17 May: For the Love of Asiatic Lions — 30 Years of Experience in India

Singapore Wildcat Action Group has organised a talk for this Friday, more details below!

For the Love of Asiatic Lions — 30 years of Experience in India

When people think of Indian wildlife, images of tigers, leopards and elephants tend to dominate their minds. It is pretty rare for them to relate to the fact that India hosts a thriving but endangered population of Asiatic lions Panthera leo persica, the last surviving population of wild lions in Asia.

Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary located in Saurashtra peninsula of the western Indian state of Gujarat and its surrounding largely human-dominated landscapes are currently home to reportedly 600 to 800 lions. More than 50% of this population is outside the protected areas, living and interacting with people and their livestock on a regular basis.

The story of the Asiatic lions over the last 200 years or so is one of varying fortunes. The lions had a close brush with extinction in the late 1800s and early 1900s and their population has since recovered remarkably. Even success needs to be effectively managed for it to endure and the current challenges largely relate to this aspect of wildlife management, conservation planning and action.

Principles of conservation science and prudence dictate that all members of an endangered species are not restricted to one location which is akin to having all your eggs in one basket, a high-risk scenario. Ravi’s doctoral research and subsequent work have focussed on planning and implementing the translocation of lions to establish a geographically separated additional free-ranging population of lions to mitigate conservation risks and safeguard against any catastrophe.

In this richly illustrated talk, Ravi will trace the conservation history of lions, describe their current status, talk about the priority conservation actions which are needed, describe their ecology and refer to his personal experiences since 1985 in what has been a fantastic but often frustrating journey.

Date: 17 May 2019
Time: 7.00 – 8.30 p.m.
Venue: Singapore Sustainability Academy, #06-10 City Square Mall (Sky Park), 180 Kitchener Road, S208359
Admission: Free
RSVP: https://wildcatsoftheworld2.peatix.com/

Light vegetarian refreshments will be served after the talk.

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1 June: Zero Waste Bootcamp #2 By Secondsguru

Secondsguru have organised a bootcamp for 1 June, more details below.

Are you looking to be an agent of change towards a lower-waste Singapore? Join our Zero Waste Bootcamp where you not only learn about Singapore’s waste-scape, but also work towards solutions in our communities! Our first Bootcamp in March 2019 saw great results – with the winning team Food Fighters SG winning a grant to take their agenda forward. See pictures for the First Bootcamp on March 2, 2019 here and the follow up on May 4, 2019, session here.

Be a Green Ambassador
While SG (the country) focuses on #yearofzerowaste, SG (we at Secondsguru) are taking matters into our hands. We are organizing a series of Zero Waste Bootcamps so you can be a change-maker and move your community towards this goal too.

What is this bootcamp?
This bootcamp is an accelerated course in ways to lead a zero waste lifestyle. You get to discuss and collaborate with fellow participants and create an actionable plan to roll out in you community. After 2 months of roll out, you present your results and learning – best execution gets a grant and other eco-prizes!

Why you should join us?
– Support from organisers to kick-start your own community initiative
– Meet other talented youth in Singapore
– A Green Ambassador certificate for all
– A Zero-waste toolkit for all
– A grant for the best idea and execution

Eligibility
1. Only for Singapore citizens and permanent residents
2. Age range 18-30 yrs old

Have more questions? Email us on bootcamp@secondsguru.com if you are really keen. Spaces are limited and we have a lot of interest, so do hurry up!

Survey: Let’s turn the tide against plastic bags!

Zero Waste SG needs your help in an upcoming pre-campaign survey.

Zero Waste SG is planning a new campaign to encourage consumers to bring their own bags when grocery shopping at supermarkets, and reduce the excessive amount of plastic bags taken.

The survey is to observe and record the number of consumers who used plastic bags or brought their own reusable bags. The results will help them evaluate the effectiveness of our upcoming campaign, happening from Jul to Oct 2019.

The survey will be held during the weekends of May and June 2019 (they need more help for Sunday evenings). The first training will be on 25th April, 7.30pm at The Red Box, Level 2, and another on 28th April, 10am. If you are interested to find out more about the campaign and help out with the survey, sign up here – https://goo.gl/forms/W3rs9QwM0jCFBlEw2.

Sign-ups close on 14 Apr 2019. After signing up, please look forward to receiving an email about their training workshop.

Thank you!

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!