NEWS

Speeches

SPEECH BY DR AMY KHOR, SENIOR MINISTER OF STATE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATER RESOURCES, AT YOUTH4CLIMATE FEST 2018, 3 NOVEMBER 2018, AT SHAW SYMPHONY STAGE, SINGAPORE BOTANIC GARDENS

ms Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer, City Developments Limited,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

      Good afternoon. It is my pleasure to join you for the Youth4Climate Fest 2018 at our UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

2    Many of you are probably aware that climate change has led to warmer weather and more frequent flash floods in Singapore. But you may not know the threat that this poses to our plant diversity and food security. To build up the resilience of our flora against climate change, the Singapore Botanic Gardens established Singapore’s first seed bank in April this year, to conserve seeds of threatened plant species from Southeast Asia. This is merely one of many adaptations that we are making as we confront the multi-faceted challenges posed by climate change.

3  Long-term planning has been critical to the development of our climate adaptation measures. Not only do they take time to execute, they also cost us a lot of money. One example is the investments we have made to address the risks of flooding as we face more intense and frequent rainfall. The Government has spent $1.2 billion in drainage improvement works since 2012. We will spend another $500 million in the next two to three years. One of the measures we have taken is the development of a large detention tank to temporarily store storm water during heavy rainfall. The Stamford Detention Tank, which we opened last month, can store as much water as 15 Olympic-sized swimming pools. When there is a heavy downpour, excess storm water from the drains along Holland Road will flow into the detention tank, and reduce flood risks around Orchard Road.

4  Besides adapting, we also need to mitigate. That is why we made 2018 the Year of Climate Action, to rally Singaporeans to take action together against climate change. I am heartened that many of our youths today are showing an active interest in environmental issues. In August this year, I spoke to IKEA Singapore’s Young Designer Award finalists on the design of their prototype products, which aim to rethink and change the way energy is consumed or generated in Singapore. The quality of these prototypes are impressive, and assured me that our youths have the potential to make immense contributions. I would like to encourage the youths with us today to think of how you too, can formulate solutions to reduce carbon emissions. You can also become an agent of change by reaching out to your peers and the wider community, and encouraging them to lead a sustainable lifestyle.

5    As one of the earliest companies to make their Climate Action pledge, CDL actively champions climate action to the public. In support of World Environment Day 2018, CDL answered the call by UN Environment to #BeatPlasticPollution with three installations made from recycled plastics. Recently, they also initiated and organized the Sustainable Development Goal City Challenge with public agencies to raise awareness on the close relationship between green buildings and good health.

6   I am thankful to City Developments Limited for empowering our youths today by providing a creative platform for them to express their passion for the environment and wishes for the future through music. Together with other partners from the Public, Private and People sectors, we can encourage our youths to take more active steps towards a sustainable future. I look forward to seeing you shine at the concert today and beyond.

      Have a wonderful evening ahead. Thank you.

Filter / Show By Category