Singapore’s Food System: Security x Waste

Wish to hear about Singapore’s food security, food insecurity and food waste? How big are these issues? Join us as we discuss our food system, its gaps and opportunities.

In this session organised by Green Drinks and Foodscape Collective, learn about what is truly happening on the ground from these panellists:

– Huiying Ng, Foodscape Collective (Moderator)
– Manda Foo, Co-author of Food Matters, Founder of Bollywood Adventures
– Bjorn Low, Edible Garden City
– Daniel Yap – Food retailer
– Daniel Tay, SG Food Rescue
– Abhishek Bajaj, from a charity working with the low income community
– A representative, Eco-Wiz

Ask them any burning questions relating to the perspective of the food grower, rescuer, recycler and social worker. We want this to be an interactive, open discussion with the audience, so ask away!

Admission is Free. A big thanks to The Hive Lavender for making this possible!

Date: 7 Nov 2017 (Wednesday)
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Venue: The Hive Lavender, 1 Kallang Junction, Level 6 of Vanguard Campus
Admission: Free (contributions to society accepted)
RSVP: Via Peatix

This is going to be a really good session, so tell your friends! See you there!

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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

Fashion Revolution x Green Drinks: Making Fashion Circular

For this month’s Green Drinks, we are collaborating with Fashion Revolution Singapore!

In this upcoming panel discussion, we ask ‘Can fashion be circular?’

Singapore throws out 1 tonne of textile waste every 5 minutes. 92% is incinerated and there’s no textile recycling plant here. How do we rethink the fashion industry as consumers, and what is the role of fashion designers in saving our planet?

Fashion Revolution and Green Drinks are pleased to present this exciting panel, moderated by Rajesh Chhabara, sustainability professor at TaFtc and a sustainability consultant:
– Nadya Hutagalung, UN Environment and Great Apes Survival Partnership Ambassador
– Nejla Matam-Finn, CEO and Founder of The Fifth Collection
– Jaimie Lim, Director of Waste2Wear Singapore
– Vincent Ooi, Founder of The Source Collection

Hear what these industry professionals have to say and meet likeminded individuals who care for a circular economy for the fashion industry :)

Date: 28 April 2018
Time: 5pm – 6pm
Venue: The Hive Lavender, Level 6, Vanguard Building, 1 Kallang Junction
Admission Fee: FREE!
RSVP: Reserve your spot here! See you there!

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Feeding the 5000 Singapore

Feeding the 5000 Singapore is a community food festival that aims to raise awareness on the 791,000 tonnes of food that are annually going to waste in Singapore. On March 25 at City Square Mall, Gone Adventurin and partners will provide a free meal for 5000 members of the public, made entirely from top quality ingredients that would otherwise have gone to waste.

The internationally renowned Feeding the 5000 events have taken place in over 40 locations around the world since the very first edition in London in 2009 and is now coming to Asia for the first time! Together with our partnering organisations Food Bank Singapore, Food from the Heart, Free Food For All and Insectta Farm, we’re aiming to start a national movement of food waste in Singapore and encourage retailers and supermarkets to do their part to reduce food waste by regularly donating surplus food to people in need.

It’s a party to celebrate the delicious solutions to food waste, so there will be food personalities, chef demonstrations, local celebrities, food waste activities, live music, community talks and more!

Let’s start the national movement on reducing food waste together!

Date: Sunday March 25, 2018
Time: 11 AM – 3 PM
Venue: City Square Mall, B1 fountain square and L1 outside square
Website: http://www.goneadventurin.com/feedingthe5000singapore/
Registration: Free access. RSVP here!

Scaling Antarctica’s Vertical Limits

An all-female team sets out in search of new routes and peaks in one of the most inhospitable places on earth

By CHRISTINE AMOUR-LEVAR

Goaded by a mighty tailwind the massive Ilyushin IL-76 TD aircraft hurtles southwards at a velocity approaching 495 mph (800 km/h). The Drake Passage below sparkles to a far horizon as we make our way westward from Punta Arenas in Chile, to the Antarctic Peninsula and finally to Union Glacier, a private base operated by Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions (ALE), located in the Heritage Range, below the Ellsworth Mountains.

After about four and a half hours in the air, we prepare to land on the Blue Ice Runway, a rare and naturally occurring ice strip as hard as concrete that is solid enough to support the weight of this monstrous Soviet military aircraft. This kind of ice is so dense—so devoid of air bubbles—that it absorbs long-wavelength light, which is why it appears mesmerizingly blue. It’s -15 degrees Celsius as we get off the plane and take our first steps on Antarctica.

The vast ocean of white unfolding before my eyes is simply magnificent. I look up to see the sun ablaze in the blue polar sky while the fierce wind makes me literally moonwalk on the frozen runway as I try to move from the plane to the four-wheel drive waiting to take us to the main camp.

“January is the heart of summer in Antarctica,” we’re told by one of the ALE staff, “It’s the best time to visit, because the weather is the least hostile.” Indeed, man has never permanently inhabited this remote landmass. Accessible only during its warmest months, from November to March, it has no metropolis or village to speak of, no habitat except perhaps the odd expedition shed or research station. It’s all just massive, desolate, glacial emptiness and bone-chilling temperatures that can range anywhere from -10°C to -80°C during the colder months.

Our all-female team arrives at Union Glacier Camp and, after a quick tour of the facilities, we get assigned to the dual occupancy “clam” tents. Most of us are based in equatorial Singapore, and it has taken us close to 48 hours to get here. No wonder settling in feels good, and the tents are surprisingly comfortable to live in. They are double-walled and designed to withstand polar conditions with a high-tech nylon covering and durable aluminium frame. The large “doors” and a tall interior allow us to stand upright and move around easily as we sort out our gear.

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Earth Film Festival: Singapore’s first crowd-based sustainability film festival

Earth Fest organisers are running the Earth Film Festival from Earth Day, April 22 2016, onwards and you can participate by hosting your own screening with friends and family at no cost. The Earth Film Festival is a crowd-based film festival, meaning hosts own a copy of the film afterwards, and it can be screened again with other friends and family members.

The Earth Film Festival involves collaborations with local sustainability organisations and will feature sustainability-related documentaries picked by the following organisations: Connected Threads Asia, People’s Movement to Stop Haze (PM Haze), Vegetarian Society (Singapore), Zero Waste (Singapore) and Animal Concerns Research & Education Society (ACRES).

The first Earth Film Festival screenings happen on and around Earth Day (April 22, 2016).  Hosts can register their preferred film and screening dates at http://earthfestsingapore.com.  

Take your pick from the following documentaries, and direct your enquiries to Michael Broadhead at hello@earthfestsingapore.com or 9731-4600.