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How did you first get involved in working for nature in Singapore?
I had always wanted do something environment since college days, but I guess there was lack of time and I was not familiar with any green groups. However, 2 years ago, I joined a training session to become a nature guide at Pulau Ubin conducted by the Green Volunteers Network. It was great fun and I signed up immediately with GVN, from then on, I've made time to be active in their green activities, and I've not looked back since then.
What do you get out of working for nature?
Working for nature walks can be seriously therapeutic because going for walks allows me to get away from tall HDB flats and crowded shopping centres and experience the green which always makes me feel ten times lighter, spiritually and physically!
And of course new friends! I also meet like-minded people, not just in Singapore but all over the world, who want to do their bit for the environment. That really gets me encouraged and fires me up to do more for the environment!
What are some of your current projects?
Nature walks: Right now, I'm still active doing nature walks at Pulau Ubin and Changi Board Walk and I want to continue doing it even through my semester in the National Institute of Education, I plan to bring more trainee teachers out for walks and hopefully they will share my love for nature.
Labrador Park Watch: Am now coordinating volunteers help protect the corals at Labrador Park (More details about the Watch programme and how you can help). The corals, the last surviving few on main island, are threatened by fish hobbyists who poach the corals to beautify their aquariums. We are trying to put a stop to this and need all the help we can get. Volunteers come before 7.00am in the morning on the days when there are low tides.
Should you be keen on volunteering to be part of the Labrador Park Watch Team please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
For information on GVN activties please log on to the GVN website or email email@example.com
Mindy is 26 and and is currently a trainee teacher at the National Institute of Education. She is among the core volunteers at the Green Volunteer Network and is Chairperson of the NIE Green Club; email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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