The theme, “Be Eco With Me”, called for youth to minimise waste by practising the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) and influencing their family, friends and peers to do the same.
On 18 and 19 April 2014, the YED Carnival and National Youth Envirolympics Challenge were held at *SCAPE with Ci Yuan Community Centre (CC) Youth Club and Tetra Pak South East Asia Pte Ltd. It was the first ever public event held in celebration of YED since its launch in 2011.
The Carnival featured the finalists of the YED Upcycling Competition, an upcycling fair, stage performances and upcycling workshops. Ci Yuan CC Youth Club and Tetra Pak created En-world, a castle made with 60,000 used beverage cartons, to highlight the importance of recycling. The castle entered the Singapore Book of Records and Guinness World Records as the largest structure made from recycled materials.
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The theme “I Think, I Care, I Act” focused on the need for the youth to think about environmental issues, nurture their passion to care for the environment, and act to make a difference on local concerns.
The YED Art Competition was held from 8 to 12 April. Themed “My Clean Singapore”, the competition was hosted at four primary schools in the MOE North, South, East and West zones, where over 650 pupils from 72 primary schools got together to express their vision for a cleaner environment through art.
280 youths participated in the inaugural YED Forum, which was co-organised with Hemispheres Foundation, on 18 April. Participants engaged in a dialogue with then-Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, and invited speakers on the topic “Pushing Boundaries – Turning Challenges to Opportunities for a Sustainable Singapore”. After the dialogue, 80 youths further brainstormed on innovative ideas on how the youth can contribute to a sustainable Singapore in a World Café discussion.
The NGC-NEA Eco Run was held on 20 April. Close to 1,000 youth participated in the Eco Run, co-organised in partnership with the National Geographic Channel, to promote recycling efforts among the youth. Nearly 14,000 pieces of recyclables were collected in the lead up to the event. Participants also enjoyed an Eco-Carnival featuring eco-themed booths and activities as well as performances by NEA’s Eco-Music Challenge winners.