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Help fight climate change: DPM Teo

September 4, 2012

This article was first published by the Straits Times and written by Ms. Janice Heng.

WE CAN all do our bit to fight climate change, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said yesterday.

That does not mean giving up creature comforts, but just enjoying them in a more energy-efficient way, he said.

For instance, energy-saving light bulbs, refrigerators and air-conditioners are all available.

“You can continue to enjoy the use of your normal conveniences in life, but you can do so much more efficiently,” said Mr Teo, who oversees the National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS).

He was speaking to reporters at the Singapore Green One, or G1, which promotes green living.

Organised by the Singapore Environment Council, the event featured two 5km walks from Lavender and Stadium MRT stations, converging at Marina Barrage. At the finish line, walkers were greeted by a green carnival, with music and dance performances.

They also had the chance to try out eco-friendly modes of transport, from foldable bicycles to the Nissan Leaf, an electric car that produces no pollution.

At the event, Mr Teo launched a travelling exhibition on global warming. Held by the NCSS, it will make its way around Singapore over the next five months, with stops in libraries and malls.

Mr Teo, who is also Home Affairs Minister, said: “Climate change affects all of us, not just in Singapore, but around the world. It is going to affect our lives, our economy.” It is therefore important to be aware of both its impact on Singapore and what can be done to mitigate it, he said.

Going green “can also save on your energy bills as well, for your businesses and your households”, said Mr Teo, who also chairs the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Climate Change.

The G1 organisers opted for eco-friendly measures by eschewing posters and banners, making recycling bins available and encouraging food vendors to cut down on packaging.

Singapore Environment Council executive director Jose Raymond hoped the green approach would catch on. He said: “I think we can try and pitch what we have done today to as many major event organisers as possible.”

The first Singapore G1 took place in 2010, and the council plans to hold another one next year. But first, it will assess the success of yesterday’s event with an independent audit of how much waste was generated.

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