Regina Vanda, Lens On SG

What is your name, and what is your organization?
My name is Regina Vanda, and I come from Lens On SG (https://www.facebook.com/lenson.sg/). 

Describe your organization in one sentence.
Lens On is a photojournalistic project to share, explore, and analyse ideas for sustainable development from the ground up.

Tell us one exciting project that you’re working on right now.
Energy saving in our Labs and offices!

Tell us one thing you’ve read/watched/event you’ve attended lately. 
I attended the 4th Singapore Dialogue on Sustainable World Resource as a volunteer of People's Movement to Stop Haze (PM.Haze). That was my first time attending such a conference. It was overwhelming knowing that I was probably the youngest person there. But I am very grateful for the opportunity to meet so many remarkable people working towards sustainable development and to hear their insights.

What are your hopes for Lens On? 
I hope that Lens On’s ideas can inspire concrete actions towards a sustainable future, where readers would ask themselves, "What can I do in my capacity?". Today, Lens On covers ideas from Singapore and Indonesia, because these are the countries in which I have lived. It’s only in these places where I have a contextual understanding of whether Lens On’s ideas work well or not. I hope that my ideas can benefit people from other countries, and that they would in turn contribute their own insights from countries I have never been in.

Any advice for young Singaporeans wanting to contribute to the environmental movement here?
Ask yourself what do you care about and why. Then, try to find out your place in that. Most of the time, we know what needs to be done, but we just need a reason to just do it and a community to empower us. So try attending green events, or volunteering for green organisations. It is an amazing feeling to know that you are not alone in this movement! 

What are your hopes for Singapore’s environmental future?
I hope for greater sense of ownership of the environment, in both landscaped and natural ones. Being more aware that we can have significant impact on environments miles away from our small island would be fantastic. With this realization, we need to chose to make our impact positive. Singapore is already a hub for many things; I hope that it will also become a hub for environmental stewards.

If you would like to find out more about Regina and the work she does, contact her at lenson.sg@gmail.com


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