Outward Bound Singapore back at it again with another project

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Not too long ago, Outward Bound Singapore (OBS) had an engagement session on Coney Island on 14 Feb in conjunction with National Parks Board.

Last Saturday (5 Mar), more than 300 youths volunteered their time at Coney Island and Pulau Ubin for a project organised by the OBS, titled: Project IsLand-A-Hand (I lend a hand, geddit?).

Project IsLand-A-Hand is a collection of environmental conservation initiatives to create awareness amongst youths.

This project was decisively held on 5 Mar — the month of Singapore’s founding forefather, Lee Kuan Yew’s death anniversary to honour his legacy of a clean and green Singapore.

Massive cleanup on Coney Island and Pulau Ubin

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Pulau Ubin and Coney Island did not look this stunning on their own.

It takes a great amount of effort from volunteers, experts and even the public to maintain the islands.

Through project IsLand-A-Hand, youths from ages 15 to 35 years old committed their time and effort in dolling up Mother Nature!

Their efforts include:

  1. Reforestation
  2. Clearing up the coastal and swamp
  3. Getting rid of weeds
  4. Flotsam fence preservation
  5. Species survey and bird box construction

Isn’t it amazing how much 300 people could do to help preserve the environment?

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Nicholas Conceicao, Executive Director of OBS said:

We have always encouraged participants to care for the environment, and this is an extension of our efforts to harness the shared passion of the community to inspire young people to take greater ownership of our environment and shared spaces.

Engaging the public to be part of conserving the natural environment

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An SGfuture engagement session was hosted where youths contributed ideas on what they could do to advocate more environmental consciousness and responsibility.

The youths who attended also discussed about planning responsibly and managing resources with regards to the environment.

One of the ideas generated was for schools to support environmentally green activities initiated by students.

Mr Lim Liang Jim, Director of National Parks Board gave an informative talk on the balance between urban development and biodiversity conservation to the volunteers who attended.

Visit the OBS campus opened to public for the first time!

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To encourage youths to appreciate the environment, the OBS campus will be opened during the March school holiday for their Nature Appreciation Programme.

The nature Appreciation Programme will include 11 workshops promoting activities such as nature treasure hunts, mangrove appreciation and nature photography.

These activities are family friendly and educational as well and the public will have a greater understanding of Pulau Ubin’s history, geography and ecology.

To sign up for this March school holiday programme, register online here.

Loving the environment starts from the young

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Nurturing a love for the environment starts when one is young and that is what Project IsLand-A-Hand is all about.

Mr Baey Yam Keng, Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth recognised the efforts of the youths and praised them during his closing speech.

OBS’s endeavour in shaping young minds for the betterment of the environment has paid off as they made sure that our late Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew’s legacy lives on.

 

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Featured image via National Youth Council