Action for the environment, from our Ministers at COP to our MPs in their wards

11/12/2023

Climate change remains the great battle of our time, and our Party is committed to this fight.  

As Minister for Sustainability and the Environment Grace Fu highlighted at the launch of the Singapore Pavilion for the COP28 world climate summit (Nov 30), the PAP government is taking sustainable action at policy level towards net zero emissions by 2050, maximising solar energy use, connecting to regional power grids and switching to greener transportation.      

Senior Minister Teo Chee Hean was at COP28 as well, sharing Singapore’s $6.6 billion plans to become the region’s hub for green finance.

“We must urgently grasp this chance to course-correct and take decisive action to keep the target of 1.5 degrees C in sight,” said SM Teo about efforts to tackle climate change.   

And at the local level, our MPs are hard at work keeping Singapore’s neighbourhoods and nature parks environmentally-conscious and sustainable — sometimes literally one tree at a time. 

Green Towns with Lim Biow Chuan and Wan Rizal

MPs Lim Biow Chuan (Mountbatten SMC) and Wan Rizal (Jalan Besar GRC) each spent a recent Sunday morning (Sept 22 and Aug 6 respectively) greening up their wards.

Source: Lim Biow Chuan, Chee Yi Long / Facebook 

Where MP Lim planted trees in freshly rain-soaked soil down at Katong, MP Wan Rizal planted shrubs around Kallang Bahru with locals.    

This hands-on action is in keeping with how MP Lim coordinates all PAP Town Councils to create more sustainable living environments within their respective wards. It also is in line with how MP Wan Rizal leads the Action for Green Towns initiative such that every PAP-managed town will be zero-waste by 2025.  

“The impact of climate change cannot be ignored. We need to take action to ensure that we are creating a better and more sustainable living environment for all our residents. This is important to you and that is why sustainability must be a cornerstone of our town management practices,” commented MP Lim previously when the initiative was announced.   

Solar power and biodiversity with Melvin Yong

MP Melvin Yong (Radin Mas SMC) has taken the Action for Green Towns initiative to heart as Chairman of Tanjong Pagar Town Council. Tanjong Pagar GRC now has bright wildflowers over at Pinnacle@Duxton, grassy slopes around Commonwealth and the Alexandra Park Connector is now a prime spot for bird-watchers.  

Clean energy-generating solar panels have also been installed across Tanjong Pagar (the ones on top of Skyville@Dawson are in especially prime position to catch the sun) and in fact all 527 eligible HDB blocks in the GRC are on track to have these panels by 2025. This means net zero consumption to power common area facilities like lights and lifts.

Source: Melvin Yong / Facebook, Tanjong Pagar Town Council 

Protecting wildlife with Louis Ng

We previously wrote about MP Louis Ng’s (Nee Soon GRC) success in reducing carbon emissions and reducing food waste in his ward.  

In fact, MP Ng also constantly lobbies for even more action on environmental issues in his role as Chairperson of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Sustainability and the Environment. 

Source: Louis Ng / Facebook 

As a result of MP Ng’s lobbying, Singapore’s Director-General of Wildlife Management can now require property developers to safeguard wildlife in their development and consider the health of the local ecosystem. A new list of “protected wildlife species” exists now too, enabling protection for these threatened animals beyond Singapore’s parks and nature reserves. This makes for more biodiverse neighbourhoods — good for fans of turtles and otters. 

The crux of environmental action and sustainability is that they need to be all-of-society efforts. Here, what our Party does at the levels of policy, Parliament and in Singapore’s neighbourhood is fertile ground for Singapore’s green future.