Join us for a day of Inspiring Stories of Everyday People

Making Change Real

16.NOV.2019 | 2PM TO 5pm

roOm 903 ntuc centre

We understand that climate change is real and that bold action is needed urgently.


Yet so many of us find it so hard to change even the smallest of our behaviors and habits.


Why?

One of the main barriers blocking us from making the change in our lifestyle is simply this:


We DON’T BELIEVE we can. 


Sometimes, the change may seem overwhelming...


Like giving up the car. Or eating less meat. 


Or it may even feel counter-intuitive; like when we hear the mantra "less is more" 


Or when we are told to pay a premium for eco-friendly or organic products.


And when we look around and we see friends and loved ones going about their lives business as usual...it's no surprise we'd invariably stick our heads back into our little holes and continue living our unenvironmental lives.


We believe that to change our behavior, we need to first change our beliefs!


And to change our beliefs, we need new stories. 


Stories that we tell one another and more importantly stories that we tell ourselves.


And when these stories are relatable and authentic, we'll begin to believe that we can make the change too.


So if you're ready to write or rewrite these stories, then join us for a day of inspiring stories of everyday people who have made change REAL in their lives and in their communities.

Featured Stories and Speakers

Komal Lad

Komal is 19 years old but already she has left an indelible mark on the climate advocacy scene in Singapore by organizing the first Climate Rally in Hong Lim Park. Like many young people, she watched Greta Thunberg and millions of students all around the world lend their voices in support of climate action. She was inspired and wanted Singaporean voices to be counted too. And when she found that there was no available platforms in Singapore where young people could express their support for the planet, she decided to step forward and create one. Komal will share her story of how the actions of one person can inspire a community to come together to make a difference.

ZahRA Aly

A 13 year old student who aspires to be an eco-entrepreneur. Together with her younger brother & sister, she has started a home business that collects recyclable materials such as old newspaper and empty plastic bottles from her neighbors. She has been doing this consistently for more than 5 years. And as a result, she has not only helped her neighbors build recycling into their lifestyles but she has also deepened her own understanding and conviction to do her part to protect the planet. She will share her story of why she does what she does and what she has learnt along this journey.

Nur Friday

An early childcare educator. Nur is passionate about helping our young understand the climate crisis but in a way that leaves them with hope. She has curated a rich collection of child-friendly materials and has even made a short video on the global plastic crisis as seen through the eyes of children. She will share her personal journey of change as well as the lessons she has learnt on how we can help young children understand climate change best.

Steven chua

Steven is the father of 11 year old Oliver Chua, the youngest speaker at the recent Climate Rally at Hong Lim Park. Many who has seen Oliver speak are surprised by his mature understanding of climate change as well as his conviction to make a difference. But those who know his father - Steven may not be so surprised. Like any parent, Steven wishes for nothing more than for his children to achieve their full potential and to be able to contribute back to society. He will share with us how he first discovered Oliver's passion for the environment as well as how he has tried to support his son in his journey as an environmental advocate.

Nazzer

Nazzer is a father of 5 who believes that "nature is the best teacher". Through his work with URBAN HIJAU (an social enterprise that promote permaculture & urban farming) as well as CANGKUL (a local business that helps schools and community design, build and operate green spaces), Nazzer has been active in helping the community learn to appreciate nature; and in doing so, we can better understand the wisdom and beauty inherent in natural systems. He will share with us his story on why he has chosen to dedicate his time and resources to his cause.

shu heng

Shu Heng - A JC student who is passionate about recycling and actively volunteers with JOE Alliance and other eco groups. Shu Heng comes from Shanghai where sorting of waste was made mandatory earlier this year. He witnessed how his community changed almost overnight. But here in Singapore where sorting of waste is not mandatory and recycling is so convenient, yet our recycling rates are abysmally low. This contradiction was hard to reconcile, especially for a teenager to whom freedom to choose is sacrosanct. But somehow it reinforced his conviction to do his part for the environment. Shu Heng will share how his experience in Singapore and Shanghai has shaped his mindset and actions.

tan yi han

Co-Founder of PM Haze. Yi Han describes himself as someones who does not have much self-confidence. But his actions describe a very different person. When the haze first enveloped Singapore in 2013, instead of complaining, Yi Han chose to go to the front line and help fight the fires. What he saw convinced him that, instead of being the cause of the problem, the farmers were victims themselves. Thereafter, Yi Han spent several months living with various NGOs and the farmers to better understand the circumstances that led them to choose to slash and burn. While not all his questions were answered during the trip, it gave him the motivation, courage and hope to do something he never thought was possible. Yi Han will share his story founding PM Haze as well as his personal journey of growth.

cho ming xiu

Ming Xiu is the founder and Executive Director of Campus PSY (Peer Support for Youth) which is a non-profit that promotes mental health awareness and peer support. Through this work, he has seen how impactful purpose-driven young people can be in creating positive change. But he also understands how stressful that journey can be for those advocating for change; especially when the task seems impossible or when it feels like no one cares enough. Ming Xiu will share his journey championing for change and doing it from a place of love and empathy.

Programme for the day

Time

Programme

13:00

Registration

14:00

Welcome and Ice Breaker

14:05

Introduction

14:10

Eco-Ambassador Speeches

15:00

Refreshments Break

15:15

Eco-Ambassador Speeches

15:45

Panel Discussion and Audience Sharing

16:45

Token of Appreciation & Group Photo

16:50

Closing Address

17:00

End

Time

Programme

13:00

Registration

14:00

Welcome and Ice Breaker

14:05

Introduction

14:10

Eco-Ambassador Speeches

15:00

Refreshments Break

15:15

Eco-Ambassador Speeches

15:45

Panel Discussion and Audience Sharing

16:45

Token of Appreciation & Group Photo

16:50

Closing Address

17:00

End

400+ 

Community

8

Eco-Ambassador Stories

100+ 

Changemakers Sharing

5000+ 

Everyday Leaders in (Singapore)

You don't have to go at it alone

The path to change isn't easy. But it doesn't have to be a lonely one.


And when you tap into a community of people who understand the challenges you face...who say "me too" instead of silently waiting for you to throw in the towel and say "I told you so"...you unlock a new world of possibilities.

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