5 June: Eco Action Day 2020

Each year during Eco Action Day, Ricoh requests that individuals and corporations make pledges towards making sustainable choices and bettering the environment. Now in it’s 14th year, they are focusing on a few SDGs — Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all, ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns and taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

Please read on to find out more about Eco Action Day 2020.

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25 April: Fashion Revolution Singapore 2020

Mark your calendars for Fashion Revolution 2020! Participate in their event online from home on 25 April, 11am onwards. More details below.

Fashion Revolution Singapore is BACK!
Held ENTIRELY ONLINE for the first time ever, this year’s event calls for a fairer, safer, cleaner, more transparent fashion industry by focusing on the 4 C’s —

From inspiring panel discussions with incredible speakers to interesting workshops and prizes to be won, you’ll be able to tune in from wherever you are – so bring your pals, learn something new and be inspired to start asking brands #WhoMadeMyClothes and #WhatsInMyClothes!

Our event takes place as always during Fashion Revolution Week (20 to 26 April 2020) and will mark the 7th year of Fashion Revolution, the world’s LARGEST FASHION ACTIVISM MOVEMENT founded to radically change the way our clothes are sourced, produced and purchased.

It also marks seven years since the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh, where 1,138 people were killed and many more injured on 24 April 2013.

11:00 AM: Panel Discussion (BRANDS)
Fashion Revolution presents: Fashion and sustainability – an incompatible couple?
Do you run a fashion brand? Then we want YOU to join us at our welcome chat!
We will be speaking to global and local brands of all sizes about their sustainability journey, opening a safe space for fashion brands to have an honest conversation on the sustainability conundrum in the fashion world.
Chu Wong, Country Coordinator of Fashion Revolution SG and Founder of Shop Bettr
Marian Dang, Sustainability Manager at H&M South East Asia
Min Tan, Founder of Cloud & Victory
Cara Chiang, Product Development & Marketing Manager at CYC Made to Measure

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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

Climate Action Workshop for Students

Some teachers have organised a climate action workshop for students. More details below.

We are all now living in a world of environmental degradation and climate change – so what can we do about it? It’s easy to feel lost and powerless in the face of such a big problem, and easy to forget that even as an individual, we all have some spheres of influence. As a student, you are a key stakeholder of your school, and able to talk to your peers, teachers, school leaders, and even institutions beyond.

But you need facts and you need community. This workshop aims to provide facts of the climate issue, as well as to support more students in taking action to make their schools more environmentally-friendly.

Thank you for your interest in registering for this workshop. Please complete the form accurately and you will be notified closer to the workshop date if you have obtained a place. The organizers reserve the right to allocate places to allow for diversity and equity of participation.

Date & Time: 18 January, Saturday, 1:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: 284 River Valley Road, #01-01, Potato Productions, Singapore 238325
Registration: Sign up here

Workshop Details:
Early Afternoon Segment: Sharing about Climate Trends / Youth Activists Speak
Later Afternoon Segment: Brainstorming and Networking Workshop

The workshop is organized by a collective of educators from various institutions in Singapore. If you have questions, please contact us at: climateeducation.sg@gmail.com

The Cross Island Line: Limiting Impacts to MacRitchie Forest

On 4 December, the Ministry of Transport announced the decision to run the Cross Island Line under the Central Catchment Nature Reserve (CCNR). This was met with concerns about the impact to the habitats and species within the CCNR. The engagement between LTA and green groups continues, in a process that has spanned 6 years to date. What’s next, and how can we reduce ecological impacts to MacRitchie Forest?

Join us at Singapore Sustainability Academy to hear directly from green groups. The CRL response team will be there to share its next steps, and primatologist Andie Ang and Nature Society (Singapore) President, Shawn Lum, will also be around to take any questions.

Date: 15 January 2020
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Venue: Singapore Sustainability Academy, 180 Kitchener Rd, #06-10, Singapore 208539
Registration: Please sign up here

Admission is free, please share this event with your friends and family.

This session is organised by Green Drinks (Singapore), we would like to give a big thank you to Singapore Sustainability Academy for providing the venue for this event.

For background reading:
– Summary of CRL Phase II EIA
– Nature Groups’ response to the CRL Phase II EIA (before MOT’s announcement on 4 Dec)
– Cross Island Line to take direct route under Central Catchment Nature Reserve

How to get there:
By MRT: Farrer Park MRT station (Northeast Line)
By Bus:

  • Kitchener Road (Before Tai Hoe Hotel, 07231)
    Service No. 21, 125, 130
  • Serangoon Road (Outside Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, 07211)
    Service No. 21, 23, 64, 65, 66, 67, 125, 130, 139, 141, 147, 857, NR6

About Green Drinks (Singapore)
Founded in November 2007, Green Drinks (Singapore) is a registered non-profit environment-focused society that connects community, businesses, activists, academia, media and government for knowledge sharing and collaboration opportunities.

Occasionally, we hold discussion panels, documentary screenings and workshops to further engage the public and participants. Behind the scenes, we work with organisations and government agencies on ways to further engage people to do more for the environment.

Singapore is one of more than 540 cities with a Green Drinks presence. Started in 1989 in London, the Green Drinks movement is a self-organising network that is meant to be simple and unstructured. The global site can be found at http://www.greendrinks.org.

To stay updated on our events and discussions, join our Facebook group, and sign up for our events newsletter by emailing olivia@greendrinkssingapore.com.

25 November 2019: Today is White Monday

White Monday has officially started. What is it?

The organisers, Sammie Ng and Qiyun Woo have shared the following note, do participate in the global movement if you can!:

Thank you for your support and interest in joining us in our first White Monday campaign on the 25th of November in Singapore – yup that’s the coming Monday!!

On WM, we hope to get individuals, organizations and businesses to pledge their non-participation in Black Friday, and to also share or promote alternatives. This campaign is not an “anti-” campaign, but to call consumers to rethink consumption and to embrace alternative ways of consumption.

To take part in the campaign, it’s just a few simple things! Check out these details on how to participate! 

As this movement is still very new in Singapore, we hope that our participation this year can spark conversation here. We hope to get to make this movement gain momentum in Singapore and your support will help bring attention to circular consumption to make it more mainstream.