Green Drinks: Economics As If People & Planet Mattered

This month, we are excited to bring you two highly insightful speakers – Julian Wong and Steve McCoy, who have previously given rousing talks at Green Drinks. They are joining us this time to speak about rethinking growth and our economic system, it’s rare to have them in town (and together!), so this one is not to be missed!
This session is supported by Young NTUC.

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[Event] Green Drinks x Fashion Revolution: Environmental Impacts of Textiles

This month, we are proud to be part of Fashion Revolution Week Singapore, and we have partnered Fashion Revolution SG and Etrican for this special feature on textiles and its environmental impacts. Our speakers this month include Dragos Necula of Etrican, and Anisa Sia Johnny of Raffles College of Higher Education. So what should we be wearing if we wish to tread gently on the earth? Come by and find out if you’re looking for an honest assessment!

Dragos will be addressing the topic of “Textile Sustainability”. He will start by highlighting some of the complexities involved in measuring environmental impact of textiles. He will then give a brief overview of textile classification and terms and will take a closer look at an environmental benchmark of some of the more common fibres in the clothing industry at present. The talk will conclude with a challenge to consider whether textile impact is an adequate measure of apparel sustainability.

Anisa will give a short talk covering the different types of sustainable/ethical fashion brands making a change for good and offer a challenge to the audience in their role as a consumer.

Date: 27 April 2017 (Thursday)
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Venue: Workcentral, Singapore Shopping Centre, Level 6 (Brewhouse), 190 Clemenceau Avenue.
Admission: Free (contributions to society accepted)
RSVP: Via Facebook or email greendrinkssingapore@gmail.com

See you there!

About Our Speakers
Dragos is co-founder of Etrican, Singapore’s pioneer of eco fashion, a brand that works exclusively with GOTS certified organic cotton. He is also the founder of black and green, a boutique digital marketing agency. He has a keen interest in innovative, sustainability driven business models and is always on the look out for ideas that could benefit society and the environment.

Anisa Sia Johnny is a Marketing & Branding professional who has branched into Academia. Over 15 years experience in the Fashion industry from Brand Management, Retail experience to mentoring fashion start-ups and more. She is currently lecturing in Fashion Marketing & Management at Raffles College of Higher Education, Singapore. Her passion for helping creative businesses, fashion entrepreneurship and human centered design gets her out of bed every morning.

About Workcentral
Workcentral is a vibrant, supportive co-working community located centrally on Orchard Road.  With a goal of bettering businesses, we offer flexible work spaces, curated programming and comprehensive business solutions.

Our tight-knit member community ranges from freelance consultants to growing SMEs across a variety of industries. We work closely with them to provide networking opportunities and business services relevant to their needs.

For more informaion, please visit www.workcentral.com.sg or email to: hello@workcentral.com.sg

Green Drinks: COP21 Paris Agreement & Climate Change

With Singapore signing the Paris Agreement on Earth Day, we would like to commemorate the move by focusing on the COP21 Paris Agreement and Climate Change for our upcoming session! We have three interesting speakers conveying insights related to COP21 and climate change.

Melissa Low of Energy Studies Institute (ESI) will explain key elements of the Paris Agreement, Pui Cuifen of Singapore Youth for Climate Action (SYCA) will share SYCA’s observations of the journey to COP21, and Sandra Marichal of #up2degrees will tell us about her 13-day Antarctic Expedition alongside renowned polar explorer Robert Swan OBE and a movement she founded to raise awareness of climate change and global warming, and to inspire Singaporeans to take action.

Understanding the Paris Climate Change Agreement

Delegates from 195 countries met over two weeks from 30 November to 11 December 2015 in Paris, France to negotiate a historic deal on tackling global climate change. The Paris Agreement is a landmark conclusion because it reflects a delicate balance between the vastly differing negotiating positions and agendas of 195 countries, in crucial areas such as mitigation, transparency, adaptation, loss and damage, support (including finance, technology development and transfer, and capacity-building). For the first time, there is now a legally binding agreement that involves action on managing emissions from both developed and developing countries. Yet, the Agreement has met with criticism that it has achieved little progress beyond status quo. This sharing will explain the key elements of the Paris Agreement, including its achievements and limitations.

