Friday, March 22, 2013

On global networks and solving problems

Global Issues Network.
Such a meaningful title for a club that is passionate about solving the issues that affect everyone. Poverty, lack of education, digital divides, global warming, natural disasters – you name the issue, and I assure you – GIN members worldwide are making an effort to raise awareness and funds to make a difference in the world.

I’m the new communications director of our club, so I have insight to the different activities, fundraisers, and awareness campaigns that are planned. We have an action committee and a planning committee that each break off into their own subsections and meet every Thursday at 9:30 am. One of the big first steps we are taking is organizing a guest speaker series; Mr. Jack Sim, founder of the World Toilet Organization, has the honor of initiating this exciting venture. He’s probably one of the few people in the world that passionately take global action to improve sanitation; he is based in Singapore and we’re extremely excited to have him talk to our school on April 5th.

In the action committee, we have groups that are dedicated to helping the disabled and neglected and even one that is attempting to make restaurants in Singapore more eco-friendly. One of the newer committees is the environment one, in conjunction with 350 is a global grassroots movement that attempts to unite people worldwide in getting carbon dioxide levels back  to the health 350 parts per million. It’s a unique, truly global venture as 181 countries have pledged allegiance to  I was shocked to not find Singapore on the map of committed world citizens. SAS is now proud to announce the first 350 chapter in Singapore. I really hope 350 continues to grow, working with the environmental club  at our school (SAVE), as we all walk on the receding path to a more sustainable future.

I recently wrote an article for the Singapore American newspaper on 350: . Click on  the March edition and on page 9 is my article.
Here’s an excerpt:
Extreme weather. Dying species. Rising water levels. Acidic oceans. Choking city air. Take a look at the headlines that have made news in 2012 and this first month of 2013. What do these mean? Why is it so important that we look at these short phrases that summarize the world’s ecological and environmental state right now and feel a sense of dread? The answer is simple. The world needs our help and we need to respond soon. There are so many places to start. You can take a stab at saving the endangered arctic fox or simply monitor the length of time you leave your lights on. No action is insignificant. Whether good or bad, every step you make in this world does leave an impact.  Students sometimes wonder how we can do our part and whether it will meaningfully and positively affect this small part of the world. But with organized networks that extend their hands to passionate people worldwide, like the Global Issues Network (GIN) and, we can find the support we need to share ideas and make a difference in this world.

Another quick reminder: Earth hour. Do your part at 8:30 pm tonight. Visit for more information on how you can help.

Happy weekend  to my fellow environmental enthusiasts!

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