Yes. We are finally one year old in Singapore!.
I remember when I first joined Guardians of Mother Earth in Singapore. I wasn’t a GREEN person. In my previous work, I could easily use and discard 1 metric tonne of paper to do one trial project for a new packaging. Not realising that it is equivalent to killing 17 trees in just 4 hours! There are also other toxic inks and material that we used for that project, which also affecting the environment as they seep into our ecosystem. Contaminating the environment, by destroying some the natural habitat of all animals and marine life.
It was through Awaken ~ The Divine You Program with Master Umesh H. Nandwani that changed my life. Master Umesh has taught me how to connect with my heart. With an open heart, I felt my deep connection with Mother Earth. Like all mothers, I could feel Mother Earth’s love for us, inhabitants on earth. It is with this love, I turned into a Guardian. A Guardian of Mother Earth.
From ignorance, I started caring for Mother Earth, my awareness expanded. I began noticing things that I never knew before. For example, in one of the beach clean-up campaign, I was shocked to pick up 2 bags full of plastic straws in Singapore’s shore. Then I met the rest with our collection of garbage, it turned out not only me, but almost everyone there collected bags full of straws.
Few weeks after the event, I saw this video (shared below) how a sea turtle suffered from straw struck in its nose.
I cringed how many more marine wildlife has suffered as a result of our “convenience lifestyle”. Painfully it stirred me to organize the following clean-up campaign in July 2017 with the theme of marine wildlife. The objective of this campaign was to spread greater environmental awareness to more people.
“Calling volunteers to share their loves and care to help to protect our ocean. To clean-up our shorelines and waterway so our animal friends can have a safer home to live.”
Photo: GME Beach Clean Up in July 2017
I am still not perfect. But that is OK. Being Green is a journey. A journey of self-discovery. I started my journey by taking small steps. And I would like to invite you to join me in taking our small steps, gradually shift our habits and practices to bring BIG change in our society. Be the change you want to see in the world. Start taking ownership of our actions and join us in empowering others.
Written by: Yii Hui Lee
About Guardians of Mother Earth Singapore
Guardians of Mother Earth is a green initiative set up by a community group in The Golden Space. It started with a group of people who love and care for planet earth; witnessing the destruction of the environment all over the world, they come together to make a difference.
First founded in 2015, it now has 3 chapters in 3 different countries: Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia; each with its own regional missions and events. Together we aim to bring awareness and create a connection with planet earth from our hearts all over the world through simple actions and mindfulness.
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