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!

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.

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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