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Thu 20 Jun 2013

Chained to Our Roots petition & picnic: "Reroute the Cross Island Line to protect our oldest forests" - Sat 22 Jun 2013: 3.00pm @ Hong Lim Park

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"Chained to Our Roots" by Teresa Teo Guttensohn, is an art protest event with mass chaining to tree web chain to present an appeal LTA to re-route the proposed Cross Island MRT Line (CRL) which would otherwise damage some of our oldest forests in Singapore. The picnic and event will take place on Sat 22 Jun 2013: 3.00pm @ Hong Lim Park and is open to all Singaporeans and PRs only.

In January this year, LTA announced proposed new MRT lines to be built by 2030. To our considerable shock, scrutiny of the proposed 50km Cross Island Line (CRL) revealed it would cut through the Central Catchment Nature Reserve. No mention was provided of the potential problems of sedimentation, hydrological variation, edge effect and fragmentation.

The announcement was a complete surprise to all of us, and gave no indication to Singaporeans of the value of the protected nature reserve it was cutting through. It would seem we need to look no further than our nature reserves, to contend with forest loss.

Since then, LTA has initiated a conversation with naturalists in Singapore. But while the CRL remains a proposal to cut through the central catchment, individuals and groups realise realise they have to stand up to address this proposal to promote the realisation of the cost of this action.

Teresa Teo Guttensohn is an eco-artist from Singapore who has decided a letter will be an inadequate gesture to communicate the seriousness of this appeal. So she has organised an eco-picnic to be held at Hong Lim Park this Saturday 22 June 2013. Everyone is invited to attend and picnic with like-minded friends, and witness the eco-art performance at 3.30pm.

Teresa wil be tied to a tree for 24 hours.

Note that only Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents are allowed to attend the event.

Teresa Teo Guttensohn is also organising a petition to support her statement to LTA, which you can sign at the event:

"If you can't join us on Saturday, and would like to act for our rainforest, please read the link below and sign our online petition to LTA. Together, we can make a difference! Please act now."

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