In collaboration with PAssion WaVe @ Sembawang, a total of 35 NUS colleagues from the Office of Risk Management and Compliance participated in a meaningful day of education and coastal clean-up on 31 Aug 2022. The participants were split into their activity of choice, either beach clean-up on foot or beach and waterways clean-up on kayak.
Although many were drenched in perspiration, we were nevertheless grateful to have spent the morning sweating and bonding with our colleagues while cleaning up the environment. We also had the opportunity to learn and observe the detrimental effects of human actions on the environment. Plastic waste often gets ingested by the smaller fishes who do not know any better. These small fishes could then be eaten by their larger counterparts which could in turn be consumed by us. This causes the presence of microplastics in our blood which could cause health complications. Furthermore, marine life and other wild animals might get trapped by our human waste and lead to their slow death by suffocation or hunger. We learnt that it is important to be mindful of where we can cut down and how we dispose of our waste as part of our social responsibility to ensure this earth will still be as beautiful for the future generations to come.
With efficient collaboration and teamwork, ORMC collected trash amounting to a total of 1184 items with a total weight of 148 kg. Some interesting finds include a toilet seat, a teddy bear, and even a car plate and a car battery! Perhaps somewhere, under the waters, lie the rest of the car.