Today, 20 May is World Bee Day. Small, hardworking and often forgotten in urbanised Singapore, we forget that our well-being depends upon the existence of bees.
The humble bee and other pollinators like butterflies, birds and nectar bats are under threat from human activities and are on an alarming decline worldwide.
The decline of bees affects us all and it is critical to halt the loss of pollinators and biodiversity. To do so, we must protect the last of our wilderness areas and ecosystems.
“Pollination is fundamental for the survival of our ecosystems. Nearly 90% of the world’s wild flowering plant species depend on animal pollination, along with more than 75% of the world’s food crops and 35% of global agricultural land. Not only do pollinators contribute directly to food security, but they are key to conserving biodiversity.”
How you can help to protect our wild bees:
Flowers for bees – plant different native plants which flower at different times of the year.
Go natural – avoid chemical pesticides, fungicides or herbicides in your gardens. Use environmentally friendlier methods and sprays. Protect wild bee habitats, colonies and hives where possible.
Protect and conserve forests and other natural ecosystems which are crucial habitats and food sources of bees.
Raise and share awareness on the importance of bees.
We are still open for submissions, so keep them coming! Please note that only designs featuring native, endangered wildlife will be eligible.
To commemorate World Endangered Species Day, Cicada Tree Eco-Place is pleased to announce a poster design contest open to all children in Singapore between the ages of 6-8 and 9-11. Simply draw or design a poster featuring our endangered native wildlife with the slogan “Protect Our Last Wilderness” for a chance to win a prize!
Question: Who can participate?
Answer: Students/Children residing in Singapore between the ages of 6 years to 11 years.
Question: What must I draw or paint?
Answer: Endangered native wildlife (animal or plant) of Singapore.
To be eligible, students’ artwork must depict a native land or ocean-dwelling animal species that either lives in or migrates through Singapore and its waters, or a plant that is found in Singapore, and has been placed on the threatened or endangered species list.
To be eligible, students’ artwork must depict a native land, freshwater or sea-dwelling animal or plant species of Singapore and its surrounding waters, and which is in Singapore’s threatened, endangered or extinct species list.
Examples of locally endangered or extinct animals are: Singapore Freshwater Crab, Horseshoe Crab, Jade Tree Snail, Fluted Giant Clam,
i. The campaign slogan – “Protect Our Last Wilderness”,
ii. A simple conservation message (not more than 15 words) on your posters that would encourage others to protect the chosen wildlife.
iii. Name of chosen wildlife on artwork.
Question: How should I submit my poster design?
Answer: Your Scanned Poster should be submitted by accessing Jotform with the buttons in red above and below. Make sure to fill in your name, age and tell us why you picked your animal/plant.
Question: By when must I submit?
Answer: You must submit your artwork by 30 June, 2020. Late entries will not be judged.
Question: What are the prizes?
Answer: 6 Top entries will be selected for the following prizes:
Top 3 entries (6 to 8 Category)
$50 book voucher and a book prize
Top 3 entries (9 to 11 Category)
One-year free family membership at Nature Society (Singapore) worth $75 and a book prize.
IMPORTANT: All 6 Top entries, and any other number of selected entries may be featured on Cicada Tree Eco-Place official website and/or other media platforms. By participating, you consent to having your poster design published with artist’s name, age, conservation message and description of artwork included.
Question:Where and when will the winning entries be announced?
Answer: Results will be published on the official website of Cicada Tree Eco-Place between 13 – 15 July 2020 or earlier.
Winning participants will be notified via email on delivery or collection of their prizes.
Question: What is Cicada Tree Eco-Place
Answer: We are a non-profit, non-governmental organisation run entirely by a group of volunteer educators and environmentalists.
Co-founded in 2006 by a group of five Singaporeans, and supported by volunteer educators, conservationists, environmentalists, eco-artists and wildlife activists, it was formally registered as a society the following year in 2007.
The society was formed in urgent response to the alarming climate change crisis and its impact on wildlife and humans. It advocates for the protection of our precious natural heritage and seeks to educate the youth and communities about eco-living to combat global warming.
To make a difference for wildlife, we have dedicated our efforts to building bridges between the public and our spectacular biodiversity. With this in mind, we champion environmentally-friendly practices that are both impactful and practical, to individuals and organisations alike.