Reflection of COP21, from the perspective of a first-time COP Civil Society Observer

Pui Cuifen is a co-founder of an all-ladies team which attended COP21 as a newly formed group, Singapore Youth for Climate Action (SYCA).  This was Cuifen’s first foray into climate policy at the UN level, after a brief introduction to climate policy as a delegate in ASEAN Power Shift 2015. Each of SYCA’s co-founders went to COP21 with individual objectives, but a common mission – to integrate their learnings from the COP21 experience, and return to create a network of climate action leaders in Singapore. In this sharing session, Cuifen brings you on how the team prepared themselves to meaningfully follow the negotiations, the inspiring people they met, and the team came home with a broader understanding. Cuifen will also share what SYCA has been focusing on since their return, and what you can look forward to in the coming months.

#up2degrees – An Expedition to Save the Antarctic Aircon

Sandra Marichal has successfully completed a 13-day Antarctic Expedition alongside renowned polar explorer Robert Swan OBE – the first man in history to walk to both the North and South poles – and will be sharing her story, hoping to educate and inspire Singapore to play its part in fighting global warming and climate change.

“I joined the International Antarctic Expedition 2016 to see climate change with my own eyes, to understand the scale of the impact our lifestyle has on the environment. Since returning back from the expedition I have taken on a new climate ambassador role, and I am determined to help trigger a global positive change for the preservation of our planet and the human race.”

Sandra recently founded the #up2degrees initiative which aims to raise awareness about the impact to the environment caused by air conditioning in Singapore: “Antarctica is the aircon of the world, as it keeps our planet cool. But Singapore’s air conditioners, which contribute to increased carbon emissions, are warming our planet up. If Antarctica was to melt completely, it would raise worldwide sea levels by more than 60 metres – we need to stop the melt before it is too late!”

The #up2degrees movement aims to get people to turn the temperature of their air conditioning units up by #up2degrees in order to reduce overall energy consumption and carbon emissions. The organisation will work directly with Singapore’s environmental authorities to regulate temperatures in public spaces and commercial buildings, and will launch its ‘Blue Bus’ education initiative aimed at school children later this year.

Event Details

Date: 21 April 2016 (Thurs)
Time: 7pm – 8.30pm
Venue: SingJazz Club, 101 Jalan Sultan, #02-00, The Sultan.
Admission: Free (contributions to society accepted)
RSVP: Via Facebook or email greendrinkssingapore@gmail.com

See you there!

About the Speakers

Melissa Low

Melissa Low is a research associate at the Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore. She holds a Master of Science in Environmental Management and a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Geography (with Honours) and a minor in Urban Studies, from the  National University of Singapore. For her Master thesis on past and contemporary proposals on equity and differentiation in shaping the 2015 climate agreement, Melissa was awarded the Shell Best Dissertation Award 2013. She is currently working towards an LLM in Climate Change Law and Policy at the University of Strathclyde through distance learning. Melissa has  participated in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP) talks since December 2009 and most recently the two-week Paris Climate Conference on behalf of NUS.

Pui Cuifen

Cuifen is a Senior Environmental Scientist at a Danish environmental not-for-profit, DHI. She works on environmental projects, including climate change ones, through analysing geospatial data and presenting them on maps and scientific illustrations. She holds a Master of Applied Science in Environmental Science, from the University of Sydney. Cuifen is an alumnus of ETH Zurich’s Youth Encounter with Sustainability. Cuifen also leads her estate’s community edible garden project (Pavilion’s edible garden), and also co-founded Foodscape Collective.

Sandra Marichal

Awarded ‘Top 20 Women to Watch in Marketing’ by Campaign Asia in 2014, Sandra is a Brand Strategy Consultant, born Millennial, living digital and trying to make the world a better place. She is the Founder of #up2degrees – a movement that aims at triggering people and local authorities to increase the set temperature of their air conditioner at home and in public spaces by #up2degrees so the planet won’t have to do it…See #COP21

Keen to see for herself the impact of climate change on the planet, Sandra recently came back from the International Expedition to Antarctica #IAE2016, organised by the 2041 Foundation and led by renowned polar explorer Robert Swan, who invited participants to become climate ambassadors for education, the environment and sustainability.

