The human dynamics of climate change was presented at a panel discussion yesterday as part of the Global Day of Climate Action, organised by the British High Commission, the German Embassy and the French Embassy in Singapore.
The discussion centered around the new Human Dynamics of Climate Change map, developed by the UK Met Office, which illustrates the projections of climate change impacts and population change by the end of the 21st century, and the effects on human and trade dynamics. The climate projections are taken from the latest climate models and based on a ‘business as usual’ greenhouse gas emissions scenario with a ‘middle of the road’ socio-economic scenario for population change. Read more
Over 50 youth from Singapore were joined by 350.org friends and supporters from Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Brunei, the Philippines, and Vietnam for the inaugural Singapore Power Shift on 12 and 13 July 2014. The two-day workshop organised by 350 Singapore aims to empower youth about climate change and campaigning skills, so that the group can develop five impactful campaigns that could be adopted and implemented in Singapore.
Singapore Power Shift is part of Global Power Shift, a program kick-started by 350.org in Istanbul a year ago, where 600 climate activists from 100 countries converged to share stories, learn skills, and sharpen strategies and tactics to overcome the inertia in addressing the climate crisis. These climate leaders then returned to their home countries to spark a wave of convergences, campaigns, and mobilisations for climate action. Read more
The 5th annual Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) 2012 starts today and brings together policymakers, energy experts and industry players to discuss energy issues, strategies and solutions. The SIEW 2012 Opening Keynote Address was delivered by Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), who shared her thoughts on Asia and the global energy economy.
Maria highlighted the new reality of risks due to slowing economic growth and geopolitical uncertainties, but there are still positive signs for oil and gas supplies. There is a growing role for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as global LNG trade will increase by one third over 2011-2017, ASEAN countries are looking at LNG imports, and Asia is the second largest gas consuming region. At the moment, there is no trading hub for natural gas in Asia, although Singapore could be a possible gas trading hub with its experience in oil trading. Read more
The National Climate Change Strategy 2012 (NCCS-2012) document was launched last month by DPM Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Climate Change (IMCCC).
The 140-page document outlines Singapore’s strategy and plans to address climate change and is published by the National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS) in collaboration with the IMCCC agencies, and after private sector and public consultations.
Here’s some random thoughts on the NCCS-2012 document:
1) The document is a good summary of various initiatives and policies (mostly announced previously); there is nothing much on new policies or targets.
2) The document is focusing on mitigation policies and actions towards 2020, and does not really look at long term mitigation policies (understand this would be looked into by the Long Term Emissions and Mitigation Working Group). Read more
From Oct to Dec last year, the National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS) commissioned a survey among 1,010 Singaporeans aged 15 and above, to find out the current level of public awareness, attitudes and behaviours towards climate change in Singapore.
Here’s some of the survey results and our thoughts:
Gap Between Awareness and Action
These survey results show that most Singaporeans are concerned about climate change and its effect on Singapore, and feel that they play a part in taking action. The results are not surprising, as it is similar to responses from previous NEA and Gallup surveys, which show similar positive responses from Singaporeans on environmental and climate change issues.
We think that Singaporeans know about climate change as we are being exposed to local and international environmental news through the printed and online media, but we tend to stop at awareness and not translate that into action. The survey results show a concern about climate change and a desire to take action, but does not describe actual actions. We feel that there is still a big gap to be bridged between awareness and action in Singapore. Read more