On 19 September 2022, Minister for Sustainability and the Environment Ms Grace Fu launched public engagements on environmental sustainability under the Forward Singapore Steward Pillar. Credit: MCI / Syafiq

Forward Singapore (Steward Pillar): Working together for a green, liveable and climate-resilient Singapore

Minister for Sustainability and the Environment Ms Grace Fu launched public engagements on environmental sustainability under the Forward Singapore Steward pillar at the Partners for the Environment Forum on 19 September 2022. Participants, comprising partners from the community, public and private sectors, came together to discuss environmental issues facing Singapore. In her speech at the event, Minister Grace Fu emphasised the importance of considering the trade-offs and considerations when building a more sustainable future. For instance, how we address the inter-generational equity of climate change, how we can pursue competing economic, social and environmental goals; as well as understanding the roles and responsibilities of Government, businesses and individuals in this endeavour.  

 

This event also marked the start of Climate Action Week 2022, rallying the nation to take collective action against climate change. More than 80 partners from corporates, community groups and schools organised a total of 140 activities during the week. Corporate partners including Mr Jack Moy, CEO of Sustenir, Ms Mathilda D’silva, CEO of the Ocean Purpose Project, and Mr Goh Chee Kiong, CEO of Charge+, joined Speaker of Parliament Mr Tan Chuan-Jin and Senior Minister of State Mr Chee Hong Tat, in a panel discussion at the event and exchanged views with participants about some of the challenges and opportunities in charting a path towards a green, liveable and climate-resilient Singapore. 

A participant sharing his views on tackling climate change in Singapore during the table discussions at the event. Credit: MCI / Syafiq
A participant sharing his views on tackling climate change in Singapore during the table discussions at the event. Credit: MCI / Syafiq

Mr Jack Moy, CEO of Sustenir, giving his insights on tackling food security in a sustainable way. Credit: MCI / Syafiq
Mr Jack Moy, CEO of Sustenir, giving his insights on tackling food security in a sustainable way. Credit: MCI / Syafiq

The success of Singapore’s green transition will hinge on the collective will, wits and efforts of the Government, business, the community and the people.

- Minister for Sustainability and the Environment Ms Grace Fu’s opening address at the launch of public engagements on environmental sustainability under the Steward pillar on 19 September 2022 

Three key areas of focus for environmental sustainability under the Steward Pillar 

Launched earlier in June 2022, the Forward Singapore exercise seeks to refresh Singapore’s social compact across six thematic pillars - Empower, Equip, Care, Build, Steward and Unite. 

The Steward pillar comprises environmental and fiscal sustainability. Under environmental sustainability, the focus will be on fostering a more sustainable way of life that stewards our environmental resources responsibly for future generations. 

 

The Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment will be engaging stakeholders on the following three key areas: 


a. Social compact across generations: What should our generation do to minimise the cost of climate change to future generations?  

b. Social compact among Singaporeans: How can we continue to grow Singapore’s economic pie sustainably, while distributing it in a way that ensures no one is left behind? 

c. Roles and responsibilities of Government, businesses, community and people: What must each of us do, as stewards of our environment?

 

Minister Grace Fu speaking with the students from Xingnan Primary School about their Eco Avenger Project. Credit: MCI / Syafiq

Minister Grace Fu speaking with the students from Xingnan Primary School about their Eco Avenger Project. Credit: MCI / Syafiq

 

Share your thoughts on how to build a green, liveable and climate-resilient Singapore. 

Want to be part of the discussion? Consider these questions:

 

1.     How can we be better stewards of our environment and make Singapore a green, liveable and climate-resilient home?

2. How can we change the way we live, work and play to lower our carbon footprint?
3.
How can we build a stronger culture of reducing, reusing and recycling our waste?
4.
How can we work together to protect our coastlines from rising sea levels?
5.
What can we do as individuals and community to strengthen our food security?

Go here to share your views on environmental issues and make your pledge to be an environmental champion here

 

For more information on the other pillars under the Forward Singapore exercise, click here.

Published on 4th October 2022.

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