When she’s not on the road, Sandra advises Fortune 100 companies, corporate organisations and local businesses on how to make their brand more sustainably appealing to the world. She has helped find purposes for businesses that had lost it or never really found it – and as such, made them relevant to a world hungry for inspiration, positivity and beauty. She recently expanded her services to provide pro-bono advise to local green NGOs and tech start-ups at Block 71, helping them hack their concept and boost their growth.

Sandra’s engagement also includes Fashion Revolution – a global movement to raise awareness about the environmental and social impact of our fast-fashion industry. This year, she will be hosting the Fashion Revolution Day in Singapore.

Sandra holds a Masters in Management from the London Business School and is the Social Representative of the Singapore Alumni Club – she knows where to take you for a good drink. She is also a BBA alumna from the ESSEC Business School and proud ambassador of the global programme in Singapore.

Born French, Sandra has lived in Canada, Luxembourg (don’t ask), the UK and is now calling Singapore ‘home’. She is a passionate yogi, reiki practitioner, modern-jazz dancer, sailor, sand collector and polar explorer. She is a true globetrotter and her biggest struggle in life is to ensure she’ll have enough empty passport pages for immigration stamps.

Her dream (and next project) is to raise awareness and educate the next generation about single-use plastic pollution and invite them to use the newly developed technology to clean the oceans on her boat while sailing around the world. You are invited.

March Green Drinks: Addressing Human-Orangutan Conflict in Agricultural Landscapes around the Leuser Ecosystem, Northern Sumatra

This month, we are delighted to have Panut Hadisiswoyo, Founding Director of Orangutan Information Centre (OIC), with us. He will share how his organisation addresses the conflict between humans and orang utans in the Leuser Ecosystem of North Sumatra.

Big thanks to Nor Lastrina of Singapore Youth for Climate Action for helping to coordinate this session, and to SingJazz Club for hosting us once again.

Background to Panut’s talk

The Orangutan Information Centre (OIC) is an Indonesian conservation NGO working for the protection of rainforests, the critically endangered Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii) and thousands of other species sharing their habitat. The OIC promotes conservation amongst communities living adjacent to the Gunung Leuser National Park (GLNP) of the Leuser Ecosystem, helping them protect and improve their livelihoods and, in the process, safeguarding an ecosystem of vital importance in the global fight against climate change.

To address the conflict between human and orangutans, the OIC has been involved in various programmes to mitigate the conflict. Among others, the restoration of degraded forests has been conducted since 2005 by planting more than a million indigenous tree seedlings, in close collaboration with local communities, to repair damage caused through agricultural encroachment onto protected land.

These restoration projects have social as well as environmental benefits, offering local people a way of supporting their families whilst preserving and restoring the rainforest. Second, the Human Orangutan Conflict Response Unit (HOCRU) has been developed since 2010 to address the problem of human conflicts with the critically endangered Sumatran orangutan in agricultural landscapes adjacent to the Gunung Leuser National Park (GLNP), Sumatra, Indonesia.

The HOCRU is a roving team that responds to conflict situations and reports of crop raiding in agricultural areas across northern Sumatra. Forest-adjacent communities are offered training in best-practice methods of safely and humanely protecting their crops from orangutans, and data is collected regarding the extent and severity of this problem. The project aims to contribute to the conservation of Sumatran orangutans through research, education, orangutan rescue, and the implementation of best practice techniques for the prevention and mitigation of human-orangutan conflict. Since 2012, 91 orangutans have been evacuated with more than 50 rescued from isolated community farmland and plantation areas and more than 25 confiscated from private residences.

Date: 30 March 2016 (Wed)
Time: 7pm – 8.30pm
Venue: SingJazz Club, 101 Jalan Sultan, #02-00, The Sultan.
Admission: Free (contributions to society accepted)
RSVP: Via Facebook or email greendrinkssingapore@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you!

