Diving in Singapore
1,000 Kids One Resolution for the New Year
(In conjunction with Celebrate the Sea)
On 29th December 2012, Ocean Geographic Society is calling upon 1,000 children aged 7 - 15, to convene at Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore to make an important New Year resolution: Save sharks from extinction.
Together with international and local celebrities, luminaries and politicians, 1,000 children will take the "I am the future, I will not eat shark fins" pledge in Singapore. The unanimity of this message by children from this ‘hot zone’ of shark fin consumption will echo loud and clear through national and international media.
Over 73 million sharks are culled each year for the shark fin trade and other shark-related products. This is unsustainable. Some sharks are already regionally extinct in the waters of South East Asia. Sharks are the cheetahs and lions of the ocean; without them, the ocean will eventually collapse.
Singapore is one of the biggest consumers of shark fins in Asia. As the regional centre for the shark fin trade, this project accentuates the solidarity of Singapore children, adults, and non-government organisations in one message, “I am the future, I will not eat shark fins”.
Our children are our hope for healthier oceans. This is a definitive campaign for children to inspire the public in Singapore and the communities all over Asia to protect these sentinel animals from extinction.
Children’s Art Competition to Save Sharks – Call for Entries
In conjunction with the 1000 Kids’ One Message event, entries are invited for the 2012 Celebrate the Sea’s Children’s Art competition.
Children aged between 7 - 15 have until 28th October 2012 to enter this international competition (now in its 11th year). Participants will be required to submit a painting on an A3 sized art paper – the painting should promote a greater affection for sharks. Children are encouraged to promote new ideas on how to give sharks a friendlier image. Why are sharks important? What if our oceans are without sharks?
The top fifty finalists from the first round will be invited to participate in the finals on 29th December 2012 at Resorts World Sentosa. The winning piece will be turned into a special edition poster to promote conservation of sharks in Singapore.
The Grand Prize for the Final round will be awarded to the overall winner who will be named Children’s Artist of the Sea. The winner will receive a trophy and S$880 contribution to an education fund.
To enter the art competition, please register at www.CelebratetheSea.com
To register your child for 1000 Kids’ One Message event, please visit the website at www.1000Kidsonemessage.org
*The 1000 Kids’ One Message project only seeks support from like-minded corporations with robust CSR values in technology, education and conservation. If you would like to support this project, please contact - info@OGSociety.org The 1000 Kids’ One Message event is part of the NO SHARK FINS SINGAPORE 2013 campaign.
Diving in Singapore
Sea Hounds Honored as the Best in Environmental Excellence
Sea Hounds Singapore has clinched the Singapore Environmental Achievement Awards 2012 for its green practices and environmental leadership.
The Singapore-based non-governmental organization, Singapore Environment Council announced the winners of six categories of its annual award. Winners included big name companies like the maker of Singapore’s Tiger beer brand, IBM, Malaysian conglomerate YTL Corporation and environmental chemical firm Hydroemission.
Sea Hounds, a local PADI Five Star National Geographic dive centre won the Nissan Leaf Singapore Environmental Achievement Award for Services. Marine conservation and environmental responsiblity have always been central to the Sea Hounds business philosophy. The small team work incredibly hard to ensure this eco concept trickles down from employees to customers and their business partners.
Talking about the award, Stephen Beng, PADI Course Director and Sea Hounds owner said, “Small business owners shouldn’t harp on size as a barrier to environmental performance. Being responsible boils down to a company’s objectives and procedures, and how it communicates them.”
Beng was formally presented with the award during a special ceremony with the Singapore Minister of Environment and Water Resources, Dr. Vivian Balakrishan last Thursday 23rd August.
Added Beng, "As our global consumption increases, conservation is urgent. Our hope is for all to take ownership of local resources and nature, to appreciate the foreword planning of our government, and to start being responsible for daily choices and actions. To our crew and partners, keep up the good work! "
Project AWARE Foundation Director and Vice President of PADI Asia Pacific, Henrik Nimb was present at the ceremony. "Sea Hounds has dedicated 12 years to environmental conservation in Singapore. It's great to see one of our top leaders recognised for their efforts to secure a healthy future for generations to come. We're proud to work alongside you," said Nimb.
We couldn't agree more with Sea Hounds approach to ocean protection - thank you for everything you do to protect our ocean planet and congratulations from us all.”
Diving in Singapore
ADEX 2011 - Asia Dive Expo
The scuba diving event of the year is here again! The Asia Dive Expo (ADEX) 2011 is an event you’d have to attend – whether you’re a professional or aspiring scuba diver, a photographer or an activist, because ADEX 2011 is for anyone with a passion for the underwater realm.
Interested to see what’s happening in the scuba diving world? You can expect a whole smorgasbord of activities and events at the show: join diving experts as they share their experiences and expertise, meet-and-greet dive industry ‘stars’, treat your senses to visually-stunning ocean-themed works of art, give freediving a go with a world record freediver, win great prizes from daily lucky draws… The list goes on!
ADEX 2011 is also dedicated to turtles. The show provides opportunities to address the need to protect the threatened species, and what we can do to help give them a voice. Be enlightened and educated as you hear from the ‘turtle experts’, and even get the chance to meet them in the flesh!
Make your way down to Suntec City, Hall 404, on 22nd – 24th April 2011 and visit PADI at booth A13.
See you at the show!