CORPORATE

Engaging youth

to protect the planet

Jan 08, 2020

It has been a good year on the eco-front for Samsung C&T Construction Group’s Asia-Pacific Regional Office (APRO). Having been awarded Eco-Office Elite status by the Singapore Environment Council in June, APRO recently organized a youth initiative aimed at protecting the environment for future generations.

 

APRO staff and local children gathered at a nearby recycling center for a guided tour and activities geared towards minimizing waste through five Rs – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle.

 

Samsung C&T’s APRO staff gather with TOUCH Young Arrows kids for an eco-awareness day in Singapore.
Samsung C&T’s APRO staff gather with TOUCH Young Arrows kids for an eco-awareness day in Singapore.

 

 

‘Young Arrows’ to the rescue

 

APRO staff and kids from charity TOUCH Young Arrows (TYA) set out for Tzu Chi Eco-Awareness Centre on Saturday morning, November 23. The Eco-Awareness Centre is Singapore’s only recycling facility that operates six days a week, while TYA runs programs on Saturdays with the goal of nurturing and sharpening young people like arrows to make a positive impact on society.

 

Having gathered at the Eco-Awareness Centre, the group took a tour to learn about the impact everyday food, fashion, and housing choices make on looming environmental challenges – and to drive home the message, they also participated in some interactive activities. For instance, they fished for trash while considering the harmful effects of plastic pollution on marine life. Speaking of wildlife, they even fed a model cow to see how methane emissions from livestock farming can add up.

 

Children from TOUCH Young Arrows experience interactive activities at Tzu Chi Eco-Awareness Centre to better understand the way plastic pollution affects marine life.
Children from TOUCH Young Arrows experience interactive activities at Tzu Chi Eco-Awareness Centre to better understand the way plastic pollution affects marine life.

 

The children each had passports with questions to answer at five different stations before receiving stamps to complete their tasks. At the end of all the activities, they were each rewarded with a hearty meal, as well as a school bag and lunchbox for the upcoming academic year.

 

Other activities at the Eco-Awareness Centre included a demonstration of livestock farming’s impact on methane emissions and recycling guidance.
Other activities at the Eco-Awareness Centre included a demonstration of livestock farming’s impact on methane emissions.

 

 

APRO’s ongoing eco-efforts

 

The day’s closing speech was offered by APRO’s Green Champion and Executive Vice President John Chang, serving as a reminder that the office has a leadership structure to ensure the fostering of environmentally friendly habits. Consistently reducing workplace waste was a big part of APRO’s Eco-Office Elite award last summer – it is one of only four offices in Singapore to have been recognized with that status.