Cllimate change hits home

It had to happen sooner or later. The world’s climate has steadily grown more erratic and extreme over the last decade as scientists warned of the potentially devastating consequences of climate change. Reports of record droughts in Argentina, record floods in Australia and China, and record heatwaves in the Midwestern United States. Freakish storms and floods in Britain. Malaysia grappling with one of the driest spells in years.

And now Singapore.

Dead grass seen around Singapore as the longest dry spell ever recorded in the country takes its toll

According to the Straits Times, just 0.2 mm of rain has fallen in the first three weeks of February, compared to the long-term average of 161 mm. It is the worst dry spell ever recorded in the country since measurements began five decades ago. “This is definitely out of the ordinary,” said National University of Singapore researcher Winston Chow. A report last year from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which drew from the conclusions of scientists and politicians from 195 countries, warned that such “abnormal” and extreme weather patterns could be more common in the long term due to climate change.

It is time for Singaporeans – and the rest of humanity – to cast aside their apathy and confront the reality that we are killing the very planet that sustains us. Yes, it is easy for each individual to say, my actions won’t make much difference, I’m just one person. But the collective action that drives a profound change always begins with the decision of the individual. If each individual does the right thing, then we as a civilisation will truly advance not only environmentally, but also ethically. Positivity is infectious; so is cynicism.

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