The 8th edition of the CDL E-Generation Challenge 2017, in partnership with GGEF, is a youth-centric competition targeted to encourage and empower youths to come up with urgent solutions against climate change. Started in 2010, the Challenge was initially used to enable youths to learn about eco tips through games in the Amazing Race format. It was revamped this year to put the spotlight on passionate youth environmental advocates. Participants were invited to write a 3,000 word essay with their proposed solutions for climate change. Ten finalists with an impressive track record and solutions were shortlisted. They ran a social media campaign to create awareness and garner support from the public, and presented their ideas to a prestigious judging panel.
The final judging was held at the Academy on 30 September. During the session, outstanding finalists give passionate presentations on their ideas to combat climate change, ranging from policy proposals to environmentally-themed arts festivals. They showcased their various talents in advocacy, events, videos, singing and music production and others. After much deliberation, a winner was selected to join Robert Swan for a 2-week expedition to Antarctica in March 2018. It is part of the Climate Force: Antarctica 2018 led by O.B.E Robert Swan, a renowned environmentalist and explorer who was the first man to walk to both North and South Poles.
Jessica Cheam, founder and Managing Editor of Eco-Business was the unanimous winner. Jessica is a well-established environmental journalist and advocate with extensive outreach to businesses and the public at large. Due to the high caliber of finalists, the judges also gave a Distinction Award to Inch Chua, a talented local singer-songwriter with a significant following in the arts communities. The award, generously co-sponsored by CDL and OCBC, will fund half her expedition cost. We believe that both winners will form a formidable force to promote solutions and expand awareness to combat climate change.
CDL E-Generation Challenge Winner 2017
Jessica Cheam is the Managing Editor of Eco-Business, an award-winning journalist, TV presenter, director, producer and a social entrepreneur.
She has more than a decade of experience in journalism with a particular expertise in sustainable development, and was formerly the political and environment correspondent for The Straits Times. She is an adjunct research associate for the Centre for Liveable Cities, a Singapore think tank focused on creating and sharing knowledge on liveable and sustainable cities. Jessica presented an episode on climate change in the Challenge Tomorrow documentary series by Channel NewsAsia which aired in March 2017 and she also directs and produces short documentaries.
She founded Eco-Business in 2009 with a vision to provide a platform for the region to discuss and advance sustainability issues. Under her leadership, Eco-Business beat other media giants to clinch the Lee Foundation Excellence in Environmental Reporting by a Media Organisation Merit Award at the Asian Environmental Journalism Awards (AEJA) 2013. In 2015, Jessica was given the AEJA’s Sustained Environmental Reporting by a Journalist Award for her efforts in contributing to environmental journalism over the last decade. She is also the published author of ‘Forging a Greener Tomorrow: Singapore’s journey from slum to eco-city’,
Follow Jessica’s journey through Antarctica through her blog, Changing Course.
CDL E-Generation Challenge Distinction Award 2017
Not afraid to venture into the discomforting umbra of the artistic unknown, Inch never fails to push her own limits and challenge popular perceptions; surprising people with her breadth of musicianship and depth of personality.
The Singapore-born, Fine Arts educated, Los Angeles/New York City inducted singer-songwriter was raised in a family of theatre practitioners, you could say, she was destined for the arts. A veteran stage performer in her own right — from major local events such as Baybeats, F1 Grand Prix, Youth Olympic Games to other lauded overseas festivals, like Beijing’s MIDI Music Festival, Incheon’s Asian Games, Western Australia Music Festival, SXSW Music Festival in Texas, CMJ Music Marathon in New York, TEDxWomen in Washington DC, etc — the self-professed nature girl has released 4 Singles, 3 EPs and 2 Full Length Albums in her 8 year long music career. Including the recent and critically acclaimed release, Letters To Ubin in 2015, inspired from her 4 month residency on a rural island, Pulau Ubin, discovering the provincial life.
Inch hope to make new music and create new works of art from her collective experiences and discoveries about Antarctica. Art that would deconstruct the mind, question hearts, dissect the soul, and inspire change.
Nor Lastrina Hamid
Lastrina is interested in social issues and how people respond to social issues. She has been volunteering in the environment scene since 2010 and has progressed to take up leadership roles in recent years.
Lastrina thinks about: How might we get people to think and act on climate change?
She Co-Founded Singapore Youth for Climate Action in December 2015.
Think: Formal learning activities.
She thinks about: How might we get people to participate and be more involved in local environmental scene?
She Co-Founded #LepakInSG in January 2016.
Think: Eco Calendar + Fun informal events
And: How might we reach out to to people who do not see the urgency of climate actions?
She became The Chill Dragon at Eco Rise Bucket in September 2017.
Think: Text-based, Visual-based, Performance-based Storytelling on Climate Change!
Lastrina has been to three United Nations Climate Change Conference, and even delivered a speech at the Paris conference in 2015! And she is also a recipient of the National Environmental Agency NEA EcoFriend Awards 2016.
She is also an alumni of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), a programme by the U.S. Government. She went to the Women’s Leadership Academy in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2016, and to the Summit in Manila, Phillipines in 2017. She proposed and created a prototype website that acts as a database for youth environmentalist in the Southeast Asian region to connect and support each other, and managed to raise nearly USD 5K to run this project!
Lastrina participated in #CDLEGen 2017 but alas, she did not win the competition. She still desires to go to Antarctica and is working her way towards it!
