Green workshops: connect with nature

A half day climate change themed workshop was conducted at Peicai Secondary School on 13 Feb.

One of the hands-on activities that the students experienced was to recycle old plastic water bottles and repurpose them into a planter. They also learnt about hazardous effects of plastic pollution and the urgent need to protect the environment. In fact, the solution to climate change starts with each and every one of us. Every effort – however small – can multiply and lead to a sustainable outcome.

 

This Connect with Nature workshop was organized by Green in Future. Find out more here!

Opening of Bukit View Secondary School’s JOULES Smart Centre

Bukit View Secondary School’s JOULES (Junior Outstanding Leaders in Environment for Sustainability) Smart Centre was opened by Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources on 22 Feb 2018.

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This centre was developed in collaboration with Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC)’s consortium of green building professional firms and product suppliers. Built with upcycled materials and fitted with energy-efficient lightings, this unique classroom serves as a platform for students to learn about green innovation and products. We heard that the school plans to extend the use of the centre to the community as well!

The students of Bukit View Secondary School has also showcased some of their interesting environmental sustainability projects, such as their Sea Perch and Solar Car.

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The Sea Perch is a water robot that can be used to measure water temperature and the school has been using it for the ponds in their Eco Garden. The Solar Car is a driverless model that promotes clean commuting as it operates using only solar energy. Both the Sea Perch and the Solar Car are amazing innovations which are coded by students to operate in response to sensors.

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Besides developing their own projects, Bukit View Secondary School has also helped to spread climate action messaging by teaching pupils from Keming Primary School and Bukit View Primary School to build prototypes of a smart city. At such a tender age, the students surprised us with their impressive knowledge about the environment!

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Bukit View Secondary School is the first school to support the climate action journey by conducting mass pledging exercises during assembly. Their efforts have allowed them to collect climate action pledges from ALL staff and students, pledging their commitment to fight climate change as a whole school effort.

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Thank you Bukit View Secondary School for their wonderful support and we hope that more schools will be inspired to take climate action and organise mass pledging sessions too!

View the rest of the Climate Action SG pledges made by organisations and educational institutions here and submit your own pledge as well!

Climate Action Champions: Commonwealth Secondary School

Commonwealth Secondary School believes that in order for students to understand what it means to be environmentally conscious, the school would need to develop into a learning environment where students would be able to learn about the natural world. Commonwealth Secondary School was the first school to be awarded the President’s Award for the Environment in 2009. Check out their Climate Action feature here!

We believe that it is time for Commonwealth Secondary School to be more serious in reducing our consumption of single-use plastic disposables. There are benefits for our school in reducing plastic disposables, which include: reinforcing our image as an environmentally-friendly and a WWF Eco-Schools Green Flag school in Singapore; contributing to our national target of 70% recycling rate by 2030; reducing the plastic litter that goes into our waterways; and reducing our carbon emissions from the incineration of plastics, as stated in the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint 2015.

Slowly, change is happening.

On 27 December, all our staff in Commonwealth Secondary School was at Tanah Merah Beach in for our Staff Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). This year, we conducted a Coastal Clean-Up cum Macro-debris and Microplastics Sampling Activity. More than just a litter-picking exercise, we partnered with NParks and NUS to contribute data to a 15-months research on marine debris in Singapore. Therefore, we sorted out the types of rubbish found on that day into macro-debris and microplastics, helping us to understand the extent of plastic pollution in our marine ecosystem.

Really, how much do we need to see in order for us to be convinced that plastic pollution is real and that all of us need to be intentional in reducing our use of disposable plastics?