Earth Hour 2012

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Date: 31st March 2012
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Venue: Jurong West HDB

Earth Hour is a global event and is held on the last Saturday of March annually, asking households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour to raise awareness towards the need to take action on climate change. CDC Singapore has been organizing this event over the years and has been successful in their undertakings. In 2009, they arranged Earth Hour all over Singapore with participants from schools all over pooling in support and helping in achieving their goal.

This year Earthlink NTU has been invited by CDC to volunteer and show our support for their cause. This year Earth Hour will be held on 31st March and we will be sending volunteers from Earthlink, joined by volunteers from Singapore Polytechnic Environmental club, to Jurong West HDB flats. Volunteers from other JCs and polys will be sent to HDB flats all over and the aim is to cater to 100,000 households with our combined effort.

Volunteers will go door to door asking the people to sign a pledge the volunteers will present to them, which will require them to switch off their main lights for one hour during the Earth Hour. So, the main aim of this event is to actually make a difference by saving energy and also educate people about the importance to conserve energy.These pledges will be collected at the end of the day and there will be a final counting of the total number of pledges collected through a combined effort of students all over Singapore and if the required 100,000 pledges are met, the goal will be completed.

Event Organizer

This event is organized by the Event Executive External portfolio. For more information, you may contact Shuhul Kaul here.

World Water Day 2012

Date: 24th March 2012
Time: 8:15am to 10:30am
Venue: Jurong Lake

World Water Day has been celebrated by many countries around the world for more than 17 years now. The international observance of World Water Day is an initiative driven by the UN Water Group. Here in Singapore, PUB as the National Water Agency, has been organising World Water Day celebrations annually and this year, PUB will be expanding it to a nation-wide celebration across fifteen reservoirs and waterways.

As part of this year celebrations, a series of fun and exciting activities will be taking place at Marina Barrage on 24 March 2012, which is the anchor site. The WWD Celebrations will also be concurrently celebrated at 15 other locations this year and they are Kallang River at Ang Mo Kio Bishan Park, Lorong Halus, Punggol Waterway, Yishun Pond, Kranji Marshlands, Marina Barrage, Alexandra Canal, Jurong Lake, Sengkang Floating Wetland, Lower Seletar Reservoir, Bedok Reservoir, MacRitchie Reservoir, Kolam Ayer Waterfront and Pandan Reservoir.

The highlight of the event is a hands-on educational water treatment exercise, specially catered for the school children. It is hoped that this activity will also allow the school children to reflect about the significance of the water bodies within their vicinity, raise the awareness of the lake and water as a precious resource, especially in Singapore.

The Guest of Honour for this event is the Deputy Prime Minister, Tharman Shanmugaratnam.

Event Organizer

This event is organized by the Event Executive External portfolio. For more information, you may contact Shuhul Kaul here.

Environmental Awareness Campaign 2012 (EAC)

Date: 6th – 8th February 2012
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: Canopy K (Outside LT1A)

The Environmental Awareness Campaign(EAC) is organized annually at NTU to create the awareness of environmental issues and promote green lifestyle across all students, staffs, janitors, green activists and visitors from south west region to the whole Singapore. Green messages are brought across all the stakeholders through educational panels. Various programs are included in this event such as “Bring Your Own bag”, “Clean Toilet, Fresh Start”, “Green lifestyle start from home”, games, a City In A Garden (CIAG)” exhibit which aims to promote green city in Singapore, quizzes and attractive prizes.Free plants are given out to promote tree plantings which can promote the hobby as well.

Click the following links to view EAC 2012 photos:
Album 1, Album 2, Album 3

Event Organizer

This event is organized by the Event Executive Internal portfolio. For more information, you may contact Neo Chin Ding here.

Past Year’s Photos

Recycling Drive 2011

Duration: 2nd to 9th December
Location: Visit the Interactive Map

Recycling Drive is a biannual event held by Earthlink NTU. This event is mainly held during the end period of exams in both semesters, where many students discard their examination papers and notes. In addition, this period is also the start of the vacation when residents withdraw from their rooms and clubs clear up the accumulated waste from previous completed events.

This semester, the chosen date for Recycling Drive is from 2nd December to 9th December 2011. During this event, large wheeled recycling bins will be placed at various strategic locations around the campus. Hall residents, clubs and societies would be informed of the bin locations and they can deposit their recyclable waste into the bins during the period.

