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Over 1,000 “green” pledges and two Singapore Book of Records challenges broken

Written By David D'Angelo on Saturday, July 12, 2008 | 7/12/2008

SINGAPORE – The Double A RE-live! @ Atrium carnival concluded June 16 at The Atrium @ Orchard. Organised by the Environmental Challenge Organisation (Singapore), the 11-day environmentally-themed carnival was launched on World Environment Day, June 5, 2008, by Mr. Teo Ser Luck, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Community Development, Youth and Sports, and has pulled together more than 1,000 pledges to practise alternative modes of transport and the “7 Easy Green Habits”.

The Double A-sponsored carnival is the largest collaboration between students, governmental and non-governmental organisations and the corporate sector in Singapore. The event was co-organised by students from Earthlink NTU, RJC One Earth, SMU Verts and Youth Connection X. The purpose of the event was to educate and inform the public on the importance of leading more environmentally sustainable lifestyles through a wide variety of events and activities.

One of the key attractions, the Bike-a-thon, managed to clock over 22,000 km of distance on bicycles. For the equivalent distance travelled, an average car would have emitted 4,400 kg of CO2. The objective of this event was to gain public support for more eco-friendly modes of transports like cycling through participation. In addition, the carnival saw two Singapore Book of Records challenges broken. Participants managed to set new records for the longest distance travelled on stationary bicycles for six and 12 hours.

Mr Teng Weixiong won a pair of tickets to a private island on Phuket, Thailand, for having pledged to adopt the “7 Easy Green Habits”. This was proudly sponsored by Double A.

According to Mr Xu Yang, 24, Director for Bike-a-thon, “We hope that the Bike-a-thon experience has taught people in Singapore to make more informed choices of the various modes of transport they use everyday. I am glad that the people who took part walked away with this valuable message”.

Another highlight of the carnival was the Green Mile walk which promoted another eco-friendly transport alternative. About 100 participants took part in the 5.5 km walk on June 8, Sunday.

“Organising this walk was very satisfying as it allowed me to share with the participants the many green conservation areas in Singapore’s central district where one can escape to at anytime of the day,” said Ms. Shauna Khoo, Director of the Green Mile walk.

“This is the first time that such a large-scale activity has been initiated and organised by young people,” said Mr. Jeevaneswaran Ramoo, Project Chairman of Double A RE-live! @ Atrium. “It went well with support from several partners in both the public and private sectors. Given the success of the outreach for this event, we hope to hold it again in coming years”

The event has reached out to more than 10,000 members of the public throughout the 11 days of the carnival with events such as a bazaar, contests and games.

For video and photographs of the event, you can find them on:
http://www.facebook.com/video/?oid=6718125635#/group.php?gid=6718125635

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Environmental Challenge Organisation (Singapore) is the leading youth-led non-governmental social enterprise advocating sustainable lifestyle for youths across a network of seven Commonwealth Countries and 15 Singapore-based environmental non-profit groups.

Operationalised in 2005, ECO Singapore aims to challenge youths of age 17-35 to adopt a sustainable lifestyle and embrace environmental issues holistically. ECO Singapore also actively drives and support both local and global environmental initiatives by involving other environmental stakeholders.
For more information: http://www.eco-singapore.org

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