‘I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.’
– The Lorax.
The Lorax is one of Dr. Seuss’ most beloved characters, and for a good reason — his message is one that we can all identify with, summarising why we do what we do here at Raffles One Earth.
As one of the service CCAs in the school, we have a vision to nurture students’ interest and involvement in environmental issues, as well as to provide club members with opportunities for environmental service and advocacy. In addition, we also aim to create avenues for members of the school population to perform environment-related service.
One Earth members meet every Friday from 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm. Mostly, club meetings are spent planning, organising and executing Student-Initiated Projects (or SIPs). Each SIP group will consist of anywhere from 2 to 5 students, and members can choose to take on any number of SIPs. Likewise, there are no limits in choosing the focus of one’s SIP, so long as it is environmentally-related. As you can imagine, SIP is a very flexible avenue where you can realise green ideas, and spread your passion to the larger community. One Earth has seen our members produce a diverse range of SIPs: from teaching students about urban greenery in a classroom, to taking students out into the Botanic Gardens for a photo marathon.
However, members have more to look forward to than just SIPs; beyond SIPs, all One Earth members have the opportunity to take part in organising school events such as Inter-House-Competitions, as well as club outings and projects, by providing ideas and making important decisions as a club. It is through such activities that we discover new interests and bond with one another.
Our activities aren’t just confined to school projects. One Earth members have also participated in various volunteering projects arranged by the Nature Society Singapore and other such organisations. Highlights include mangrove salvaging at Kranji and the Horseshoe Crab Rescue and Research Program. We also take part in environmental events, such as the Festival of Biodiversity and Ubin Day. Participating in such larger-scale events and programmes not only gives members the opportunity to widen their field of environmental interest, but also lets them meet like-minded peers while getting first-hand experience at the frontline of environmental conservation.
We are a highly student-driven CCA; the activities done in One Earth are largely dictated by the members. SIPs are dynamic and flexible enough to be tailored to the interests of members, allowing them to explore their passions. There is no prerequisite for joining One Earth, so long as you have a dedicated passion for the environment and service. Those willing to take the initiative to do more will surely find the experience a rewarding one.
Our CCA selection process will involve only a short interview. Do join us if you are interested and we look forward to meeting you!