Themed “Say No To Waste!”, this year’s edition of the My Tree House’s “We Love Our Planet” Storytelling Contest is jointly organized by CDL and NLB in celebration of World Environment Day 2023 and in support of its theme to #BeatPlasticPollution.

This annual initiative continues to encourage family bonding through storytelling and home video production, while aiming to unearth young eco champions and their families to develop their love of nature and to take action to protect our planet.

Produced by award-winning filmmaker Ang Qing Sheng, “We Love Our Planet – Say No to Waste 2023” features finalists from the contest and highlights our children’s love for our planet and aims to inspire people to be responsible consumers, and to say no to waste.


It was a tough competition this year! We had the immense pleasure of inviting the top finalists from each category to present their stories in-person at CDL’s Singapore Sustainability Academy.

A big “Thank you” to our panel of judges, Ms Heng Huey Bin, Principal Librarian (Children & Teens), National Library Board; Ms Kamini Ramachandran, Director, MoonShadow Stories & The Storytelling Centre Limited; Ms Joanna Soh, Chief Operating Officer, Stewardship Asia Centre; Rachel Kelly, Radio Host and Climate & Finance Journalist, SPH Radio; and Ms Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer, CDL.

We would also like to thank all the parents for their hard work in supporting their children in this meaningful initiative.

Congratulations to all our winners. Click on the hyperlinks below to view the impressive online submissions that helped contestants proceed into the final round!

*Please note that the final rankings were made based upon contestants’ in-person storytelling performances.


Ranking Teams Story
1 The Green Crusaders “Captain Green & The Plastic Scene” by Evelyn Bookless
2 Trash Heroes
(Wu Keying, Janice and Wu Xinying, Janelle)
“Trash Heroes” by Seema Prabhu
3 The Shi Family Production “Food Waste is Pretty Ugly” by Lynette Wan
4 Conscious Eco Warriors “Zero Waste Make Haste” [original story]
5 Team Earth Planet Angels “Queen Waste & Queen Save” by Hee Kyung Jung


Ranking CONTESTANT Story
1 Zac Armstrong Chia “Karung Guni Boy” by Lorraine Tan
2 (draw) Samarth Pant “Say No to Waste” [original story]
2 (draw) Tobias Tan Keng Gan “Headphone Bear” [original story]
3 Mohanraj Sudiksha “The Blue Giant” by Katie Cottle
4 Tan Le Bin “Saving Earth, Saving Ourselves” [original story]

Lower Primary

Ranking CONTESTANT Story
1 (draw) Chia Lin Yu Kimberlyn “I had a favorite dress” by Boni Ashburn
1 (draw) Lauren Fleur Yeo “Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia” by Miranda Paul
2 Ng Yi Han Tiffany “Say No to Waste” [original story]
3 Tiang Chang Ee Dan “Choose to Reuse” [adapted from Lisa Bullard]
4 Cherish Yeo “Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs” [adapted from Wilhelm Grimm]
5 Faith Priya Perera “The Lorax” [adapted from Dr. Seuss]

Upper Primary

Ranking CONTESTANT Story
1 (draw) Julia Alexis Ee “Waste Not, Want Not” [original story]
1 (draw) Naira Chawla “Say No to Waste” [original story]
2 Tan Hong Liang “Say No to Waste, Upcycle Today” [original story]
3 Yazhini Sivaprakash “Say No to Food Waste” [original story]
4 Jacelyn Lee Ruo Lin “Say No to Waste” [original story]
5 Nur Safiyyah Binte
Muhammed Raiyan
“Big Life Journal for Kids” [adapted from Alexandra Eidens]