We had the first round of workshop for our Organisers and Site Buddies on 9 July.
I was at NUS early to prepare for registration and what not. Soon after, the Site Buddies and early Organisers started streaming in. Registration was a bit messy, but we managed to get everyone into Lab 7 to get started.
Siva started off with a background of Coastal Cleanup in Singapore, then Wei Ting stepped in to give an introduction to marine life. I can’t quite remember who did impact of marine debris, but Siva covered how to organise a cleanup.
After that we broke out into our Zones, with the Site Buddies joining their Zone Captains and Organisers, to discuss classification of marine trash (an important aspect of ICC!) and other zone-specific issues.
Finally, we re-grouped to cover the remaining topics of data submission. We were running slightly late and most people were hungry, so we took a quick lunch break.
After lunch, we quickly finished up with applications to daily life. This was perhaps the most relevant, in some sense. There is no point in having increasing numbers of volunteers coming down to clean our shores, yet they have no idea how to help ameliorate the problem. Probably one of the greatest strengths of ICCS is to let people know how their daily actions affect the environment, to actually be able to see the problem and do something about it, both symptomatically and tackling the root problem.
ICCS is drawing closer! I am quite excited about it. For now, there is pre-National Day Cleanup @ Lim Chu Kang mangroves to pre-occupy myself.
Resources for the workshop can be found here: http://coastalcleanup.wordpress.com/2011/07/13/iccs-workshop-2011-powerpoints/