By Thomas Thomas, Executive Director, Singapore Compact for CSR
Singapore has seen clearer skies since the haze that hit record highs in late June and early July dissipated as wind directions changed and fires in neighbouring Sumatra diminished. Although changes in the wind direction have brought clearer skies to Singapore, the root causes of the haze remain unresolved. In all likelihood, the haze will return as the burning of peat land continues unabated and the winds return our way. What will we do if the haze hits new record highs and our economy comes to a standstill because people are unable to go to work? What can we learn from the last haze episode to prevent a recurrence?
Once again the world celebrates the annual World Environment Day on 5 June 2013. This year’s theme of “Think.Eat.Save” focuses on the need to reduce the massive environmental footprint that humans leave on the planet through the colossal wastage of food.
The UN’s Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that an appalling 1.3 billion tonnes of food are wasted or lost each year. Tremendous strain is put on the land for global food production, and this is the largest single driver of biodiversity loss and land-use change.
May 15 marks the commemoration by the United Nations (UN) as the International Day of Families. This day is marked to highlight issues relating to families and to increase the knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families. With family as the most vital unit in society, it is only befitting that the UN commemorates this day. The UN theme for the 2013 International Day of Families is "Advancing Social Integration and Intergenerational Solidarity".