In 2009, Singapore Sustainable Blueprint was launched. The blueprint outlines policies and strategies to accomplish economic growth at the same time provide a good living environment for all people. The good news is that this year, the government will revisit and review how it takes care of the environment. This was discussed at 2014 Singapore Sustainability Symposium which was prepared by the NTU’s Sustainable Earth Office.
The Minister for Environment and Water Resources gave the Opening Ceremony on January 8, 2014. He announced that the review will commence on February or March. The public can take part in the discussions. The changing of environment-related strategies is the reason for the review. The findings of the public consultation will be used to revise the blueprint by the end of next year.
What is sustainable development for Singapore? Sustainable development means being efficient, clean and green. Singapore is thinking of ways to develop using less wastes and resources. While we do this, it is expected that we do not pollute our environment that way we can preserve our greenery, natural heritage and the waterways.
The blueprint’s vision is to create a liveable city that is well loved by the citizens, workers and the visitors. To realize this vision, the blueprint noted 4 priorities to include:
1. Improving resource efficiency. Singapore is a small country with limited or scarce resources. The Blueprint seeks to improve resource efficiency so we can develop and live with few resources. The government is thinking about achieving more for less. In the long run, Singapore will arise.
2. Encouraging participation and community ownership. To build a resource efficient country, the Blueprint is encouraging participation and community ownership. The participation should involve NGOs (Non-government Organizations), businessmen and public leaders. All should work together to achieve the goals of the Blueprint.
3. Improving the environment’s quality. It is important that all people here in Singapore continue to enjoy a clean water and air. With this, the blueprint prioritizes controlling of pollution by improving the physical setting. Apart from this, the blueprint is also determined to create a comprehensive city with high regards on public health.
4. Building knowledge. The Blueprint seeks to accumulate more knowledge in the field of environment and technology. Singapore is very particular about Research and Development. As this field progresses, the government need to work with others to build a better and brighter world.
You should do your part to help Singapore. You can begin by spreading awareness to others or you can join the public consultations set in the coming months.