About our speaker

Panut Hadisiswoyo is the Founding Director of the Orangutan Information Centre (OIC), an Indonesian based NGO working with local communities surrounding the Leuser Ecosystem in Northern Sumatra. The OIC restores orangutan habitat, respond to incidents of human orangutan conflict, conduct forest patrols and campaign locally and internationally to raise awareness about critically endangered Sumatran Orangutans and their super bio-diverse rainforest homes.

Panut’s main mission is working for the protection of rainforests, the critically endangered Sumatran orangutan and thousands of other species sharing their habitat. He promotes conservation amongst communities living adjacent to the Leuser Ecosystem, helping them protect and improve their livelihoods and, in the process, safeguarding an ecosystem of vital importance in the global fight against climate change. In addition to thousands of species of flora and fauna, around four million people living in Sumatra depend on the Leuser forests for vital ecological services.

Panut and his team have been involved in the restoration of degraded forests since 2005, planting over a million indigenous tree seedlings, in close collaboration with local communities, to repair damage caused through agricultural encroachment onto protected land.These restoration projects have social as well as environmental benefits, offering local people a way of supporting their families whilst preserving and restoring the rainforest. More than 80 people are directly employed by this programme, and the benefits extend to their entire communities.

In 2015, Panut received the Whitley Award for international nature conservation and In 2013, Panut received two awards namely Ashoka and UNEP’s GRASP Ian Redmond Conservation Awards for his efforts to protect critically endangered orangutans in Sumatra. Ashoka is the largest network of social entrepreneurs worldwide, with nearly 3,000 Ashoka Fellows in 70 countries putting their system changing ideas into practice on a global scale. In 2012, Panut was nominated as the finalist of Forest Hero by the UN.

November Green Drinks: The Salt of the Earth screening + panel discussion – SOLD OUT

This month’s Green Drinks is a ticketed event, and a joint event with the EU Delegation to Singapore and the embassies of Belgium, Germany, Denmark, France, Norway, Sweden and the UK. Tickets sold out quickly, even before we could publicise it.

The EU Delegation to Singapore and the embassies of Belgium, Germany, Denmark, France, Norway, Sweden and the UK are hosting this film screening, with support of Green Drinks Singapore, to raise awareness on the issue of climate change and the forthcoming international climate change negotiations in Paris starting 30th November, also referred to as the 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP21) to the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

We will be holding a short panel discussion with members of Singapore’s civil society to discuss the challenges and expectations associated with climate change. The panellists include: Nor Lastrina Hamid, Member of the COP20 Youth Delegation with 350 Singapore; Melissa Low, Energy Studies Institute (ESI); Sandeep Rai, WWF; and Eugene Tay, Low Carbon Singapore, and the moderator for the evening is Chris Tobias of Green Drinks Singapore. This will be followed by a screening of “Salt of the earth” by Wim Wenders & Juliano Ribeiro Salgado.

For those who are not able to join us this time round, our next session will be on 13 January 2016, with Louis Ng, as he does a Meet the People Session with the green community.

Image taken from Imp Awards

Green Drinks: Ballast Water Management and Marine Bio-Invasion

This month, we look at ballast water management and how marine bio-invasion can occur in the process of shipping goods. We start with a talk by Ray Huang of PACT, titled “Out of the box ideas to tackle the ballast water conundrum”, followed by a panel discussion. Our panellists include Dr Guillaume Drillet of DHI, Tim Wilkins of Intertanko, and Cynthia Wong, a marine ecologist, and Ray Huang of PACT, and the session will be moderated by Adeline Seah of Biodiversity Connections.

Big thanks to Young NTUC for sponsoring our venue!

Date: 30 September (Wednesday) 2015
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Venue: NTUC Building, Room 903 (Level 9), One Marina Boulevard
Admission: Free
RSVP: Via Facebook or email greendrinkssingapore@gmail.com

We hope to see you there!