Chan Shuk Ying
My great passion is encouraging Sustainable Living. I love our mother nature who gives us life. I am a NUS MEM part-time student and working in Hewlett Packard as Partner marketing manager on HP Large format printing materials. I am originally from Hong Kong and relocated to Singapore because of work since 2012 Apr. I worked in HP as Business analyst, Business operation manager and Partner marketing manager to promote Environmental sustainability printing solution called Latex. It was launched in 2008 which was the year that I joined HP Sign and Display team. I always tell my customers that I grow up with Latex technology.
Two and half years ago, I requested to change to a marketing and business development position in order to gain more knowledge horizontally. In my existing role, I have more opportunities to speak up in front of customers including brand owners, schools and print service providers about environmental sustainable printing materials, encouraging them to use non-PVC materials, FSC/PEFC certified paper, and other materials that certified by Environmental organizations to minimize carbon footprint and chemical emission. Therefore, I decided to study MEM program to enrich myself as an agent to tell the stories about environmental sustainability. In addition, I am working with few International and Singapore social enterprises to promote and educate people responsible purchase such as Fair Trade. I believe Education is the most powerful weapon to change the world.
Connector. Wanderluster. Hustler.
Cheryl is a Youth Environmentalist, awarded the HSBC NYAA Youth Environmental Award by the Singapore National Youth Achievement Council and HSBC in April 2016, The NYAA Gold Award in 2017. Cheryl recently received a full scholarship for a Youth Leadership in Environmental issue Fellowship program by the US State of Department. Where she traveled across the states interacting with environmental stakeholders and creating prototypes to benefit the community in Asia.
She believes that doing good is contagious & takes action by working closely with the community for environmental and gender equality rights. She have represented Singapore in various conferences like the Pink dialogue for ASEAN women leadership empowerment in Malaysia and the ADB environmental youth mapping and green business conference where she represented the youth of Asia and pacific on stage as a guest speaker and a panelist. She has also presented her environmental experiences and knowledge in the perspective of a youth and NGO at various green events like the Global Compact Network Solutions Conference and the Green is The New Black Conscious Festival.
She is enthusiastic in taking Climate action, women empowerment and educational equality.
Although Cheryl is a fresh graduate from the Nanyang Polytechnic, she wears different hats for different nonprofit organizations and have been working closely with her community on environmental events.
#Up2degrees – Community Engagement Manager
Singapore youth for climate action – Marketing Dept Head
South-east Asia Youth Environmental network- Singapore Youth Delegate
Environmental coach for youths and seniors (Nanyang polytechnic, Serangoon Secondary, PM.Haze Blue Outreach)
C thy World- Founder
EcoRiseBucket- Co Founder
Singapore Eco Film Festival- Workshop Community Manager
Fabrics of the world- Storyteller
Her dream-Next project is to work on a documentary highlighting the efforts of youths and everyday heroes in taking climate action. And to also to inspire people to see themselves as part of the world and how important their individual powers are.
Hoe Wee Kiat studied at Singapore University of Social Sciences. He was awarded the 2017 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Academic Fellowship on Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at Arizona State University. During the US institute’s project sessions, he led a team of ASEAN scholars utilizing the human-centred design process to identify urban challenges in Phoenix centred around the Phoenix light rail system in Arizona.
Wee Kiat also served as the Singapore delegate and UN rapporteur for the 2016 UNESCO Asia Pacific Youth Dialogue in China. He served as the Singapore Youth Ambassador for the 42nd Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program – Promoting goodwill in Japan and ASEAN.
His work involved championing mental health through arts and nature-based activities while promoting a sense of community spirit. He was conferred with the National Youth Achievement Gold Award in 2013 and the Bayer Young Environmental Envoy Award in 2012. His infinitesimal contributions as a student interviewer who interviewed various local entrepreneurs were published in a 2012 entrepreneurship book by the Spirit of Enterprise. His essay commemorating the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN will be published in a book by the ASEAN-Korea Centre.
Jason Yun graduated with a Master of Science in Environmental Economics and Climate Change from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2013 and also has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from University College London.
He currently serves as an economist at the Ministry of Trade and Industry Singapore. From 2013 to 2017, he worked on formulating Singapore’s climate change mitigation policies for Singapore’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement, serving as the secretariat to the Long-term Emissions and Mitigation Working Group (LWG) under the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Climate Change (IMCCC), which aims to stabilise Singapore’s long-term emissions. In particular, he focused on mitigation policies related to the industry and power generation sectors, in coordination with stakeholders such as the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources (MEWR), National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS), Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and the Energy Market Authority (EMA). He was part of the Singapore delegation at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP) negotiations in Lima, Paris and Marrakech, and had worked on Singapore’s carbon pricing policies in the lead up to the announcement of the intention to price carbon at Budget 2017.
Tan Wei Liang
Weiliang is a final-year undergraduate at Yale-NUS College majoring in Environmental Studies. He was President of I’dECO, the student environmental group at Yale-NUS, from 2014-2016. During his stint, he co-founded the Singapore Environmental Action and Leadership Programme, an environmental accelerator workshop for pre-university students to learn about the field of environmental studies. There have since been 4 runs of programme, benefitting over 100 participants. Drawing from the best campus sustainability efforts in the US, he also led the writing of a sustainability blueprint with recommendations on different aspects of school policy. The blueprint has resulted in the creation of a permanent campus sustainability committee at Yale-NUS filled by staff and students, as well as sustainability changes in its dining halls, such as smaller plate sizes and a separation of food and general waste.
Weiliang also co-founded and led the Singapore Sustainable Solutions Network from 2015-2016, a network that seeks to bring together different environmental stakeholders in Singapore through an online portal and occasional networking events. In the future, he aims to pursue an academic career in environmental economics grounded in policy-relevant research.
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Asian School of the Environment
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