Biggest environment challenge is “improving social responsibility”

   Denise Phua Lay Peng

Daniel Wang, a former Director-General for Public Health with the National Environment Agency, said: “I have not been successful in getting people to clear up the tables after a meal at hawker centres…”

I believe it can be done; many years ago when I was working in HP, it was expected that all of us from production operators to CEO return our trays to the cafe belt for collection and cleaning by our colleagues in the Cafe. These colleagues did not have to pick up after us and their jobs were less physically exhausting and more dignified.

But for this now to be common in Singapore, most of us must have the will to want it and then action ! ie

(a) the physical facilities have to be made right (belts and stations for returning)
(b) getting buy-in from the stakeholders including stall-holders
(c) education
(d) enforcement.
Would love to hear your views on this.

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Biggest environment challenge is “improving social responsibility”

SINGAPORE: Key contributors to Singapore’s environment said the biggest challenge the country faces is improving its social responsibility. This was raised as part of a discussion between a panel of environment pioneers held by the Centre for Liveable Cities.Over the years Singapore has built up a reputation as having a clean environment. But Singapore’s environment pioneers said that more can be done on the individual level.

Daniel Wang, a former Director-General for Public Health with the National Environment Agency, said: “I have not been successful in getting people to clear up the tables after a meal at hawker centres.

“The reason why people are still reluctant is because they feel there are cleaners around, so there’s no need for them to clear up, which I say is a sign of not being self reliant. You want to see people clear up tables in hawker centres today, then unfortunately you need to have a law.”

These environment pioneers are hoping that won’t be the case, and that eventually Singaporeans will inculcate a sense of social responsibility when it comes to protecting the environment. This means more public education.

Joseph Hui, Deputy CEO of the National Environment Agency, said: “We will have to continue to do this until the day when Singaporeans are like a first world nation, where they are able to take ownership of the environment and do what is right, not because there is a law but because they believe that is the right thing to do.”

Besides developing social responsibility further, panellists also raised other factors that contribute to environmental sustainability. These include inter-agency cooperation, technology, infrastructure, and a strong political will.

-CNA/ac
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Dirty tables littered with used plates and utensils at Chinatown Complex Hawker Centre.
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