From Oct to Dec last year, the National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS) commissioned a survey among 1,010 Singaporeans aged 15 and above, to find out the current level of public awareness, attitudes and behaviours towards climate change in Singapore.
Here’s some of the survey results and our thoughts:
Gap Between Awareness and Action
These survey results show that most Singaporeans are concerned about climate change and its effect on Singapore, and feel that they play a part in taking action. The results are not surprising, as it is similar to responses from previous NEA and Gallup surveys, which show similar positive responses from Singaporeans on environmental and climate change issues.
We think that Singaporeans know about climate change as we are being exposed to local and international environmental news through the printed and online media, but we tend to stop at awareness and not translate that into action. The survey results show a concern about climate change and a desire to take action, but does not describe actual actions. We feel that there is still a big gap to be bridged between awareness and action in Singapore. Read more
The National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS) is currently preparing the National Climate Change Strategy 2012 (NCCS-2012) publication, and is seeking public feedback and ideas.
The NCCS-2012 will provide a framework and overall strategy for Singapore to tackle climate change, and will outline policies and measures to reduce emissions, cope with the impact of climate change and build our capabilities.
The public consultation by NCCS involves conducting an online consultation exercise, focus group sessions and community forums. You can give your feedback and ideas via the NCCS website from now till 14 Oct.
Ground-Up Initiative (GUI) is organising Balik Kampung @ Bottle Tree Park on 10.10.10 to bring together multiple organizations to promote and educate the public on the importance of reducing our carbon emissions.
Learn how to start your actions locally so as to reduce CO2 emissions from your lifestyle, while not forgetting to have fun and party as we celebrate your efforts in making a difference for the climate. Come enjoy carbon-free time with your friends and family, accompanied with good food and an array of interesting activities like outdoor green-picnics, home composting workshops, garbage enzyme making, and many more.
Committee of Supply Debate 2010: Environmental Policies under the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources
March 9, 2010 by Eugene
Filed under Business and Organisations, Climate Change, Energy and Transportation, Government and Policies, People and Lifestyle, Singapore, Waste and Materials, Water, Air and Land
Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, and Dr Amy Khor, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, gave their speeches during the Committee of Supply Debate under the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) yesterday. The speeches address various environmental policies, including:
- Sustainable Development – Overall Approach to Resource Efficiency and Mitigating Climate Change
- Improving Energy Efficiency
- Singapore’s Vulnerability to Climate Change
- Managing Our Water Resources
- Recycling and Waste Minimisation
- Building Up R&D and Manpower Capabilities in Clean Environment and Water Sectors
- Sustaining Public Cleanliness
- Licensing Elderly Tissue Paper Peddlers
- Enhancements to Food Hygiene Regime
- ABC Waters Programme
Here are some key points that they raised: Read more
Venue: Seminar Room 3-1, Level 3, Manasseh Meyer, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, 469C Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259772
Speaker: Prof Arvind Subramanian, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development Senior Research Professor, Johns Hopkins University
Um Woochong, Deputy Director General, Regional and Sustainable Development Department Asian Development Bank
Synopsis: Thus far, international negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have focused on emission reductions, the “targets and timetables” for doing so, monitoring and compliance regimes, and incentives in the form of finance and carbon markets. The failure of the recent UNFCCC meeting in Copenhagen in December 2009 has highlighted the limitations of this approach. Read more