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Our 350 campaign!

October 30, 2009
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This is an excerpt of the email sent out by Wilson Ang, President of ECO Singapore.  So far our work on the ‘International Day of Climate Action’ has been acknowledged by our Deputy PM Mr Teo Chee Hean, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr George Yeo, Minister of Environment and Water Resources Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Senior Mister of State Mr Zainul Abidin Rasheed, Members of Parliament Mr Lim Swee Say, Ms Er Lee Bee Wah, Ms Ellen Lee Geck Hoon, Mr Lim Boon Heng, Ms PennyLow and Mr Michael Palmer!!!

My name is Wilson Ang and I’m currently running our own NGO called ECO Singapore that aims to work with Young people to promote a more sustainable future. We have never met but in this email, we’d like to share with you what we did over the weekend.

ECO Singapore commemorated the International Day of Climate Action today, Oct 24 2009, with an aerial photography of more than 300 volunteers in the 350 formation. 5200 events have been held in 181 countries all across the globe today as a show of solidarity and commitment to the aim of advocating 350p parts per million (ppm) as the safe upper limit of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. This global movement made it to the New York Times, CNN and several main stream media and new media as one of the largest grassroots movement by far.


ECO advocates the 350 goal as it is the level that scientists have identified as the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. It is the long term target that we should and must reach to ensure our planet’s, and hence Singapore’s, survival. At the moment, the atmosphere’s carbon dioxide level stands at 390ppm and is rapidly approaching 400. It has been shown that a concentration of 400ppm in the atmosphere will have deletrious impacts on our planet, our country and all of humanity.

In this vein, our aerial photography event this morning was far more than just symbolic, much like how 350 is more than just a number.Today’s effort was aimed at empowering the public at large to take individual action to address climate change. The encouraging turn out for today’s event and the interest it has generated among the local online community demonstrates the increasing awareness among Singaporeans of the impact of climate change and the necessity of individual responsibility as part of the solution to this urgent problem.

Yet, our efforts as individuals and the civil society form an incomplete equation. To make a lasting, sensible and responsible contribution which negates global catastrophe, we hope that the Singapore government will support global efforts to reach the 350ppm goal through a fair and ambitious emissions reductions treaty.

We also hope that the Singapore government will view Singapore’s commitment to emissions reductions targets not only as a compelling responsibility to humanity but as an opportunity to diversify our economy, position ourselves at the forefront of innovative new green industries and create new sources of progress for our society now and generations to come.

Thank you for reading this email and wishing you a great week ahead.

Yours Sincerely,
Wilson Ang

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