Environment of Singapore

Singapore is a very environment conscious country. Singapore enjoys uniform temperature and pressure, high humidity and abundant rainfall on account of geographical location and maritime exposure, and experiences monsoon almost all year round. Despite being highly urbanized the conservation of natural resources and bio-diversity of its regions has been well maintained. The Singapore Environment Council is an active organization which effectively tries to guide Singaporeans about the importance of the environment, its conservation, aquatic conservation waste management, community development etc. It initiates specific programs for specific target groups. This helps them to spread messages of ecological balance, environmental awareness and the importance of its preservation and its protection in an effective manner.

Some of the groups which have been demarcated are the school and other educational institutions, green groups, community centers, media and the private sector organizations along with the youth and the women folk of the Singaporean Society. The youth and the women folk can be the best people to spread the message of social responsibility, risk of pollution, excessive consumerism accompanied by the importance of recycling of valuable natural resources in our daily lives. Keeping in mind the small size of the country and the lack of fresh water supply other than rainwater it becomes essential for Singapore to build reservoirs and catchment areas for maximum accumulation of rainwater.

Till today Singapore has to depend water imports from other countries for its water. To spread the message of recycling the first ever Recycling Day was held on Sunday 21 Nov 2004. On this day residents were invited to bring their recyclables, including paper, plastic, glass and cans in exchange for tokens and a chance to win supermarket vouchers by participating in a quiz-cum-lucky draw between 10am and 3pm. Road shows were held spread the recycling message home to residents and make people aware about waste minimization and recycling a fun activity for the whole family.

A Green Transport Day was organized to drive home the point of traveling green by using the cycle, car share,

catching a bus or a train or using the car pool to work place. Going Green through transport would ensure that there would be less congestion on the streets, reduction in emission of carbon dioxide which is harmful to human beings, better connectivity through NTUC Income Car Co-operative and reduced spending on car and its maintenance. Car free days are also organized urging the citizens to use public modes of transport and bicycles rather than cars.

Palau Ubin gets a special mention here as it the last village in Singapore. Ubin proves to be the last village which is untouched by modernization. A stroll through the Ubin using the bicycle takes one back into the rustic natural environment of swaying coconut trees, rubber plantations, mangroves, beaches etc. A day spent at Ubin makes one feel fresher and healthier than ever. This village is pollution free and it perfectly co-exist with the nature without hampering the delicate ecological balance of the region. One can visit the Ubin village with the help of Green network volunteer who are easily available.

Project Eco-Office is a joint venture between Singapore Environment Council (SEC) and City Developments Limited (CDL) initiated on World Environment Day ie on 5th June 2002. This program involved distribution of ECO-Office Kits, which provided guidelines to the companies raise awareness and cultivate environment-friendly habits at the workplace. Almost 800 ECO-office kits have been distributed.

A Clean and Green Week November 2003 was organized to further enhance the efforts of effectively channelsing the program through a website which would prove to be a guide to lower the cost of dissemination of awareness materials. Also available on the website is the On-Line Eco-Office Rating System which enables offices to perform a self-audit based on simple metrics, such as corporate environmental policy and commitment, purchasing practice, waste minimization measures, level of recycling, amongst other variables. Offices who perform well can then apply for Green Office Label. The attainment of the Green Label allows the companies to come in contact with corporate network who are active in social and environmental responsibility and further dedicate themselves to environmental protection.

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