Stewards of MacRitchie

6 Jul 2012                         

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Call me a skeptic but when I was told that I had to cover the MacRitchie EcoRitch Trail, I doubted anyone would be interested in it.

I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Even at such a young age, the students from the Global Indian International School had this incredible zest to find out anything and everything about the ecology of MacRitchie. And they were definitely not disappointed.

Their guides were two students from Hwa Chong Institution who were not only wonderfully enthusiastic but also incredibly knowledgeable. They were able to effortlessly identity every plant and animal species we came across on the trail. They were also extremely sociable, interacting with adults and children alike.

But the most important takeaway for me was the need for everyone to take responsibility of their own environment. Yes, PUB may be the authority in charge of MacRitchie Reservoir. But the responsibility of protecting the biodiversity of MacRitchie does not lie with them alone. Everyone has to take the initiative in being stewards of not just MacRitchie Reservoir, but also our other water sites across the island.

So a big thank you to Hwa Chong for doing their part and simultaneously encouraging others to do the same.

I would also like to give a special mention to Diana Cheong and the rest of the Community Relations department for making it a successful event at MacRitchie Reservoir.

By Nicholas Patrick

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