17-19 October: Next Leaders’ Asia Summit 2019

NELIS (Next Leaders’ Initiative for Sustainability) has organised Next Leader’ Asia Summit 2019 for 17-19 October, attendance is free. Please find out more below.

The Summit will run over three days, consisting of fireside chats, closed door leadership sessions, and open sessions, on a wide aspect of sustainability and leadership topics. This year’s theme is ‘How to build young leaders to tackle sustainability challenges entrepreneurially?’

This gathering of minds is for the participants to learn and share on the latest of sustainability trends, on the skills needed to lead ground-breaking sustainability projects, and to make new connections to collaborate with one another to start-up initiatives to impact local realities.

It is also about activating the often dormant leadership potential of talented young academics into utilizing their intellectual capabilities for positive impact in their immediate surroundings. It is about giving them their tools of skills upgrading, technology, context and mindset to think entrepreneurially.

To find out more, visit https://www.nelisglobal.org/asia-summit-2019

About NELIS
NELIS, or Next Leaders’ Initiative for Sustainability, is a global network of young leaders working on solutions for sustainability from around the globe. Originating in Japan and active in six continents, we will bring the global NELIS network to Singapore in the NELIS Asia Summit

Who should attend?
University students, young business professionals, and all other young leaders concerned about the major challenges threatening the livelihoods of people around the world and the vitality of social and natural systems.

No-show Fee:
Organising a summit comes with expenses. We’ve strived to make attendance free of charge. We’d love those who register to indeed join us. Should you need to cancel, please let us know in advance, latest 48 hours, so we can give the seat to someone else. By registering you accept a no-show fee of $147/day registered.

Secondsguru Zero Waste Bootcamp – August 31

Do you want to be a changemaker and a role model in your community? Join the #ZeroWasteBootcamp organised by @secondsguru. Targeted at 18-30 yr old youth from Singapore, this immersive workshop will help you design and roll-out an action plan to better our city. Bookmark August 31 (Saturday) and sign up by August 23!

Secondsguru is a #socialenterprise that focuses on environmental education. This is their 3rd bootcamp this #yeartowardszerowaste in Singapore.
For more information visit their Facebook event page, and sign up here!

Secondsguru
Secondsguru is a young social enterprise [registered with raiSE Singapore] on a mission to promote eco-awareness. It runs educational talks & workshops, organizes community outreach and publishes resources on Secondsguru.com.  With the motto “Green Living. Made Easy.”, it focuses on solutions that make sustainable living a fun, creative and practical goal for all.

More about ZWB
The four-series Zero Waste Bootcamps (ZWB) are targeted at youth (18-30 year olds) in Singapore. Aligned with the national theme “towards zero waste” in 2019, two bootcamps have been organised so far.

-The first ZWB session was held on Mar 2, 2019 in conjunction with CDL’s EcoBank. It’s follow-up was concluded on May 4, 2019 , where the winning team won a grant to carry their community initiative forward as well as individual eco gifts from our partners. Witness the energy from the first ZWB session here and the follow up here.
-The second ZWB session was held on June 1, 2019. The follow up to the second session will be held on August 24th, 2019. A winning team will be announced at the end of the follow up session on this day. See pictures from the second ZWB here

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!

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.