Singapore School Manila

What is The Current Clarity?

We are delighted to share a blog written by student Yvie, from The Singapore School Manila, who is part of a team delivering a Global Goals project for the 2021-22 GSL Global Goals Competition.

Their project is among over 957 social action projects currently running as part of the GSL movement and we are excited to be supporting them to design and lead positive social change in their community!

Our journey had its own bumps in the road, but that won’t stop us from going above and beyond!

Project Summary

Hello!

We are The Current Clarity. A team of Grade 8 students ages 12-14 from Singapore School Manila, based in the Philippines. Our team consists of Yvie, (Leader/Event Planner), Layla (Graphics/Design), Savannah (Social Media/Communication) and Arianna (Research/Documentation). We are a group of friends and schoolmates who joined this year’s competition in order to raise awareness on the importance of our environment, primarily oceans, due to their effects on people and the way we live.

In this year’s competition, we have taken up 5 Sustainable Development Goals:

SDG 6 — Clean Water and Sanitation
SDG 13 — Climate Action
SDG 14 — Life Below Water
SDG 16 — Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
SDG 17 — Partnerships for the Goals

Multiple dangers can occur when water bodies are mismanaged and uncared for. A good example would be the Philippines’ own Pasig River. Biologically, it has been considered dead due to all of the garbage and pollution; several factors such as homelessness and irresponsible waste disposal have contributed to its current state. As the next set of inhabitants on our planet, we aim to help however we can.

The goal of our project is to be able to successfully promote and preserve marine biodiversity! We want to be able to educate people about the issues that our seas and their inhabitants go through, despite the difficulties caused by the current pandemic. Our team wants to show others how they can contribute to the cause and pave them ways to do so.

The Journey

A race against time, every GSL team is giving their all to progress on their projects. For GoCoMotion (our team name), planning and discussing was the first step we took in kick starting our project. Achieving your goals all starts with a plan in mind.

Our first step – setting up our Instagram page! A vital step in our project as a largely social media based one. Our page allowed us to spread information regarding our flagships, collaborate with other people, and talk about important issues. With our constant grind of posting frequently, we were able to gain a satisfactory amount of traction (for the time being).

Collaboration is key in spreading the word of our goals, shared with educated, talented individuals! We have hosted multiple panels with experts on the topics of nautical life. A deep sea diver, a marine biologist – and more to come! We would describe the experience as honouring; to be able to learn such valuable information while simultaneously taking a step to further educating more people and saving the planet.

Throughout our time so far in this competition, we witnessed first-hand the vital components to achieving success: dedication and consistency. GSL takes place for over 5 months, which is a long while of added work to an already stressful academic pile. One of the greatest difficulties is burnout, but being able to work with your friends and knowing you are making a difference definitely makes the load easier to carry!

The Next Chapter

GoCoMotion still has a lot of exciting projects in store! Besides continuing with our habitual informational posts and collaborative panels, we plan to expand from digital projects into physical ones. We have already hosted a few donation drives to make these physical dreams, actually physical.

A Sneak Peak into the Future:
In partnership with the Kaibigan Foundation, we will be hosting a clean up! Following standard safety protocols, the environment will benefit from the hard efforts and teamwork of different individuals working together. In turn, the participants will be able to learn about the effects of pollution on our natural environment first hand.

Thank you for taking the time to read our Global Goals post! We hope this has sparked your interest in our project and hope to be able to educate you further through our work found below!

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