Beach Cleanup

December 1, 2010 2 Comments

Beach Clean up Singapore Island Lim Chu Kang Beach

Led by Nicolette, the Singapore YEPers recently had a beach cleanup! This was inspired by Mike Horn’s visit to Singapore earlier in the year. We had a sleepover on the Pangaea, during which Mike brought us on a speedboat to the nearby Southern Islands of Singapore, Pulau Tekukor. It was very dirty, and we found lots of plastic bags and bottles, including rubber tyres and a television casing! We wanted to clean it up, but were not given permission by the local authorities.

Not wanting to give up, we figured that if an island near Singapore can be so dirty, our mainland coastlines must similarly accumulate alot of rubbish. Thus, we decided to go to Lim Chu Kang beach for a cleanup. We roped in our friends and volunteers, and gathered about 25 people for the activity. All in all, we cleared out around 300 kg of rubbish in an afternoon!

Detractors may argue that there is little point in unsustained one-off cleanups like these. While we realise that we appear to be merely treating the symptoms, a small gesture like this can have a rippling effect. The volunteers that we roped in would have had a firsthand experience of the state of our coastlines, and would not contribute to further littering. Also, by spreading the word through blogs like mine, we are helping to raise awareness by sharing our personal experience of the cleanup, and hopefully, readers like yourself will be persuaded against littering or to even help out at future cleanups!

In conclusion, it is very easy to be cynical and negative, undermining environmental efforts as insignificant or unsustainable. However, I sincerely believe that every small gesture counts, and a simple act can be expanded upon to have an exponential effect! What is most important is that we never give up, and never become disillusioned, but keep on doing our small little part to make the world a greener place.

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Tags: Environment Protection, Love for nature, Mike Horn YEP
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