Clean And Green Singapore 2010 Turns Spotlight On Community Effort To Achieve A Sustainable Environment.
Singapore, 20 October 2009 – The Clean and Green Singapore (CGS) campaign for 2010 and beyond will focus on strengthening efforts to galvanise and empower the community to take on greater environmental ownership.
Led by the National Environment Agency (NEA), this community-centric approach hopes to inspire more Singaporeans to care for the clean and green environment, which has been painstakingly developed over the last 40 years, and continue to sustain it for quality living and economic growth.
The CGS 2010 campaign will be launched by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on 30 October 2009 at the HortPark. A parallel CGS 2010 Carnival will also be held on 30 October 2009 through 1 November 2009, where the main highlight is an exhibition that celebrates Singapore’s environmental development over the last 40 years. It will allow visitors to appreciate how various stakeholders, including the grassroots, schools, public and private organisations as well as non-government organisations, have contributed to Singapore’s clean and green journey. Through showcasing such efforts, the exhibition demonstrates that every individual and organisation has a part to play in safeguarding our quality living environment.
Engagement of 3P sectors to promote greater environmental responsibility
The NEA has been engaging the 3P (People, Private and Public) sectors to promote environmental consciousness.
The five Community Development Councils (CDCs) have partnered NEA in organising upcoming CGS-related activities to encourage all Singaporeans to care for and protect the environment. In addition, some CDCs have introduced environmental masterplans with grassroots organisations, such as the South West CDC’s ECO Plan South West, in partnership with NEA. Other CDCs are also developing such plans to promote environmental awareness and a more environmentally-responsible way of life in their own districts.
The environmental efforts by the 3P partners have helped to raise environmental consciousness and instilled a sense of environmental ownership in the community. In its latest survey with 1,546 respondents, NEA has seen a rise in the general willingness of the respondents to adopt clean and green lifestyle, with 87.2% against 2007’s baseline finding of 85.5%.
Responding to this encouraging indicator, NEA will continue to leverage on a $1.5 million 3P Partnership Fund to assist organisations from the 3P sectors to realise worthy ideas on environmental sustainability, amongst other initiatives. Through this fund, NEA hopes to forge more partnerships amongst individuals, organisations and companies to promote sustainable development.
Partnerships will also be forged with Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) to spearhead new initiatives and facilitate more networking platforms, both locally and overseas, to promote cooperation among environmental NGOs and encourage the exchange of ideas on sustainable development.
"Clean and Green Singapore reflects our belief that a clean environment is an integral part of gracious living. As Singapore develops into a global city, what will differentiate us as a liveable city will be our greenery, clean air and waters. To achieve this vision, everyone must play his part in keeping the environment clean. That way, we can ensure future generations can continue to enjoy what we have achieved over the last 40 years,” said Mr Andrew Tan, Chief Executive Officer of NEA.
Singapore’s Clean and Green Journey
- The first-ever national campaign targeted at poor standards in hygiene, sanitation and health was the ‘Keep Singapore Clean’ campaign launched in 1968, marking the start of Singapore’s clean and green journey.
- In the 1970s, the government took the lead with major projects such as the Singapore River clean-up, a 10-year plan completed in 1987 to rejuvenate the tidal river which had been heavily polluted by the disposal of garbage, sewage and by-products of industries located along its banks.
- To improve food hygiene standards, the government relocated street hawkers and housed them in hawker centres with proper cooking and washing-up facilities.
A proper waste management infrastructure was also set up during this period to provide the people with a comprehensive and regular waste collection system, while Singapore’s first waste-to-energy incineration plant was built in 1973 to reduce landfill needs.
- In order to involve Singaporeans in the country’s environmental efforts, the first Clean and Green Week was launched in 1990, marking the first official environmental campaign. Clean and Green Week aimed to encourage Singaporeans to make a conscious effort to look after and upkeep our clean and green surroundings by leading an environmentally-friendly lifestyle.
- In 2001, the Hawker Centres Upgrading Programme (HUP), a S$420 million initiative to upgrade hawker centres over 10 years, was launched to improve the architectural conditions of many markets and hawker centres that were more than 20 years old, to provide an environment in which stallholders can easier maintain hygiene conditions.
- To engage Singaporeans at the grassroots level, NEA set up its Regional Offices in 2003 to work closely with Community Development Councils (CDCs) on environmental projects targeted at the community. Some examples include the-then Clean and Green Week, litter-free initiatives under the ‘Singapore, Litter-Free’ Campaign and community-led programmes under the 10% Energy Challenge, launched in 2008 to encourage households to reduce electricity consumption.
- After 17 years, the annual Clean and Green Week was transformed into the year-long CGS campaign in 2007 to build a more sustained effort. Based on three pillars – Clean Environment, City of Gardens and Water, and Energy Efficiency & Resource Conservation – the transformation represented a renewed and strategic effort by the Government to address environmental issue and challenges facing Singapore.
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