International Coastal Cleanup, Singapore


About the Cleanup

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International Reports

The Ocean Conservancy report (Mar 2011),
"Tracking Trash: 25 Years of Action for the Ocean." - online link; 59mb pdf

UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Ocean Conservancy released the report (June 2009),
"Marine Litter: A Global Challenge." - link

Click to view and download larger images from Flickr or the TIFF file for printing at A0 size.

The Curse of Plastics! (tiff)

The Curse of Marine Litter (tiff)

10 years of mangrove
cleanups in the Johor Straits,

(1997-2006) (tiff)


Video and Audio

The Kranji Mangrove Cleanup 2004, A video by Wesley Wong. 5 min 40s.

News Radio Interview, 2002
Donna Cheng of NewsRadio FM93.8's Living Room chats with Kate Thome (ICCS founder) and Airani S. (Data Manager) about the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore (4th January 2005). Part 1 (11.4 MB), Part 2 (14.8 MB), Part 3 (11.7 MB).

Capt. Charles Moore on the seas of plastic (TED Talk)
'Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation first discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch -- an endless floating waste of plastic trash. Now he's drawing attention to the growing, choking problem of plastic debris in our seas.'

MIDWAY : trailer : a film by Chris Jordan
The MIDWAY film project is a powerful visual journey into the heart of an astonishingly symbolic environmental tragedy. On one of the remotest islands on our planet, tens of thousands of baby albatrosses lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic from the Pacific Garbage Patch.

A Rising Tide of Ocean Debris - Link. A promotional video from the Ocean Conservancy, 2009. 1 min 25s.

More videos, local and international featured on our blog - Link.

Magazine Articles

"Battling the curse of Marine Litter," - link
      by N. Sivasothi, Nature Watch Vol 10, No. 3 Jul-Sep 2002.

"International Coastal Cleanup (Mangrove)," - link
      by N. Sivasothi, Raffles Museum Newsletter No. 2, 15 Apr 2002.


Newspaper Articles

ICC Singapore News Blog - link to more articles (2007-)

"Here's the dirt on S'pore's beaches," - link
      by Radha Basu, The Straits Times, 5th Dec 2005.
     Article written after interviews based on the 2005 cleanup.

"Clean, Green Singapore? Not the beaches," - link
      by Radha Basu, The Straits Times, 22 Oct 2004.
     Article written after interviews based on the 2004 cleanup.

"Say no to plastic bags," - link
 by Lee U-Wen. Today, 18 Apr 2007.
     Article part of a continuing debate; Habitatnews appends related links.

Litter in drains could find way to the water supply - PUB chairman - link.
      The Straits Times, 6th Sep 2002.


Local News

News from Habitatnews
By N. Sivasothi

Coastal Cleanup news and issues - link - view.

Marine Life news and issues - link - view.

WildSingapore compilations
By Ria Tan

"Plastic bags in the news," - link.
  - efforts and discussion to reduce the use of plastic bags.

"Plastic bottles in the news," - link.
  - the discussion regarding the unnecessary use of bottled water.

"Reduce, reuse, recycle (Singapore)," - link.
   - issues, policies and discussions, including consumption.


International Resources
"Altered Oceans", Los Angeles Times' award winning
     - an excellent five part multimedia series on the marine crisis.
           - alternative link

UNEP Marine Litter Publications
     - 'a gateway for the supply and exchange of information on the
     global, regional and local problem of marine litter.'

Plastic Debris - Rivers to Sea
     - 'assessing and reducing sources of plastics and trash
     in urban runoff.'

5Gyres' Understanding Plastic Pollution
     - Summary sheet with an animation.

"Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion" (Scientists in the Field) (Hardcover), by Loree Griffin Burns. 64 pages, Houghton Mifflin (March 26, 2007). Ages 9-12.

Available at Amazon.