Equipped with their gloves and booties, 23 of our BES students made their way down to Pandan Mangrove on 8 January 2016 for BES’s first student-initiated International Coastal Clean-up Singapore (ICCS)! This event was led by our Community Engagement Branch (CEB) ICCS heads Ang HuiHao, Sherralin Quek and Lian JunJie.
Hard at work under the scorching sun, participants picked up a total of 213.4kg of trash from the site. The most common items collected were plastic bags and wrappers (~300 pieces), plastic bottles (~150 pieces) as well as Styrofoam pieces (~100 pieces).
‘BES ICCS 2016 might have been tedious and tiring, but it was definitely an experience that was meaningful and worth it!’, as mentioned by one of the participants, Donovan Wong.
Mangroves are definitely an important ecosystem that we have to protect and conserve, for the ecosystem services they provide as well as for the wildlife that call it home. Hopefully we will get the opportunity to return to the site and conduct future cleanups.
The team would like to thank participants who took time out during this holiday period for BES ICCS 2016. Special thanks also goes out to ICCS Singapore, and in particular coordinator Mr Siva and zone captain Mr Lim Cheng Puay for their advice, time and expertise during the planning phase as well as logistical support during the actual event.
Writers: BES CEB ICCS I/Cs – HuiHao, Sherralin, Jun Jie