Held annually on 22 April, Earth Day is commemorated internationally with the message of protecting our home planet from threats such as global warming and climate change. Besides participating in Earth Hour, and making the effort to form more eco-friendly habits, you can also take part in Earth Day activities that are not only fun but educational. Here are some activities to try and places to visit where you can do your bit for the Earth, regardless of age!
1. SAFRA Tampines x Renew Deli Collaboration
Located at SAFRA Tampines, Renew Deli offers a meat-free menu with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options available. The cosy cafe tries to choose the most sustainable option possible, whether it’s selecting ingredients for their nourishing food or the packaging for their takeaway orders.
From 22 April to 31 May, Renew Deli will be giving away complimentary collapsible cups to customers when they purchase any drink at their outlet (dine-in or takeaway) to commemorate Earth Day. As an added bonus, returning customers will receive a $0.50 discount if they buy any drink using the collapsible cup.
SAFRA members receive a 10% discount
1A Tampines St 92, #01-15 (main corridor next to carpark, open to public), SAFRA Tampines
More info at www.safra.sg/amenities-offerings/renew-snacks-garage
2. Science Centre Singapore
Earth Day is the perfect reason to take a trip to the Science Centre, as it has several permanent exhibitions dedicated to educating visitors on our amazing environment and why we should do our part to protect it.
At the Science Centre’s Ecogarden, explore a living laboratory of plants and animals in their natural habitats. The Ecogarden has been kept as natural as possible, providing the perfect environment for these forces of nature to thrive naturally. You will definitely learn more about the plants and animals you see every day and maybe even discover something you have never seen before!
The Earth Alive exhibition engages your senses through various exhibits where you can literally get a feel for some of the Earth’s physical functionings. This permanent exhibition was created as a collaboration with the Earth Observatory of Singapore and teaches you about climate change and how the Earth’s changes impact our lives.
15 Science Centre Rd
More info at www.science.edu.sg
3. Ground-Up Initiative @ Kampung Kampus
Why just have Earth Day when you can have Earth Month instead? Ground-Up Initiative based at Kampong Kampus has a whole range of workshops for the month of April, all of which will bring some joy to your day and let you take away some valuable lessons about saving the environment.
From sensory farm tours and baking your own pizza in an earth oven or making organic sourdough bread, to learning to craft stools, handphone speakers, toy cars, pinhole cameras (above) and even laptop stands, there’s a workshop to suit your taste and show your support for this group in their mission to create a more sustainable future.
91 Lor Chencharu
More info at bit.ly/guievents
4. Alongside Nature – Forest Bathing and Fun Painting with Flower Tea
A recurring event occurring throughout April in honour of Earth Day, this special forest bathing series is a unique activity to celebrate and connect with Mother Earth. On your two-hour experience, you will be guided and accompanied by a certified forest therapy guide.
Reduce the stress of busy city life by learning to focus on sensory connections as you walk through the forest. Then, you will create art using natural inks made from flower tea and as a memento of your experience, all participants will get to bring home a curated flower tea blend from Tea Buds as well.
As this experience takes on a slower and quieter pace, this is the perfect chance for you to relax and reconnect with nature. No prior hiking experience is required to enjoy this journey.
1 Cluny Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens (Exact meeting location will be provided in the information kit)
More info at xiunatureconnections.com/joinanexperience/forestbathing-paintingwithtea
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Main photo: Ground-Up Initiative (GUI) Facebook