Last academic year we collected as much as 3.5 tonnes of paper waste and we strive to increase that number this year.

Event Organizer

This event is organized by the Recycling portfolio. For more information, you may contact Ananth Krishnan here.

Bring Your Own Bag 2011

Shouts of SBYOB! pierced the silence of a Monday afternoon at study benches along the North Spine. No one so much as lifted his or her head from studying. That did not deter 13 Earthlink members from shouting to raise awareness for their cause.

Such was their perseverance as they marched from Canteen B to Canopy K near LT1A wearing cumbersome sandwich boards advocating environmentalism. These walking advertisements pulled out all stops to attract attention. One particularly creative one had a picture of Justin Bieber, and a caption that read, “Okay, now that you’ve been captured by Justin Beiber’s intense yet soulful gaze, let’s talk about disposing waste responsibly!”

After the parade, they settled down at Canopy K and set up a booth featuring a quiz area to engage passers-by and a projection screen which displayed informational videos about the harmful effects of plastic bags on the environment.

At the booth, Campaign Management Officer Srivathsan Murali gamely dressed up as a mascot to draw eyeballs for the campaign. His costume, made up of plastic bags in various neon shades, did indeed garner attention for the cause.

At the quiz area, passers-by were quizzed about their knowledge of the environment. The toughest question involved answering which things were made from reusable materials. No one could guess correctly, from the photograph shown, what reusable materials a Buddhist temple in Thailand was made of. The surprise they express when the material was revealed to be beer bottles was interesting to behold. It also highlights the fact that materials we encounter in our daily lives are more useful than we think. As a reward, participants were given pin badges with positive environmental messages like SGo Meatless printed on them, as well as notepads.

This BYOB Roadshow kickstarts the BYOB Awareness Week which seeks to inform people at NTU about the new BYOB initiative that will continue until the end of 2011: 10 cents will be charged for plastic bags used at each purchase at retail outlets in NTU. Throughout the week, Earthlink ambassadors were also stationed at the cashiers of these locations to inform customers about the initiative.

The ambassadors also try to convince customers who habitually use plastic bags to think twice and consider the harmful effects of plastic bags: plastic bags take centuries to biodegrade, thus taking up space in landfills. Also, in seas and oceans, they are a hazard to the wildlife which mistake plastic bags for food. Plastic bags also go through a photodegradation process in which they are broken down into small toxic substances which pollute the environment. Thus, while plastic bags are may seem convenient now, we will actually have to pay a high price for our use of them in future.

International Coastal Cleanup Singapore 2011

260 million tons. The amount of plastic used worldwide every year. 1 trillion. The number of plastic bags consumed. 1000 years. The time it takes for a plastic bag to degrade. 180. The species of marine wildlife affected by ingestion of plastic waste. These numbers are not merely statistics but the indicators of a problem of massive proportions. The International Coast Cleanup (ICC) is an initiative that takes concrete steps towards minimizing, documenting and generating awareness for this pandemic.

The ICC is an annual event where volunteers collect waste and collate data on the garbage and debris accumulating on shorelines of the world s lakes, rivers and oceans. It is conducted simultaneously in about hundred countries, coordinated by a non-profit US-based agency, The Ocean Conservancy and in Sinagpore, it is organized by volunteers from the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research. It was held on the 17th of September and Earthlink NTU participated in the event for the eighth time, continuing to support the cause this year as well. Earthlink s contribution to ICCS is being awarded at the Biodiversity of Singapore Symposium III, presented by Minister of State for National Development, BG (NS) Tan Chuan-Jin.

The group, comprising of NTU students from different schools, reached the site, Pandan Mangrove, at eight in the morning. After a briefing by the zone manager about the safety measures and data collection method, the volunteers got down to clearing the trash from the allocated areas. Plastic bottles, bags, styrofoam and other different kinds of trash material were gathered, while each group kept counting and categorizing the collected items on data cards to ensure a proper records. These go on to influence laws and policies governing the management of waste in different parts of the world.

The coastal cleanup was both a fun and a fruitful experience for everyone involved and after two hours of hard work, Earthlink managed to collect 96.5 kgs of waste, contributing to the total 1,977 kgs collected in the South Zone. The club hopes that this adds to the cumulative effect of the entire movement and goes a long way in ensuring and maintaining the purity of coastal areas in Singapore.