About 100 enthusiastic volunteers hit Tanah Merah last Saturday (28 April) for the second of Coastal Cleanup Singapore’s year-round cleanup – the Earth Day cleanup!
After the quick briefing, off all the volunteers went! Very enthusiastic bunch we have
Unfortunately, good things never last long…
It wasn’t long before lightning and gusty winds made us pull the plug on this cleanup and shoo all volunteers back towards the safety of the ferry terminal.
During that short period we were on shore though, we did manage to clear some trash!
Well we’re glad everyone made it back to safety, although there were many enthusiastic volunteers who expressed their desire to continue cleanup, since they had already traveled all the way there!
Safety is always a priority, and the risk of lightning is very real in Singapore. We cannot afford to lose enthusiastic and capable volunteers to lightning!
The next cleanup will be the major event of the year, the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore! It falls on every 3rd Saturday of September (15 September 2012), and the ICCS Otters coordinate this national effort every year
Organisations and individuals interested in signing up may do so once registration has opened for the respective categories. Subscribe to the ICCS mailing list (just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org) to keep yourself informed of our happenings!
We look forward to greater participation by all in our effort to cleanup our coastal areas and to increase education and awareness of our marine trash and its impact!
What can we find at Tanah Merah?
It was a beautiful low tide day on 28 April, the entire seagrass patch was visible! Didn’t have much time to explore, but snapped a few quick photos.
It is very sad indeed that our marine life has to live amongst trash. One way to help would be to create LESS trash (Reduce) and dispose trash properly (Recycle when possible!). And of course, to take part in coastal cleanup and drag in unwitting friends and family in the process!