About the speaker and panellists

Ray Huang
Ray Huang has over 10 years of experience in project & process systems design & execution worldwide, across various disciplines of Chemicals, Maritime, Offshore, Water, Energy & Environment. He is currently Business Development Director (Engineering Applications) of PACT Environmental Technology Co. Ltd, a majority-owned subsidiary of EuroTech Holdings (NASDAQ: CLWT), where he is responsible for opportunity & project development in new markets such as maritime and offshore water treatment (under PACT MARINE), unconventional fossil energy and waste-to-energy associated water treatment.

Previously, Ray has been Engineering Manager & Asia-Pacific Technical Lead of LiqTech International Inc. (NYSE: LIQT), R&D Scientist & Project Manager of Siemens (FWB: SIE), OMEGA Project (California Energy Commission, NASA & Google-funded) Team member, Co-founder of Nanobrane (2009 Fast Company’s 5 CleanTech Open startups to watch out for), Project Manager & Design Engineer of MapleLeaf Environmental Equipment (Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies 2007-Present). In all these prior positions, he was primarily involved in the development, design, build, validation of a wide variety of innovative process systems and products, from biotechnology (biomedical, energy, protein production etc), fossil resource extraction or upgrading (IOR/EOR/Shale/CSG/CTX). The commonality in these prior positions has been the innovative & practical application of new membrane & water technologies to enhance & optimize the performance of said processes & products.

Ray is currently serving as a reviewer for Journal of Energy Policy, in areas of next generation resources & unconventional O&G; and as external advisor, consultant & ambassador for various organizations including that of OMEGA Global Initiative, Asia Renewables, Greenpower Fuels, Ground-Up Initiative & Mizuchi Process Technologies. He has masters & honours degrees in chemical engineering, management & laws from McMaster University, Canada and the University of London, UK respectively. He is a member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Singapore & Project Management Institute (PMI), and currently holds PM@Siemens, Project Management Professional (PMP®) & PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®) global certifications, having worked in various technical teams in a variety of roles across North America, Europe & Asia.

Guillaume Drillet
Dr Guillaume Drillet has 15 years of experience working within the field of aquatic ecology in the public and private sectors. Dr Drillet holds a Master degree on management of coastal resources in Normandy (France). Expatriated for 15 years, Dr Drillet participated in many national and international research projects on plankton ecology and physiology in Denmark, France, Scotland, Singapore, Taiwan, Slovakia and in the USA. He took a PhD funded by the European Network of Excellence (Eur-oceans) and the graduate school of stress studies in Denmark. In 2011, Dr Drillet received a Young Elite Scientist Award from the Danish Ministry of Independent research.

Dr Drillet is based in Singapore for the last 5 years and work at DHI Water and Environment where he supported the development of the Ballast Water Technology and Innovation Center as well as the DHI Environmental Laboratories. Today, Dr Drillet is section head of a team dealing with ecological processes, ballast water issues and aquaculture. He is coordinating two discussions on the effects of temperature as well as well as the use of Standard Test Organisms (STO) for the MEPC Correspondence Group working on the revision of the G8 guidelines of the BWM convention.

Tim Wilkins
Tim Wilkins manages INTERTANKO’s Asia representative office in Singapore. He is also responsible for the Association’s major issues in the region, as well as specific key issues worldwide.

As Regional Manager Asia-Pacific, Tim’s role is to liaise directly with the Association’s regional members, providing them with the latest information, and obtaining their feedback, on key issues being covered by the Association at an international level. As Secretary to INTERTANKO’s Asian Panel, which brings regional members together twice a year, Tim manages the regional matters impacting the tanker industry which have been raised by members located and operating from within the region, from piracy and armed robbery to bunker quality and safety of navigation, bringing these issues to the attention of members worldwide. Tim is also responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with all relevant Governmental and inter-Governmental authorities as well as industry bodies in Asia.

