CDL Youth4Climate Fest 2019 Rallies Youth To Accelerate Climate Action

21 July 2019

  • Youth engagement platform in its second consecutive year
  • Held in conjunction with the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources’ (MEWR) Climate Action Week and in support of Singapore’s Year Towards Zero Waste
  • In partnership with MEWR, National Environment Agency (NEA), National Parks Board (NParks), ActiveSG and other partners
  • Expanded programme from 2018 to include climate action workshop and free screening of climate-related Disney movie Moana

Hundreds of youths, their families and friends visited the two-day Youth4Climate Fest 2019 at various locations within Singapore Botanic Gardens over the 20 and 21 July 2019 weekend. The second Festival is another flagship environmental outreach programme initiated by City Developments Limited (CDL), in partnership with MEWR, NEA, NParks, ActiveSG and other partners, It aims to provide youths with a stage to creatively express their passion for the environment through the performing arts, thereby promoting accelerated climate action amongst the community. Senior Minister of State for the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources Dr Amy Khor graced the concert on a pleasant Saturday evening with an audience of hundreds.

Acknowledging the extensive collaborations behind Youth4Climate Fest 2019, Dr Khor highlighted the importance of 3P partnerships: “Decisive climate action and effective mitigative efforts are only possible when the government, private sector and people work together. Everyone has a part to play.”

Describing CDL as one of the most proactive corporate advocates for climate action, she is fully supportive of their many Public-Private collaborations to engage the community to take climate action, such as CDL’s EcoBank, Fashion3R and E-Generation Challenge.

“The world is facing grave climate emergency,” said Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer, CDL. “Immediate action is needed, especially by our youths who will be the next generation of leaders to drive change. For many years now, we have been engaging youths with a view to raise their interest and level of awareness on environmental issues, and ultimately nurture future green champions.”

Held in conjunction with MEWR’s Climate Action Week and supporting Singapore’s Year Towards Zero Waste, CDL’s Youth4Climate Fest 2019 also celebrated the 160th anniversary of Singapore’s only UNESCO Heritage Site, the Singapore Botanic Gardens, where the event’s many activities were held.

20 July 2019, Saturday: Treasure Hunt and Concert
On 20 July, individuals and teams participated in a Youth4Climate Treasure Hunt that took them to historic locations around Singapore Botanic Gardens. Along the way, they learnt more about the park’s rich and natural history, played traditional games from yesteryear such as five stones and congkak, and learnt some simple ways to reduce waste and be environmentally friendly.

After the Treasure Hunt, for which Dr Khor presented the prizes, guests were treated to a series of climate-related performances at the Shaw Symphony Foundation Stage. The Youth4Climate Concert’s diverse line-up featured a 150-strong combined school choir, drama skit by Kuo Chuan Primary School, professional youth musicians like Uber Duber and artiste and singer Jo Tan, and many more (see Annex A for the full concert line-up).

21 July 2019, Sunday: Workshop and Movie Screening
On 21 July, passionate youths flocked to the Botany Hall at Singapore Botanic Gardens to attend a marine conservation workshop by NGO Save Philippine Seas’ Chief Mermaid and CDL E-Generation Challenge 2018 winner Anna Oposa as well as Seastainable founder Samantha Thian.

The two youth conservationists shared their love for the oceans and how climate action as well as irresponsible consumer behaviour was endangering life below water. For instance, they found evidence of micro-plastics in the Coral Triangle at Raja Ampat Archipelago last year. Ms Oposa and Ms Thian also shared some tips with the youths on how to conduct their own successful climate action campaign or effort.

Youth4Climate Fest 2019 concluded with a sea of families and friends watching Moana, the climate-related movie by Disney, under the stars.

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About City Developments Limited
City Developments Limited (CDL) has been Singapore’s property pioneer since 1963. It is a leading global real estate operating company with a network spanning 103 locations in 29 countries and regions. Listed on the Singapore Exchange, the Group is one of the largest companies by market capitalisation. Its income-stable and geographically diverse portfolio comprises residences, offices, hotels, serviced apartments, integrated developments and shopping malls. As a socially responsible corporation, CDL is fully committed towards environmental sustainability and has been initiating and supporting sustained outreach programmes to deliver a lasting and positive impact in the communities where it operates.

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ANNEX A: Youth4Climate Fest 2019 Concert Line-up

Profile and Type of Performance
150-strong combined school choir from:

  • CHIJ St Joseph’s Convent Choir
  • North Vista Secondary School Choir
  • Christ Church Secondary School Choir
  • CHIJ Our Lady of Good Counsel Primary School Choir
Song performance by Mohamed Khairulnazim, a 13-year-old student from Victoria School, classically trained in opera singing.
Solo performance by 10-year-old violinist prodigy Jacob Cheng.
Drama skit on Climate Action by Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary School.
Dance performance by group Dancecare.
Ayakata, a six-piece pop band comprising vocals, keyboardist, guitarist, bassist and drums.
Combined Angklung Ensemble from St Anthony’s Canossian Secondary School and Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School (Primary).
Uber Duber, composed of classically trained singer Huimin and self-taught drummer Luke, performing several songs about climate change.
A song on climate action by playwright, singer and actress Jo Tan.