Everyone knows the state of our planet proper now, whether or not it’s the teachings we study in class as college students, the indicators we see as we commute, or the campaigns which have been birthed to make our plans for a minimal carbon footprint, a actuality.
In recent times, we’ve heard of a lot devastation surrounding Mom Nature – Amazon forest fires in 2019, Australia Bushfires between 2019 and 2020, and a lot extra. Now greater than ever, our time has come to guard our planet from additional destruction.
Therefore, in honour of Earth Hour 2021 and the message to guard this planet we name house, it’s time to provide you with our personal ‘Singapore Kosong Plan’!
WWF (World Extensive Fund for Nature) needs to take Earth Hour past simply switching off our lights for an hour. This time, it’s about making a long-term plan as people, organisations, and companies alike to grow to be a low carbon, climate-resilient Singapore, with the goal to attain a zero-carbon footprint by 2050!
However what’s the Kosong Plan about within the first place? Everyone knows that Kosong means zero in Malay, as we regularly hear it and use it as we order our favorite drinks with zero sugar. The Kosong Plan refers to ‘dwelling with much less’. Therefore, utilizing a colloquial phrase connects with Singaporeans to show that this answer is central to us and our atmosphere’s wellbeing.
The Kosong Plan touches on 5 core areas that our neighborhood (sure, that’s you!) could make a distinction in:
- Consuming Consciously
An instance can be to devour meat extra consciously, and transition in direction of a plant-based weight-reduction plan. We will not be conscious of this, however cattle ranching does contribute considerably in direction of greenhouse fuel emissions, which will increase our carbon footprint. Or you would devour extra of native produce as a substitute, as importing of produce additionally results in the emission of dangerous greenhouse gases and contributes to world warming.
- Store Responsibly
There are lots of methods you’ll be able to store responsibly, whether or not it’s the kind of merchandise you buy or the strategy of buying. Earlier than making your purchases, remember to do your analysis and solely buy from sustainable and moral companies and organisations. For instance, solely purchase FSC-certified paper and pulp merchandise. You may additionally bask in thrift buying, or searching for second-hand clothes, as a substitute of quick vogue. Quick vogue retail is nowhere close to ‘sustainable’, and garments do include plastic. Therefore, by thrifting, you’re reusing and recycling garments to their whole lifespan earlier than they’re made to sit down in landfills for tons of of years or just set on hearth, which, as you’ve guessed, results in local weather change and, in the end, world warming.
- Journey Sustainably
This one is easy: take public transport as a substitute of your personal automobiles. The extra vehicles on the roads, the extra greenhouse gases are emitted. When you want a private automobile or are in a rush, go forward and rent a cab as a substitute. With the brand new Blue SG electrical car-sharing platform, you could have extra choices! For companies, they will select to import their merchandise in bulk or cut back portions to make sure fewer automobiles are used for product transport.
- Selecting Renewable Power
That is extra related to companies and organisations. We use electrical energy generated by finite pure sources, which implies in the future, we gained’t have them anymore. Therefore, we have to discover extra sources of renewable vitality and use them. A technique can be to make use of photo voltaic panels that convert vitality from the solar to usable vitality that powers our properties and workplaces. Wind generators are one other method electrical energy may be generated.
- Restore Nature
Timber and vegetation are our sources of oxygen. Via a course of referred to as photosynthesis, vegetation take away carbon dioxide and launch oxygen. Once we take away these vegetation and timber through deforestation, we’re technically depleting our oxygen provide. The answer? Plant extra timber. Right now, this effort could not have essentially the most appreciable influence since timber take so lengthy to develop and mature. However a few years alongside the highway, as extra deforestation happens, these timber we plant at present will make an influence. Merely rising some vegetation at house or in your office makes a distinction as nicely!
You possibly can steal some inspiration in your personal Kosong Plan from WWF’s video series too! On this collection, filmmaker Eileen Chong meets up with completely different individuals to seek out out extra about local weather change and what we are able to do as people! The company on this collection are:
Joshua Goh, 11 years outdated, dwelling the Internet Zero life-style
He retains ants as pets, and he has a burning need to guard his atmosphere. Thoughts you; he’s simply 11.
Robin Rheaume, Administrator of Fb Group ‘Journey to Zero Waste’
She has so many tips and hacks up her sleeve about how one can create zero waste from house!
Nichol Ng, Co-founder of the Meals Financial institution Singapore
Affectionately often known as the girl, who offers meals a brand new lease of life, she shares about how we are able to transfer in direction of the zero-waste future all of us dream of.
They share about what they do to play a job in saving our planet from the destruction Man has been inflicting upon it. All of them have a narrative, they usually need to share it with us.
With The Inexperienced Plan 2030, the Singapore Kosong Plan is for us people, organisations and companies to craft out our personal targets on methods we are able to make our goals of changing into a climate-resilient nation a actuality. If all of us can put within the effort to do even one factor from our plan religiously, we’re already on our technique to making our goals come true.
To grow to be a rustic with net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, we’re all going to should work collectively. It’s not going simply to take the hassle of 1 particular person or simply 100 individuals. For a future all six million of us can take pleasure in, all six million of us should work for it.
Therefore, this digital marketing campaign will drive conversations amongst colleges, companies, and organisations alike as a result of we’re all on this collectively. All our actions will mix to protect our surroundings from additional destroy.
Bear in mind once we was on the mercy of Mom Nature? However oh, how the tables have turned. The omnipotent and mighty power of nature, one in all development and life, is now at our mercy. Doesn’t the whole lot about this simply scream ‘mistaken’? We now have to proper this mistaken, and making your individual ‘Kosong Plan’ is step one.
It’s time to brew your own Kosong Plan too, whereas it’s nonetheless scorching.
Visuals courtesy of WWF Singapore.