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Brew your own Earth Hour Kosong Plan with WWF Singapore: Simple things you can do for a greener Singapore

Brew your own Earth Hour Kosong Plan with WWF Singapore: Simple things you can do for a greener Singapore

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Text: Jean Chua


Get ready to embrace Earth Hour this 27th March, where millions of households and even iconic skyscrapers around the world will go dark to symbolise their dedication to preserving and protecting our precious planet. However, Earth Hour in Singapore has evolved beyond just turning off our lights for an hour — greater steps are to be forged in a time when climate change and global warming is on the rise.

As such, this year, WWF Singapore has launched the Singapore Kosong Plan to encourage businesses, organisations, schools and even individuals (yes, that means you) to adopt sustainable yet simple everyday lifestyle habits in hopes of achieving our aim of a low carbon, climate resilient Singapore, and even hitting net-zero emissions by 2050.

With the pandemic still prevalent in Singapore, WWF Singapore will be going digital with this year's Earth Hour 2021 initiative to cover five broad areas for our community to reduce our carbon emissions. And for individuals like us, efforts should be taken to eat consciously, shop responsibly, travel sustainably, choose renewable energy and restore nature. If you need some suggestions on where to start, you can slowly reduce meat intake in your diets or opt for alternatives to private transport such as public transport, cycling or walking whenever possible.

For your viewing pleasure, WWF Singapore has also released a series of videos titled 'My Kosong Plan', which follows the journey of Eileen Chong, filmmaker of Net Zero videos, as she highlights what we can do as individuals to save our environment by featuring inspiring individuals helping the environment in their own unique ways. One of them happens to be Robin Rheaume, administrator of Facebook Group, Journey to Waste. Below, she shares a few home hacks of her own, that everyone can attempt to make a difference to the environment.

1. Reduce the amount of food you store at home. I understand the need for a buffer, but I do not need to have two years' worth of food lying in my house.

2. To reduce food waste, I use leftover vegetable scraps to make compost. I typically use earthworms for composting but you can actually even just dump the scrap into your flowerpot, which works as well.

3. To reduce water wastage, I have a wash basin that I will put under myself when I shower. That way, the water I collect can still be reused for other activities, such as flushing my toilet.

4. I make my own cleaners with overly ripe citrus fruits like oranges or calamansi by taking their peels and putting them in vinegar. After leaving them for a month or two, I'll end up with a nicely scented vinegar, which serves as a really good cleaner.

5. The number one thing that everyone can do is to reduce their consumption of single-use items, like straws. While others advocate the merit of biodegradable products, what is applicable for other countries might not work in Singapore. Most biodegradable materials require industrial composting, which Singapore does not have. We should be able to think of things in a local context, so that we can help the environment issue on a global scale.

 

To find out more about brewing your own Kosong Plan, click here.