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Fri 25 May 2007

Speaking at TICE Eco Camp, NTU

Category : talks

25 May 2007 - NTU Earthlink is hosting this year's TICE (Tertiary Institutions Council for the Environment) Eco Camp from 24 - 27 May 2007. This camp that hopes to groom young environmental leaders, involves some 80 student participants from nine institutions - the three Universities (NUS, NTU and SMU), five polytechnics (Singapore Polytechnic, Nanyang Polytechnic, Temasek Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic) and the National Institute of Education.

Peter Ng, Leo Tan and myself went down to speak yesterday at the TICE Eco Camp on climate change, environmentalism, nature in Singapore, and the role of individuals and groups. I was dragged down earlier by Peter when we learnt that we were going to the same place event!

Peter, as guest of honour, breathed fire and brimstone, sharing the "save yourselves!" response to the threat of climate change. Prof Leo Tan and myself were speaking after dinner. Before we got started, we witnessed the camp participants take a very serious pledge led by Grace Ngan.

A student asked Prof Tan about his 'missing' powerpoint and he explained he had just returned from an overseas trip and had not prepared one. Seated next to him listening (while furiously preparing my presentation on my mac), I reached over and told the student with great confidence, "he doesn't need slides, you just watch." And true enough, the students and I listened to a thoughtful lecture, the sort that a curricular will not often provide.

Our session lasted somewhere between 8.00pm to 10.30pm although it was scheduled for 90 mins! Well I can blame the studfents partially - they kept up a good pace of questions and that was really encouraging. I think speakers respond to an audience so it was a really good crowd last night!

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