350 Singapore held a movie screening of of the viewer-acclaimed Blue Gold: World Water Wars on 18 March 2014.

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The participants also had the opportunity to exchange their views and opinions. Some prominent participants of our activity include:


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Shannon
Shannon runs OnHand Agrarian, “the world’s first farm using Integrated Multi- Trophic Recirculating Aquaculture Systems for tropical marine species”. Quoting from the website, “Agrarian is being designed and built to raise & harvest seafood more efficiently, cheaply, humanely, cleanly and profitably than anything we’ve done previously. Any aquaculture company must respect the fact that when you grow fish, you accidentally grow hundreds of other animals as well. At Agrarian, we take advantage of that fact and use it to grow crabs, prawns, lobsters, oysters, mussels, clams and seaweed along with our fish. All at the same cost it would take our competitors just grow just one of those animals.”

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Kathy
Kathy, previously a teacher, founded an ecotourism business called The Dorsal Effect. The social enterprise mission is to “provide future generations with a chance to still see sharks alive while using ecotourism as a tool to end the exploitations of fishermen”. The Dorsal effect does this through providing “one day boat trips using shark boats for tourists. This provides an alternative, sustainable and equitable livelihood foe shark fishermen. The Dorsal Effect also sells sharks themed merchandises and offers tour packages to Lombok from Singapore”.

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Veronica
Veronica is a Greening Consultant at InTouch Concepts. She plays her part to ensure sustainability by converting hotels and businesses with an alternative method of cleaning which does not require the use of toxic chemicals, is green and environmentally friendly. How does she do this? By using ENJO products which allows one to clean with just using water. You can find out more about the science behind the materials and the various ENJO products manufactured in its headquarter in Austria here or simply visit the Singapore website here.

Aside from the discussion of the documentary screening, we also touched on a few other local issues.

  • Singapore manages its water demand and supply through a close loop system. Brief overview here.
  • There was a time where collecting rainwater, except in pails for household use, was illegal in Singapore. However, in recent years, it has been made official that we can (a) harvest rainwater (b) recycle greywater (c) reuse seawater. There is a list of conditions and guidelines, so do check out this PUB link and follow those terms in the event you do decide to collect rainwater 🙂
  • The eco-friendly Buddhist temple mentioned yesterday which collects rainwater is Poh Er Shih Temple. Check out a good cover of the temple’s green feature here. Mr Lee the current chairman is super friendly, drop by the temple and find out more about the temple and his personal stories.

Overall, the our participants had a great time examining water issues in a global and regional context. We hope to see everyone back at future 350 activities!