Keeping our Waterways Clean
Waterways Watch Society (Singapore), a non-profit environment stewardship group, was formed in 1998, the year my scout group, Soaring Eagles, was started. This makes the time I spend in WWS all the more meaningful.
Our core values in WWS is Interconnectedness, Sustainability, and Ownership. While I do member patrols on a monthly basis, I also involve myself as support staff at corporate events when assistants are needed.
During these events, the main aim is to share our goal (our belief is to aim towards zero waste and zero carbon footprint) and mission with members of the public. We aim not only to clean the waterways, but also to increase awareness of the problem of litter, but also of what we can do.
A positive way towards reducing waste is to target the root - creation of waste. If we all refuse waste, stop supporting senseless packaging (e.g. share packs, while allowing us to share goodies hygienically, create extra waste which may end up in our waterways).
To date, I have been on 16 patrols and 6 public events. Patrols are with my scout family. During public events, I support the staff by being a rubbish manager. The most eventful public event I went on with WWS was when the Association for the Deaf went out on the waterways. I was paired with a hearing impaired partner, a youth of my age. Communication was difficult due to his disability, and he was seated in front of me, thus making it practically impossible for him to read my lips. It was heartwarming thou, to see that he did not let that get in his way, we still managed to collect a fair amount of litter.
I like kayak patrols because not only do I exercise, I am challenged as I clean the litter from places where the cleaners do not usually go. I like doing my part for the environment