20th – 22nd Nov: Singapore Eco Film Festival 2020!

The Singapore Eco Film Festival (SGEFF) is back this year with a virtual edition. They will be hosting three days of festivities from 20th – 22nd November that include films, workshops, panels, Q&A with filmmakers & wellness sessions.

The list of films include Kiss the Ground, River Blue, Saving the Dark, Mana, Fair Traders, Ark, Golden Fish, African Fish and short films. A one-night-only special screening of KISS THE GROUND on November 19th will mark the beginning of 3 days of activities and festivities. The other films will be available for streaming with free registration during the whole week.

The activities are powered by our volunteers and community partners and completely free to the public with registration. The session links will be available closer to the date. We are still adding events to the schedule, so check back soon! Our Opening Night film/Q&A and Live Zoom events require registration in order to access the sessions. The rest of the session links will be posted here the day of the event.  

Look out for our IG Live sessions happening on the @sgeffest Instagram. There’s even a safari tour! Also, check out our daily morning meditation and evening children’s storytelling. 

For more information, please see here.

Green Drinks (Singapore) Cofounder, Olivia Choong, will be one of the participants in the webinar Wild, Wicked, Wise – Women For the Planet, which is a conversation between women in the environmental sector. Other participants include Roopali Raghavan (Wildlife Reserves Singapore), Naomi Clark-Shen (Shark Expert, Writer), Kathy Xu (The Dorsal Effect), Shannon Consentino-Roush (Finless), Dr. Tracie Seimon (Wildlife Conservation Society, Bronx Zoo), Stephanie Arrowsmith (Second Muse), Dr. Pelf Nyok Chen (Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia) & Dr Adeline Seah. Join in the conversation and sign up here! You may submit questions for the panelists in advance here.

Beginning Nov 21: Secondsguru Zero Waste Bootcamp#5

Are you looking to be an agent of change towards a more #sustainableSingapore? Join the 5th #ZeroWasteBootcamp (ZWB) by Secondsguru where you not only learn about Singapore’s waste-scape, but also work in teams of 3-4 towards solutions in the community via a 12-16 week project! All projects benefit local not-for-profits, address an eco challenge and benefit the community in Singapore.

Sign up at bit.ly/zwb5form if you are: 

👉 A resident of Singapore
👉 Between 18-35 yrs old
👉 A team player who is keen to volunteer a few hours per week for 12-16 weeks.

Secondsguru is a #socialenterprise that focuses on environmental education. This is their 5th bootcamp focussed at youth in Singapore.

Zero Waste Bootcamp
A flagship outreach by Secondsguru, the Zero Waste Bootcamps began in 2019, and 4 ZWBs have taken place thus far. Our cohorts have included working professionals as well as college students. In all, over 80 participants signed up in 2019, and joined/organised 30 community events. They established over 50 collaborations with local eco groups, eco businesses, community centres and corporates. Via these events, the bootcamp had a cascading impact as they connected with and had conversations with nearly 1500 individuals.

In line with the Covid situation, the Nov 2020 Bootcamp will include virtual as well as face-to face elements. The 1-day launch session is slated for 21 Nov, 2020 and projects will be allocated to groups on the same day. Over the next 12-16 weeks – all groups will work on their projects.

15 September: What’s the fuss with E-waste?

The Singapore Youth for Climate Action have organised an event on e-waste, where they will discuss the issue but also launch an e-waste guide. More details below!

As we move towards a fast-paced digitalised world, we are bound to use more gizmos and gadgets. Currently, each person in Singapore generates up to 11kg of electronic waste per year!

How can people in the lion city best manage the electronic waste it generates? What are the ways to maximise the benefit of e-waste management while reducing negative environmental impact?

On behalf of the Singapore Youth for Climate Action (SYCA) team, our team would like to extend our invitation to be a part of an upcoming event called “What’s the Fuss with E-waste”. SYCA has long been an advocate of responsible waste management and to further our commitment we have created a guide for the disposal of e-waste in Singapore.

