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Here’s What Your Local Changemakers Are Doing To Live More Sustainable Lifestyles

Because climate action is now more important than ever.
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Truly, there has been no better time to open the conversation about the climate issues plaguing our world than today, and explore how our planetary emergency and global loss of nature impacts our lives.

Indeed, some have coined the coronavirus crisis a stress test for future climate shocks, while many experts claim that a warming world has encouraged the spread of new infectious diseases

Earth Hour, by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)  aims to provide a platform for people to voice their support for nature and the future they envision, with a digital live steam, Earth Hour 2020 - Live & Unplugged. The three hour digital event will bring together Singapore’s diverse voices for the environment through live performances and unscripted conversations with local changemakers, ending with a symbolic lights-out at 8.30pm.

This includes hosts Paul Foster, Charmaine Yee, and Angelique Teo, with live performances from stars such as Benjamin Kheng, Inch Chua, Fariz Jabba & Yung Raja, Nathan Hartono, Preetipls, RRILEY, Sezairi and Subhas. 

“It is more important now than ever before for people in Singapore to acknowledge that we are in the midst of an unprecedented planetary emergency which has devastating consequences for nature and humans,” says Kim Stengert, Chief of Strategic Communication and External Relations at WWF-Singapore in a press release. “Earth Hour is an important rallying call for Singaporeans to make their voice heard about the change they want to see, in order to avert this planetary emergency.”

What is the future you envision, and what are you doing to live a more sustainable lifestyle? As individuals living in a symbiotic ecosystem, never doubt the cumulative effect a single action can bring. Hear what a few of our notable change makers have to say, here:

Benjamin Kheng

'I’m at a point where I’ve almost completely stopped the need for single-used plastics. It wasn’t easy, but it’s also something you definitely see more of in public - people bringing their own bags. It’s definitely a great motivation when we all do it together."

Sandra Riley Tang (RRILEY)

"I love crafts so re-purposing old media packages, excess materials or old items into something useful is one of the things that I’ve been doing to live a more sustainable lifestyle!"

Paul Foster

"Since moving to a house with a garden, I have actually been able to create my own compost bin, which means all my organic waste is able to naturally decompose and I can use that soil for gardening as fertiliser. Having already separated my recyclables and removing organic matter from my everyday trash I have managed to significantly decrease my overall household rubbish output!" 

Sezairi

“I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. One of the most impactful things you can do for the environment is to stop eating the amount of meat you do. Animal agriculture is one of the top contributors to climate change and the less we contribute to the trade, the better. Being vegan is completely unrealistic for most, but how about cutting the amount of meat intake by half, or even not having meat on weekends. If everyone commits to that, we can do a lot.”

Inch Chua

"I compost my kitchen scraps."

ONE FM 91.3 DJ Angelique Teo

"I limit my use of single-use plastic by carrying my own Tupperware, water bottle, coffee cup, bamboo straw, cutlery, and a reusable bag wherever I go. At home, I'm vegan and have invested in a great mat to minimise my carbon footprint by practising yoga at home, instead of needing to travel to a gym/yoga class."

Kiss92 DJ Charmaine Yee

"While I’m out for meetings and hosting events, I’ve stopped buying coffee in disposable cups and use my tumbler instead. I carry two around. One for water and one for coffee!"

Catch Earth Hour 2020 - Live & Unplugged on 28 March 2020, Saturday, from 5.30 – 8.30pm, at earthhour.sg

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