As Senior Manager – Environment, Tim has been responsible for coordinating and managing INTERTANKO’s global environmental agenda for over 15 years. His expertise in this area derives from his Honours Degree in Marine Biology as well as a post graduate Masters in Marine Resource Management. He heads up INTERTANKO’s strategy and projects on key tanker industry issues including ballast water management, waste management, antifouling, biofouling and ship recycling. As Secretary to INTERTANKO’s Environmental Committee he is tasked with representing the tanker industry in its liaison with environmental organisations, national governmental organisations and international organisations such as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

Tim joined INTERTANKO in early 1999 in London, where he gained considerable technical and political experience representing the tanker industry at the IMO and within the EU in Brussels. He has held a wide range of positions within the Association including Regional Manager for Greece, Italy and Cyprus; Secretary to INTERTANKO’s Executive Committee; and, Secretary to INTERTANKO’s Hellenic Mediterranean Panel.

Tim moved to Asia for INTERTANKO in 2006. He currently resides in Singapore with his wife and two young sons.

Cynthia Wong
Cynthia is a marine ecologist who had been studying the effects of climate change on the ecology of littorinids for the past 10 years. Currently, she is an adjunct lecturer at James Cook University, Singapore, teaching sustainability and an Associate lecturer at Temasek polytechnic, teaching aquaculture.

Green Drinks: Shifting Towards a Haze-Free Society

This month we look at the #sghaze issue. Our speaker and panellists recap what has happened to date, and update you on what they are working on, and what we can do as citizens.

Tan Yihan of PM.Haze kicks off the night with a talk on what their organisation is doing about the haze. This is followed by a panel discussion with him, Kavickumar Muruganathan of Singapore Environment Council (SEC) Cheong Poh Kwan of Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), and Karen Sim of WWF Singapore.

Big thanks to Young NTUC, who have helped us secure this venue.

Join us!

Details
Date: 30 July (Thursday)
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Venue: NTUC Building, Room 801 (8th floor), One Marina Boulevard. Please take the glass lifts outside the building
RSVP: Via Facebook or email greendrinkssingapore@gmail.com
Admission is free

How to get there: If taking the MRT, stop at Raffles Place MRT and take exit J. Buses that service the area include – 10, 70, 97, 100, 107, 130, 131, 162, 196

About Tan Yihan
Tan Yi Han, 30, is co-founder of People’s Movement to Stop Haze (PM.Haze). Tan Yi Han is a financial consultant by day, but is an avid eco-warrior 24/7. Tan leads a team of about 20 people from all walks of life – students, researchers, teachers and professionals, who are just as passionate as him about putting an end to the haze.

An engineering graduate, Tan Yi Han deviated from his usual line of studies due to his desire to actively engage people rather than come up with technical means to solve environmental problems. He subsequently became actively involved at ECO Singapore for two and a half years. Frustrated by the recurring haze and the blame game that occurred, Tan Yi Han went to Indonesia in 2013 to see and experience the problem for himself.

It was in February 2014, where he gathered together like-minded people to start discussing the tentative steps towards stopping haze and eventually formed PM.Haze.

When he is not fighting for greater awareness of haze solutions, Yi Han enjoys travelling to remote places to experience and appreciate a simpler way of life with the locals.

About PM.Haze
People’s Movement to Stop Haze(PM.Haze) is a movement initiated in February 2014 by a group of ordinary people in Singapore because we believe that everyone can make a difference in stopping the haze.

Our vision is a world where everyone feels responsible for the clean air we all enjoy.

Our mission is to empower people in Singapore with the knowledge, values and means to be drivers of global action to stop haze.

Knowledge: Awareness of our role in the haze issue through our consumption and investment choices, particularly with regards to palm oil, paper and wood.

Values: Appreciation of clean air and a sense of personal responsibility towards the environment, society and our future generations.

Means: Information and tools to facilitate individual consumption and investment choices, as well as a platform for influencing others

About Kavickumar Muruganathan
Kavickumar Muruganathan heads the eco-certification team in the Singapore Environment Council, where he assesses and administers the Singapore Green Labelling Scheme, the region’s oldest and most recognised eco-label.

An expert in carbon footprint assessment and reporting, Kavic is a member of the Singapore Standards Council Technical Committees & Working Group for Paints & Surface Coatings, Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Management, and Environmental Management System. He was also invited in 2013 to be a member of the Environment Standards Committee working group to define terminologies for waste management.