We are excited to launch our E-waste guide at the event! We also have industry experts talk about the challenges and opportunities related to the management of e-waste and how they approach it.

Join us as we converse with industry experts and publish a guide about e-waste management in Singapore!

Date: 15 September 2020
Time: 7pm – 8.30pm
RSVP: singaporeyouthforclimateaction@gmail.com

Program outline:

  • Introduction to the Topic of E-Waste and Welcome remarks
  • Launch of the SYCA Guide
  • Introduction topic to the panel of industry experts
  • Panel Sharing
  • Question and Answer
  • Closing remarks and statements

For more information about the event, please email us at singaporeyouthforclimateaction@gmail.com or reach out to us on our social media accounts as follows:
SYCA Facebook: @sgyouthclimateaction
SYCA Twitter: @syclimateaction

28 March: Earth Hour 2020 – Live & Unplugged

Earth Hour is back again, and this time you will be able to watch it on YouTube wherever you may be at that time. Please take care and may you all be healthy and well.

Earth Hour brings together people globally to act for nature and climate. Every year, we will countdown together across 180 countries and territories around the world to do one iconic thing: switch off the lights.

It’s not about doing it to “save electricity”. It is a symbol of unity. A symbol of hope. A symbol of power in collective action.

For the first time, Singapore’s Earth Hour event will take the form of a globally accessible digital live stream this year.

Taking place on 28th March from 5.30 – 8.30pm SGT, Earth Hour 2020 – Live & Unplugged is a three-hour digital event of live music by prominent artistes and unscripted conversations with leading environmental changemakers on the exigency of the current planetary emergency. The live event will culminate in a symbolic lights-out at 8.30pm local time.

RSVP here and catch the livestream on the Earth Hour website on 28 March!

While you are there, please take some time out to personalise and sign off on an Open Letter to Singapore. Green Drinks (Singapore) is one of the local environmental organisations that are backing this initiative, which rallies Singaporeans to safeguard Singapore’s future by calling for improved environmental policies and business practices nationwide.

Nature and the food security, clean air, water sources and good health it provides us are at risk.

2020 is the year for governments to take action to make sure our future here in Singapore and on this planet is secure.

Add your voice to an open letter that we will use to push Singapore’s decision makers to make tough decisions that protect your future.

Let’s make a date to watch Earth Hour on Saturday!

Images provided by WWF

SDG City Challenge 2019

CDL partners ActiveSG, SportCares, Health Promotion Board, the Building and Construction Authority and other like-minded partners to promote a green, active and healthy lifestyle in a highly urbanised city like Singapore. They wish to raise awareness of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals that complement the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint and Green Building Masterplan.

This year, to be more inclusive, they are adding a special non-competitive ‘Fun Race’ category for families with young kids, the less abled and active senior citizens to participate. There will also be a carnival showcasing healthy and sustainable lifestyle activities and products that will run till 6.00pm at South Beach.

The SDG City Challenge will offer a host of exciting activities, including a 800m walk/jog and a 34-storey vertical climb at the South Beach Office Tower, BCA Green Mark Platinum building. A fun-filled treasure hunt, perfect for team and family-bonding, will be held at City Square Mall, Singapore’s first eco-mall.

More details here.

Youth for Climate Fest 2019

Initiated by City Developments Limited (CDL), the Youth4Climate Festival aims to provide Singapore’s youth with a platform to express their passion for the environment and wishes for a greener future.

In partnership with NParks and NEA, CDL presented the inaugural Y4C Concert 2018 to wrap up the year of activities promoting climate action. Held at the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Youth4Climate Concert 2018 provided a platform for youths to celebrate climate action through their voices and performances over two evenings. The concert served as an avenue for young green advocates to showcase a diverse line-up of dance, song and instrumental performances to galvanise likeminded individuals to step up and work together for a sustainable future.

This year, Youth4Climate returns as part of a more vibrant Youth4Climate Festival 2019, from 20 to 21 July 2019 , with an exciting line up of activities.

More details here.