Climate Action SG
In 2020, Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, launched the Singapore Food Story. In the past, Singapore was self-sufficient in produce such as hen eggs, poultry meat and pork. However, we have become increasingly reliant on food imports over time, making us vulnerable to disruptions to our food supply, such as supply shortages, crop failures or animal diseases. With the added threat of climate change, it is important for us to (i) diversify our food sources; (ii) support companies to expand overseas; and (iii) grow and support local under the “30 by 30” vision (to produce 30 per cent of Singapore's nutritional needs locally by 2030). By working together as a nation, we will be able to enhance our food security and overcome any food challenges.
Eco Action Day supports this vision by encouraging participants to grow their own produce and to support local farms. In addition, seeds will be distributed to various partners to spread the message of the Singapore Food Story and create community gardens across Singapore.
Singapore designated 2019 as the Year Towards Zero Waste. In 2017, Singapore generated over 7.7 million tonnes of waste, which is a seven-fold increase from 40 years ago. Semakau Landfill is Singapore’s one and only landfill which will run out of space by 2035 at our current rate of waste growth. Singapore is working towards becoming a zero waste nation by reducing our consumption of materials, reusing and recycling them to give them a second lease of life. Singapore will adopt a circular economy approach to sustainable waste and resource management and strive to close the waste loop, just like how we have closed the water loop by recycling water endlessly.
Eco Action Day supported this zero waste vision and will continue to raise the awareness on waste management via the annual campaign. In its 13th year, SDG Goal 13 on Climate Action was the focus during the industry roundtable where participants of public, private and academia came together to discuss topics in relation to packaging, plastics, e-waste and extended producer responsibility, in line with Singapore’s Year Towards Zero Waste.
2018 was one of Singapore’s warmest year on record. To instil greater awareness of climate change among people and to support the Paris Agreement, Environment and Water Resources Minister, Masagos Zulkifli designated 2018 as the Year of Climate Action. To help green the country in the year of climate action, Eco Action Day campaign called on organisations, schools and individuals to pledge green actions on its 12th year. This annual nationwide campaign encouraged awareness of, and action for the environment and celebrated the United Nations (UN) Environment Programme’s World Environment Day (WED), held every 5 June. By committing pledges to take simple actions to reduce energy waste, participants played their part in making a positive change by supporting green initiatives in Singapore. Each pledge contributed to the Climate Action Pledges by the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR). Last October, 315 tree saplings were planted at Fort Siloso, Sentosa, to match every corporate pledge received during the campaign last year.