[Featured photo: Tree planting for habitat enhancement on Pulau Ubin.]
an environmental catastrophe
On a planetary level, we are dealing with a very real and alarming climate change crisis caused by the impact of human development. Combating it requires unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, especially in sectors like land, building and transport.
the sixth extinction
Global populations of wildlife have declined by a staggering 60 per cent since 1970 due to human impact according to the Living Planet Report 2018 by WWF. The magnitude of species loss is tragic and frightening.
The world’s wilderness areas are shrinking at a horrific rate, with 77 per cent of the world’s wilderness lost, and just 23 per cent untouched by humans.
There is no time to waste! What we do now and in the coming decade will have a profound impact on our future. But it is not too late to save our planet and ourselves.
Join us and the rest of Singapore on our journey towards a more sustainable society for ourselves, our children and for wildlife. Make changes towards the way you live today – take steps to reduce your carbon footprint.
act now: sustainable living
- BYO: Say no to plastics and disposables. Always bring your own reusable bag, cups, bottles and reusable cutlery. Avoid single-use utensils, disposable chopsticks and plastic straws. Singapore uses over 2.2 million straws each day, according to a 2018 report.
- Singaporeans love to “dabao”: Bring your own containers for takeaways and say no to styrofoam packaging.
- Buy in bulk with less packaging: opt for fruits, vegetables and groceries that do not come in plastic packaging.
- Choose eco-friendly products: Select biodegradeable products with green labels, made with sustainable materials and avoid palm oil.
- Eat plant-based food and consume less or no meat. A UN FAO 2006 report found that animal products have contributed more to climate change than all of the world’s modes of transport combined. Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
- Buy less, waste less. Reduce consumption and wastage of food, water and electricity. Towards Zero Waste (MEWR) | Save Water (PUB) | Sustainable Singapore Movement (MEWR) | Waste Less, Save More (NEA)
- Reduce environmental pollution. Sort your waste, bin your litter and keep Singapore clean. Keep Singapore Clean (NEA) | Clean & Green Singapore (NEA)
- Switch off! Singapore was named the country with the worst level of light pollution in the world – with a pollution level of 100 percent in a recently published Science Advances study. Cutting down unnecessary light saves us electricity – and money!
act now: love and protect nature
- Protect our last-remaining precious biodiversity and wild habitats. Keep our green heart beating! Love our Macritchie Forest (LOMF)
- Treat all animals respectfully and live in harmony with our wildlife. Do not keep illegal wildlife as pets. Learn to appreciate native biodiversity and strive towards a progressive society where humans coexist with wildlife. Do not feed our wildlife such as monkeys, wild pigs, otters and birds.
- Found an injured wild animal or one that needs rescue? Please call ACRES at 97837782. Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES)
- Make a difference for wildlife. Do not buy or consume endangered products such as shark’s fin, ivory, marine turtle shells. Use eco-friendly products such as natural insect repellent when going outdoors.