyone!

Due to restrictions surrounding the use of Hong Lim Park, we regret that this event is open to Singaporeans and PRs only.

Date and Time: 21st September 2019, 3pm to 6pm,
Location: Hong Lim Park, Upper Pickering Street, Singapore 058284

Singapore Climate Rally is committed to being accessible for and inclusive to all persons. More information on available access accommodations will be released soon, along with a list of FAQ’s. In the meantime, do feel free to message us on FB messenger or to reach out to us at sg.climaterally@gmail.com for enquiries or additional access support.

This rally aims to be a space of empowerment, and to be a bold expression to the government that the climate crisis is not a total defence drill.

SG Climate Rally is made up of a group of individuals in Singapore who are concerned about climate change and who care deeply for our Singapore.

We aim to rally those who call Singapore home, through collective action and capacity building, to demand that our government take bold systemic action to mitigate the climate crisis.

17-19 October: Next Leaders’ Asia Summit 2019

NELIS (Next Leaders’ Initiative for Sustainability) has organised Next Leader’ Asia Summit 2019 for 17-19 October, attendance is free. Please find out more below.

The Summit will run over three days, consisting of fireside chats, closed door leadership sessions, and open sessions, on a wide aspect of sustainability and leadership topics. This year’s theme is ‘How to build young leaders to tackle sustainability challenges entrepreneurially?’

This gathering of minds is for the participants to learn and share on the latest of sustainability trends, on the skills needed to lead ground-breaking sustainability projects, and to make new connections to collaborate with one another to start-up initiatives to impact local realities.

It is also about activating the often dormant leadership potential of talented young academics into utilizing their intellectual capabilities for positive impact in their immediate surroundings. It is about giving them their tools of skills upgrading, technology, context and mindset to think entrepreneurially.

To find out more, visit https://www.nelisglobal.org/asia-summit-2019

NELIS, or Next Leaders’ Initiative for Sustainability, is a global network of young leaders working on solutions for sustainability from around the globe. Originating in Japan and active in six continents, we will bring the global NELIS network to Singapore in the NELIS Asia Summit

Who should attend?
University students, young business professionals, and all other young leaders concerned about the major challenges threatening the livelihoods of people around the world and the vitality of social and natural systems.

No-show Fee:
Organising a summit comes with expenses. We’ve strived to make attendance free of charge. We’d love those who register to indeed join us. Should you need to cancel, please let us know in advance, latest 48 hours, so we can give the seat to someone else. By registering you accept a no-show fee of $147/day registered.