By Ivan Lim
We had wanted to do our part for the environment, something #SUSStainable, and many suggestions came to mind. At the same time, we had also anticipated various hurdles. After some thought, we decided that the most important thing was to start somewhere, to do something, no matter how insignificant that effort may seem.
We settled on kayaking and cleaning the Marina Bay waterways. A sizeable group of 32 consisting of students, alumni and their guests came forward. The three-hour session conducted by the People’s Association Water-Venture started with an introduction on the threats facing our marine ecosystem, as well as an introduction to the basics of kayaking. Ensuing that, we readied our kayaks at the pontoon for a final safety brief. Armed with buckets and thongs, we launched our kayaks and paddled along the coasts near the Singapore Flyer, the Singapore Sports Hub and the Gardens by the Bay. We came across such beautiful and absolutely Instagram-worthy sights. (Check out some of our photos!)
Picking up floating trash while kayaking proved to be no easy feat. The closer you paddle, the farther the litter floats away from you. But with persistence and some newly acquired skills, our group collected a pail of litter … and a fish (yes!). Before we knew it, our instructors were hurrying us to return to shore. Our time was up.
It was truly gratifying to have this chance to do our part for the environment. And doing it with a group of like-minded people makes it even more fun. Would you like to join us in doing something #SUSStainable too? Drop us a note!
“The problems confronting humankind are daunting in their depth and complexity. While it may be hard to see where to begin—or how—we must never give in to cynicism or paralysis. We must each initiate action in the direction we believe to be right. We must refuse the temptation to passively accommodate ourselves to present realities and embark upon the challenge of creating a new reality.”
Dr. Daisaku Ikeda.