Over 2,000 visited the two-day Youth4Climate Fest 2019 at various locations within Singapore Botanic Gardens over the weekend on 20 and 21 July. 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.
The first day of the festival provided youths with a platform to creatively express their passion for the environment through the performing arts. 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 close to a thousand people. Prior to the concert, hundreds of participants took part in an Eco challenge organised in partnership with NParks and ActiveSG. Participants learnt the importance of preserving our environment through playing bicentennial-inspired games.
On 21st July, about 20 youths who are passionate about the environment and keen to learn how to run a successful eco campaign attended a climate action workshop. They were inspired by two successful young eco champions – Anna Oposa, CDL E-Generation Challenge 2018 winner, Chief Mermaid and Co-Founder of Save Philippine Seas, a non-profit focused on protecting and restoring the Philippines’ coastal and marine resources, and Seastainable founder Samantha Thian, who channels the retail business profits to support marine conservation in Singapore and around Southeast Asia. The Youth4Climate Fest concluded with a sea of attendees who enjoyed the movie screening of “Moana” on the picnic ground near the Eco Lake at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Against a glorious sunset, over a thousand attendees learnt meaningful lessons through Moana which presents a metaphor about climate change and man’s relationship with Mother Nature.