Tuesday, January 02, 1990

Monkey's (Green) Projects

Over the last 5 years, I've been involved in numerous projects and for fear of forgetting any one of them, I thought it would be wise to chronicle them on one page. I wouldn't call this my resume per se because I am constantly coming up with new ideas for projects which dissipate as doubts arise. So this would be the place to look out for upcoming projects as well.

In the Cranium Mills

1) W@W
Can't say too much about this now. Super hush hush and under wraps. Stay tuned for more.

Upcoming in 2008

1) The Leafmonkey Workshop
Previously known as the workshop arm of Naked Hermit Crabs, the Leafmonkey Workshop is now an independent entity. To be launched in January 2008.

2) BYEE Eco Camp
Finally the Singapore BYEE alumni is going to work on a project together! In other countries, BYEE are selected after an Eco Camp which introduce them to local issues and what not. This year, we are going to try to have our first and hopefully not our last. Not to be confused with the TICE camp though. I have some big ideas for this. Hopefully it will work! We even started a facebook group for this.

Current and Ongoing

1) Lights Out 365
This is a personal project tied in with the Daily Green Actions. I thought just lights out for 1 night for 1 or 2 hours doesn't make any impact at all. Even if it is the November Green Thing to Do. So I thought it would be more significant if I did this for 365 days. That would amount to 365 people in a normal Lights Out event. Find out how many days I've been at it below:

2) Daily Green Actions
Started this project on 9 November 2007 to chronicle my daily attempts at rethinking my daily actions and working towards a more sustainable lifestyle. Partly to also show that "environmentalists" are not saints nor perfect and that it's always a struggle but we can all do it. This monkey is no different from any other Homo sapiens. It can be done. Little things count. This went hand in hand with a new Leafmonkey twitter account. Follow my twitter updates.

3) Pedal Ubin & Pulau Ubin Stories
Have been doing this since 2003, almost exactly 4 years ago. The Pulau Ubin Stories blog started about 6 months after I joined Pedal Ubin and still afloat after all this time! This reminds me, I better go blog on PUS! To date we have been through several major events on the island, including the reopening of Kekek Quarry, the passing of the centurion headman and the opening of chek jawa boardwalk as well as many new infrastructure and facilities on the island.

4) IYOR 2008 Singapore
I am in the organizing committee or working group for the International Year of the Reefs 2008 Singapore. We are currently working on the website which is my main responsibility for now I would say. But honestly I think Ria does all the hard coding work. I designed the flat-faced nemo-butterfly fish.

5) Masters in Geography
Let's not forget my day job. I'm doing my Masters dissertation research on the impact of Singapore's vegetable consumption on the environments of neighboring producing countries. This is still the focus of my time from 2008-2009.

6) Social Media and Environmental Education
Started a group blog on the above topic on 28 Feb 2008. Hopefully this would be an opportunity to record, share and reflect on social media use in widening environmental awareness.

Past Projects (but still alive in our minds)

1) Monkey Animal Friends Fund
For my birthday in 2007, I appealed to my friends to not give me any presents but instead donate any sum of money to the ACRES Wildlife Rescue Centre (AWRC). While I was hoping to raise $6000 for the monkey enclosure, I only raised $1500 for a reptiles enclosure. We also went down to help paint the monkey enclosure. Hopefully next year the Monkey will come up with other more meaningful birthday celebration unrelated to parting with actual dollars.

2) NHC Workshops
Coordinator for the workshop arm of the Naked Hermit Crabs, we organize workshops for guides and any interested public. So far, we have conducted:
- Sharing Nature with Ordinary People with SBWR
- Blogging for Nature series with NIE Green Club
The inaugural workshop was held in September 2007 and more will be coming up in 2008! I believe we already have workshops planned throughout the year.


Applecow said...

Hey Monkey, do you have any idea where I can buy 100% recycled paper in Singapore? I can only find PaperOne which uses plantation fibre. Even so, they don't have anything less than 70gsm.

Unknown said...

Hey, your projects are interesting especially the group blog of Social Media and Environmental Education. I'm a social media fan. I believe they can potentially benefit many Singaporeans…You may want to try to create entries for your projects at Project SG?

You may be able to get some help or even resources for your projects.