We have been running the Save Food Cut Waste campaign since Nov 2012. There is now more awareness about food waste in Singapore and we have been getting several enquiries from the public who are concerned about food waste.
To address some of the concerns on food waste, let’s take a closer look at food waste generated, the causes, ways to reduce food waste, key barriers, and our proposed action plan to tackle food waste.
Food Waste in Singapore
Over the last 10 years, the amount of food waste generated in Singapore has increased by 45%. In 2013, the amount of food waste generated reached an all-time high of 796,000 tonnes and only 13% of it was recycled. Read more
We believe that conversations involving the public can increase awareness, engagement and ownership of sustainability issues in Singapore, and enable the public to discuss constructive and specific solutions to address the issues. More importantly, the conversations will plant the seeds that it is possible to nudge or effect environmental change from the bottom-up.
We hope to see more young people come forward to organise future conversations. So based on our experience in co-organising 4 public conversations – “Our SG Conversation for the Green Community” and 3 “Conversations on Sustainable Singapore”, we developed a practical guide to empower more young people and student groups to take the lead in organising future Conversations on Sustainable Singapore.
This practical guide gives a step-by-step approach on how to organise public conversations and shares some good practices, format and questions, and templates of slides, email and feedback forms. If you are interested to organise a conversation, we hope that this free guide would be useful and you do not have to start from scratch.
If your student or youth group is interested to organise a conversation and need more advice, feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
Together with Nature Society (Singapore) and SMU verts, Green Future Solutions co-organised 3 Conversations on Sustainable Singapore, with the objectives to understand people’s thoughts and stories, and to generate constructive and specific suggestions for the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint review conducted by the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR).
The Conversations on Sustainable Singapore were held over three sessions and focused on the following topics:
- Energy and Climate Change
- Waste and the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle)
- Food Security (Food Supply and Food Waste)
The third session of the Conversations on Sustainable Singapore: Food Security (Food Supply and Food Waste) was held on 24 May 2014. The discussions and suggestions during the session are compiled in the following report for submission to MEWR as potential inputs for the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint review, and also sent to the National Environment Agency (NEA) and Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) for their reference and consideration for action.
I was on the panel for the Green Media Roundtable Discussion organised by Green Drinks Singapore last week, where together with other environmental journalists and bloggers, we shared on Singapore’s journey towards sustainability – how far we have come these 50 years, and what else we can improve or focus on.
Here’s some thoughts that I shared at the discussion (with some additional remarks and clarification):
1) Environmentalism in Singapore: Government and NGOs
I would divide the green movement in Singapore into 3 time periods: Before 2000 (Conservation and Protection); 2000-2010 (The Golden Age); and After 2010 (One Step Forward, 2 Steps Back). Read more
Read! Fest 2014 by the National Library Board is happening this month with the theme ‘The Books that Moved Me’. The reading festival wants to re-kindle your love of reading and encourage you to re-discover books that delighted and inspired you.
Here’s 20 green books which have moved me and I would recommend for a start. Pick up a book today and start reading!
Save the Earth by Jonathon Porritt
The red pill that started it all for me.
Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine Benyus
The book that inspired me to take up environmental engineering. Read more