Winners of BYEE award; Sharilyn (extreme right)
(middle) Sharilyn, the winner of BYEE award
The Bayer Young Environmental Envoy 2009 program was organised by Bayer (South East Asia) Pte Ltd and UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) under the ‘Partners for Youth and Environment’ initiative, with the support of National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA) and the National Environmental Agency (NEA).
A total of 11 BYEE finalists, including myself, were shortlisted after a nationwide search and together, went on to participate in a 3-day Eco-camp to hone our knowledge on environmental issues and sustainable energy.
Following the Eco-camp, we were given 3 months in which to implement our project ideas. My environmental project involves working with Secondary Schools to create an environment conducive for students to nurture a recycling habit. Students would be encouraged to recycle paper and plastic through a competition. Art and craft workshops would also be organised to teach them how to create usable items from recycled materials. With these, I hope to nurture the recycling habit among the young. For this project, I am glad to have the assistance of members from the SP Environment Club and FOSTER in implementing this project, which is on-going.
This culminated in a project presentation before a panel of distinguished judges. The judges did not take very long to deliberate on the results and we were left on tenterhooks as we awaited their verdict. I felt a great sense of joy when I learnt that I was one of the four BYEE envoys selected to attend an all-expenses paid study trip to Germany in November 2009.
I am proud to be able to represent Singapore at this field trip as I will have the opportunity to meet with BYEE envoys from all over the world. I look forward to sharing and exchanging ideas with my peers on how we can improve environmental awareness. I am also interested to learn how other countries practice environmental protection. We may come from different backgrounds and cultures, but one thing will surely bond us together – our passionate love for our environment and determination to protect it for the next generation and generations to come.
Lim Pei Yun Sharilyn (Diploma in Biotechnology Year 3)
SP Environment Club executive committee would like to extend their heartfelt congratulations to our senior, Sharilyn. Do remember to share your learning experiences with us when you return from Germany.