Coastal Cleanup @Pasir Ris Park
We would like to express our sincerest gratitude to you all for taking time out of your busy schedules to help clean up the environment.
On the 15th December 18, we went down to Pasir Ris Park clear the beach of any trash. Volunteers were issued cotton gloves, tongs, as well as biodegradable trash bags so as to reduce the possible environmental impact the cleanup could bear. Shortly after the cleanup, one of our coordinators, Ni Qing, shared with us some valuable insights on the topic of plastic usage and recycling before we proceeded to sort and recycle the trash accordingly.
Most people know that plastics do not biodegrade. However, the worst part of it is that they will continue to break down into smaller pieces and eventually end up as microplastics that would re-enter our environment, making it tedious to be differentiated from other natural matter. Slowly but surely, our lives will be adversely affected as they get into our food and water sources.
Can you guess what’s that in the photo?
“A volunteer thought it was a plastic bag and wanted to pick it up. However, it started moving in the bag so she quickly put it back into the water. So, if we, as humans, who have the ability to think, analyze and differentiate, can’t do so at first glance, how would sea creatures be able to distinguish them? Other sea creatures would just gulp the plastic bags down, thinking they are jelly fishes!” - Xiujian, our Project CPR team member
This observation was appalling but true and it is happening every second as you are reading this. To minimize the impact of plastics towards marine life, we need to be conscious about our use of disposable plastics, and REDUCE, reuse, and recycle, as much as we possibly can!