Armed with an Honours degree in Environmental Engineering from the National University of Singapore, Kavic’s professional credentials include that of a National Environment Agency-certified Environmental Control Officer, an ISO 14001 & ISO 18001 Lead Auditor and an approved HazMat expert.

In 2014, he was invited to be a Building Construction Authority Green Mark Version 5 Building Material and Product Taskforce Member.

Kavic is also currently pursuing his Masters in Environmental Management at the National University of Singapore.

About SEC
Established in 1995, the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) is an independently managed, non-profit and non-government organisation (NGO). We influence thinking on sustainability issues and coordinate environmental efforts in Singapore. We are also an approved charity and offer tax exemption to donors.

SEC continuously engages all sectors of the community by formulating and executing a range of holistic programmes, such as the Singapore Environmental Achievement Awards, Asian Environmental Journalism Awards, School Green Awards, Green Champions, Singapore Green Labelling Scheme, Project: Eco-Office, Project: Eco-Shop and Project: F&B. In addition, we build a pool of committed volunteers under our Earth Helpers programme.

The SEC has also incorporated a new Training & Education arm to provide the people, public and private sectors with the opportunity to develop awareness, knowledge, skills and tools in order to protect and improve our environment for a sustainable future.

Strong partnerships with corporations, government agencies and other NGOs are valued by us. These partnerships are vital for sustaining our programmes, leading to positive action and change. Over the years, SEC has given strength and direction to the environmental movement in Singapore.

About Cheong Poh Kwan
Cheong Poh Kwan is Assistant Director for the Sustainability Programme in the Singapore Institute of International Affairs.

She is part of the team that studies the issue of transboundary haze and drives engagement with stakeholders from governments, corporates, NGOs, academia and the media in Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. She has organised the Singapore Dialogue on Sustainable World Resources, haze roundtable, haze exhibition and contributed to the launch of the Haze Tracker website.

Her commentaries on the issue have been published by news outlets including TODAY and The Nation.

About SIIA
The Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) is an independent organization dedicated to the research, analysis and discussion of regional and international issues. We aim to make Singapore a more cosmopolitan and global society through research, policy work and public education on international affairs. Founded in 1961 and registered as a membership-based society, we are Singapore’s oldest think tank.

About Karen Sim
Karen is the Conservation Resource Manager at WWF Singapore, part of the new Conservation Resource Unit set up within the organisation to link up the conservation projects in the WWF network and WWF Singapore’s campaigns. She is responsible for developing conservation strategies in key topics for WWF Singapore.

Before joining WWF Singapore, Karen lived in Switzerland where she spent a number of years in the non-profit sector, first with the World Economic Forum as the Community Manager for Asia Pacific and then leaving to pursue her passion in conservation with WWF International’s Tiger’s Alive Initiative. She also worked at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), where she managed projects in sustainability. In Singapore, Karen has experience in the public sector having worked for the Ministry of Defence and the Singapore Economic Development Board.

Nature conservation is very much more than a job to her. In her leisure, she enjoys catching up on (even more) environmental news as well as going on nature walks and events. Otherwise, she enjoys growing her own green food, doing a variety of sports, and contributes articles to a conservation careers website.

She has a Masters Degree from Kings College, London in War studies, and is a closet military history buff.

About WWF
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is one of the world’s largest and most experienced independent conservation organisations.

Established on 29 April 1961, it was the product of a deep concern held by a few eminent gentlemen who were worried by what they saw happening in our world at that time. Since then, WWF has grown up to be one of the largest environmental organisations in the world.

Today, we have more than 5 million supporters worldwide; and we are present in more than 100 countries to conserve and protect our natural environment.

Gland, Switzerland is the home of WWF International, the secretariat for WWF’s global organisation. Its role is to lead and coordinate the WWF Network of offices around the world, through developing policies and priorities, fostering global partnerships, coordinating international campaigns, and providing supportive measures in order to help make the global operation run as smoothly as it can.

WWF is governed by a Board of Trustees under an International President, Yolanda Kakabadse. Our President Emeritus is HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

Image courtesy of Ferina Natasya Aziz.