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 pledge by the Embassy of Costa Rica in Singapore

A pioneer in the area of sustainability, Costa Rica is a model for sustainable practices for many countries around the world. Although Costa Rica is a small territory, it is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world – it holds five percent of the world’s land-based biodiversity and 3.5 percent of its marine life! (Source)

We’re also very glad to see that the Embassy of Costa Rica right here in Singapore has taken the ClimateActionSG pledge too! Check out their pledge here!

A week of many firsts!

It has been a great week for #ClimateActionSG!

Since the launch of our climate action pledge site on 26 Jan, we have received more than 3,000 climate action pledges from individuals, organisations and schools!

And in other exciting news…

The Embassy of the Netherlands in Singapore became the first embassy in Singapore to make a Climate Action pledge.

Ambassador to the Netherlands in Singapore and Brunei, Margriet Vonno, made an individual pledge last Friday. Now, the entire Embassy of the Netherlands has followed in ambassador Vonno’s footsteps by pledging to take action. In doing so, the Dutch Embassy is the first embassy in Singapore to make a pledge.

The embassy’s pledge consists of a description of the actions already being taken (i.e. turning off the lights and striving to be a paperless office), as well as the long term goals. Furthermore, the pledge stresses the relationship between Singapore and the Netherlands on sustainability, and refers to the Dutch government’s plans for a Circular Economy in 2050. (Source)

Bukit View Secondary School was also the first school in Singapore to organise a mass #ClimateActionSG pledge during their school assembly this morning!

Thanks @bukitviewsecondary for your support and we encourage all schools to do the same!

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