Young nature-lovers gather at Coney Island to discuss conservation

Today Online 15 Feb 16;

SINGAPORE — Running ecological literacy programmes in schools, and organising a flora and fauna treasure hunt competition — these were some ideas floated by young nature-lovers during an SGfuture engagement session yesterday on how to keep Singapore environmentally sustainable.

Held at Coney Island, the event, which was organised by Outward Bound Singapore, saw 35 participants taking part in a focus group discussion on the Republic’s environmental issues after they went on a guided tour of the recently opened Coney Island with National Parks Board volunteers.

Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community and Youth Mr Baey Yam Keng, who joined the young nature enthusiasts, said: “As youths are the future leaders who would see Singapore through SG100, it is important for them to be aware and proactive in conserving the environment.”

One of the participants, Mr Steven Cheng, who is president of EarthLink NTU, a green group at Nanyang Technological University, said: “I believe that while youths are aware of Singapore’s environmental causes, not many are taking action. This is why sessions like these are important.”

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