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.

Green Drinks: Journey to the Arctic

On 19 July, find out about climate change in the Arctic through the eyes of Eirliani Abdul Rahman, who trained with well-known polar guides Matty McNair and Sarah McNair-Landry on the frozen Frobisher Bay in Nunavut, Arctic Canada in March 2017 and April 2018, and recently visited Spitzbergen, arctic Norway in April 2019.

Also, hear from Woon Xin Hui, who followed Robert Swan and Barney Swan on an expedition to the Arctic last month, after being one of the winners of this year’s CDL E-Generation Challenge.

Join us as Eirliani and Woon Xin Hui share with us their personal experiences of visiting the Arctic.

We would like to thank our venue sponsor, Singapore Sustainability Academy for letting us use this space.

Feel free to bring your own food and beverage/s on the evening, and stay to mingle!

Date: 19 July (Friday)
Time: 7pm-9pm
Venue: Singapore Sustainability Academy, SEAS classroom, 180 Kitchener Rd, #06-10, Singapore 208539
RSVP: https://arctic.peatix.com/

Admission is free, contributions to our society are welcome

See you there!

About Eirliani
Eirliani is Executive Director of YAKIN (Youth, Adult survivors & Kin In Need), a not-for- profit she co-founded with Assoc Prof Daniel Fung, Chairman, Medical Board of the Singapore Institute of Mental Health to help child victims and adult survivors of child sexual abuse. She
is concurrently Program Director at the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation US.

Eirliani edited Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kailash Satyarthi’s book Will for Children, a collection of essays on child labour, published in December 2016. Her book on true accounts by survivors of child sexual abuse Survivors: Breaking the Silence on Child Sexual Abuse was published by Marshall Cavendish in November 2017. It is now in its second print run. She also contributed a case study to the medical textbook Essentials of Global Health, co-edited by Babulal Sethia, Past President and Global Health Lead of the Royal Society of Medicine, published by Elsevier in London in August 2018. She contributed a chapter to the 2018 edition of The Birthday Book, a collection of essays written by Singapore’s youngest and brightest to commemorate the nation’s national day. She writes for the Huffington Post and the India Today Group’s DailyO on the issues of child abuse and child online safety. Eirliani has also written a feature article on child sexual abuse for the Singapore Medical Association’s newsletter.

In September 2015, the #FullStop to #childsexualabuse campaign that Eirliani led on behalf of Nobel laureate Satyarthi reached 16 million people over six weeks, winning her the 2015 BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Award. Eirliani sits on Twitter’s Trust & Safety Council and on the Community Engagement Committee of the United World Colleges. She was featured in the book Majulah! 50 Years of the Malay/Muslim Community in Singapore published in 2016. Twitter named Eirliani one of 21 influencers in Singapore. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, based in London.

Eirliani was in the Singapore Foreign Service from 2005 to 2015, serving in Berlin as First Secretary (Political), and then in Delhi as Political Counsellor. From June 2015 to November 2017, she was a member of the Advisory Council of the Global Diplomacy Lab (GDL), a platform for exploring a new and more inclusive diplomacy which goes beyond traditional politics. The patron of the GDL is the German Foreign Minister. She is also an Asian Forum on Global Governance Fellow. From 2004 to 2005 while residing in Almaty, Eirliani worked closely with Harvard Business School’s Prof Michael Porter on the Kazakhstan Competitiveness Programme.

A graduate of the London School of Economics and Warwick University, Eirliani was a recipient of the British Council Pathfinder and University of Warwick Singapore scholarships. She was featured on Singapore’s National Day on 9 August 2017 by the main broadsheet The Straits Times as one of three Singaporeans who embody the adventurous spirit. An avid rock climber and mountaineer, she used to climb in the Himalayas, and now enjoys climbing in Colorado and volcanoes in Southeast Asia. She holds a Level 3 certificate in Sport Climbing (multi pitch lead climbing) and a Level 1 Abseiling certificate from the Singapore Mountaineering Federation. She speaks English, Malay and German fluently, and has rudimentary understanding of Russian, French, Arabic, Mandarin and Hindi.

About Xin Hui
Xin Hui strives to protect our natural environment and communities most vulnerable to climate change, driven by values of justice and compassion. Realising that the environment is an incredibly multi-faceted field where solutions require cooperation and systems thinking, she is heavily involved in multiple areas of environmental protection.

Her foremost passion is conservation: she worked as a primates researcher at the Jane Goodall Institute (Singapore), studying the endemic Raffles Banded Langur and Long-Tailed Macaques, and undertook her undergraduate thesis on biodiversity conservation in Singapore. To understand both the geophysical science and policy processes in climate change, she attained her degree in Geography and Political Science at NUS while working part-time on water management and policy research at the Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

Her strong interest in climate change led her to undertake her thesis with IPCC WG2 Lead Author Winston Chow, and she was also mentored in systems modelling by founding member of the Balaton Group, Professor John Richardson. Most recently, she headed to the Arctic on an expedition with ClimateForce 2041 to learn from a diverse and international group, gleaning insights into local environmental problems and solutions, and learning about Arctic wildlife from National Geographic naturalists onboard. She loves fieldwork and long walks in the forest, and is a football player and percussionist in her free time.

23 June, 1pm: Celebrating Primates in Southeast Asia

Sorry for the late notice, please find below the details to an event by Jane Goodall Institute (Singapore) today at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

In this 7th installment of the JGIS Lecture Series, we invite two distinguished primate speakers: Camille Coudrat and Andie Ang.

Dr. Camille Coudrat is founder and director of Project Anoulak (meaning ‘conservation’ in Lao language).  This programme is dedicated to the conservation and study of wildlife in their natural habitats in Laos, specifically within the Nakai-Nam Theun National Protected Area. The Project actively involves the Laos local community in their environmental efforts, through activities such as community anti-poaching patrols, outreach, and capacity building.

Dr. Andie Ang, Chairperson of Raffles’ Banded Langur Working Group and President of Jane Goodall Institute (Singapore), will speak about our local biodiversity. Her research work and expertise spans across the ecology, behaviour, and population genetics of a few primates. She will speak about the Raffles’ Banded Langurs, as well as associated wildlife in our local natural spaces.

Join us to learn more about our speakers’ experiences and their work in conservation! Sign up here: jgis7.peatix.com

The details for the event are as follows:
Date: 23 June 2019
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Venue: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Function Hall, Level 1 Botany Centre (Tanglin Gate entrance)

Entry is free of charge and seats are limited, so register now! See you there!