You should know that according to Living Planet Report of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Singapore ranks seventh with the largest ecological footprint. This is higher compared to the 2012 report where Singapore is only at the twelfth spot. By now you have a picture of the planet declining.
The 5 largest ecological footprint contributors (in order) are Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Denmark. This is alarming but despite that, the challenge is surmountable if we all work together. After all, we only have one planet. Let us take action now before it is too late.
WWF commended countries that provide solution for the declining planet. Here are some:
- Africa: Africans and the world think that mountain gorillas will face extinction. Well, that is not the case now. In Congo, Rwanda and Uganda, the number of mountain gorillas increased by 30 per cent.
- Chile: This year, Chile inducted Tic Toc. This is a marine protected area for blue whales which is found in Chile’s Southern coast.
- Belize: In Belize, there’s the Mesoamerican Reef. You will also find mangroves in the Caribbean coast. More than the fishery, the government and other stakeholders collaborate to strengthen conservation.
- Denmark: Denmark is proud of their wind power. Last year, 1/3 of Denmark’s electricity came from their wind power. This year, their wind power supplied 57% of their electric consumption. The government encourages the community to use wind turbines.
Let this be an inspiration for Singapore. WWF commended the Transboundary Haze Pollution Act. The government also needs to engage the whole community to be successful. There is still a chance to redeem the planet and everyone needs to help.