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Mon 09 Apr 2007

Isn't it time we start tightening our belts?

Category : news

So we might re-open Kekek Quarry in Pulau Ubin.

Gosh, what next? Bukit Timah? Bukit Batok?

However, before remonstrations about our lack of sustainability begin, its worth realising that there is nothing actually unique about this. We have been burdened by the lack of a hinterland since independence, merger and separation and our tiny island has long been incapable of providing for our unsustainable appetites.

Yet somehow we grew up without the mentality of a resource-poor islander. We consumed water, electricity, sand, timber, food and what-not, and generated waste like we lacked for nothing. A comfortable life as a result of economic intelligence perhaps, but probably at the cost of impact elsewhere. Resources are sold to highest bidder, and it is unlikely another country would have done otherwise.

So isn't it now finally time to consider tightening our belts? And start behaving as if resources are finite. And investing more in developing alternatives ahead of time?

The silver lining? We'll become tougher and learn to innovate.

We'll probably need some persuasion before we attempt moderation, probably nothing less than campaigns and heightened costs will do. We did that once, in an effective campaign to save energy (and dollars) when the 1973 oil crisis struck. We learnt to turn off a few lights then.

But it seems we forgot very soon after.

Isn't it time we start tightening our belts?

Posted at 3:58PM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email | Raffles Museum news