The north-east zone captains conducted their recce on Saturday in preparation for September’s International Coastal Cleanup Singapore. The sight that greeted them at Sungei Seletar took their breath away. “Looks like Kranji when we first started working there.” Kranji was actually worse when we started in 2001 . But it became decent after a decade of effort – gentle, small group efforts which protected the mangrove from damage. Well, the north-east zone captains are not dismayed . They are long-timers with ICCS Otters and are a strange lot. They crack their knuckles at the sight of man’s indifference to the environment. They are motivated to go to war.