Change the Present, Save the Future – an exhibition on building climate resilience through global collaboration

  • Jul 14, 2021
  • CDL

Singapore, 14 July 2021 – City Developments Limited (CDL) and the National Parks Board (NParks) have today launched an exhibition themed “Change the Present, Save the Future” on building climate resilience through global collaboration. Running from 15 July 2021 to March 2022 at the net-zero CDL Green Gallery located in the Singapore Botanic Gardens1, the exhibition is held in support of MSE’s Climate Action Week 2021 and amplifies the call for action to support both global and national climate efforts. The exhibition will also showcase the transformation of Singapore into a City in Nature, a key strategy in mitigating the effects of climate change while also creating a more sustainable, liveable and beautiful city.

Officially launched by Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Sustainability and the Environment of Singapore, the opening ceremony was accompanied by a high-level panel discussion on the topic “Building a Sustainable Future – Collaboration Beyond Borders and Sectors”. Minister Grace Fu, who shared further details on the Singapore Green Plan 2030, was joined by distinguished panellists Ms Lynn McDonald, High Commissioner of Canada to Singapore; Mr R Raghunathan, World Wide Fund for Nature Singapore Chief Executive Officer; and Mr Max Loh, Singapore and Brunei Managing Partner, EY ASEAN IPO Leader, Ernst & Young. Ms Esther An, CDL Chief Sustainability Officer was the moderator for the panel discussion.

The Singapore Green Plan 2030 is a nationwide sustainable development agenda launched in February this year. One of the key pillars of this plan is transforming Singapore into a City in Nature, where nature pervades our urban landscape. This includes the setting aside of 1,000 hectares of green spaces in the next 15 years to expand Singapore’s natural capital, as well as the extension of the Park Connector Network and other recreational routes to provide Singaporeans with more opportunities to immerse themselves in greenery and explore nature throughout the island. These efforts will also help to enhance ecological connectivity between Singapore’s natural habitats, strengthening our climate resilience and helping to build up our carbon sinks.

Leveraging contactless interactive displays, the exhibition takes visitors across four zones:

In line with the thematic focus on climate action, the exhibition is net zero-certified. The energy required for running the exhibition and its energy-efficient multimedia fixtures is offset by on-site solar generation and off-site renewable energy. The exhibition will feature activities in collaboration with global and local partners in climate action, including the World Green Building Council, Resilient Cities Network, C40 Cities, Asia Pacific Real Estate Association, SGInnovate and United Nations Global Compact Network Singapore.

To extend its outreach, a virtual exhibition has been made available on the CDL Sustainability website to allow overseas visitors to tour the exhibition online. As part of MSE’s Climate Action Week, CDL will also be holding a virtual Youth4Climate Concert on Sunday, 18 July 2021, which will feature youths creatively expressing their passion for the environment through the performing arts, driving awareness and accelerating climate action amongst the community at large. The concert will be made available on CDL’s YouTube channel and Sustainability website.