There can be no sustainability without conserving our biodiversity

Bukit Batok Hillside Park remains as a green buffer in a concrete jungle.

How do we balance nature conservation and urban development in order to ensure a sustainable future?

One way is to preserve our few remaining forest habitats and redevelop brownfield sites for housing and other uses.

Our forest habitats are homes for the diversity of flora and fauna, comprising our natural heritage.

They also serve as natural cooling agents to mitigate the increasing urban heat island effect exacerbated by global warming.

A sterling example is Bukit Batok Hillside Park, which is under threat of a proposed housing development.

It functions as the last remaining forest corridor for our resident wildlife between the disappearing Tengah forest and Bukit Batok nature park and Bukit Timah nature reserve.

Losing this hillside park will result in loss of biodiversity and increased heat.

This in turn may lead to a greater risk of proliferation of dengue-carrying mosquitoes and stress-related health issues respectively.

Instead of destroying our forests and replacing them with buildings and human-centric gardens which lack biodiversity, we should adopt an eco-centric approach in order to ensure a sustainable tomorrow for ourselves and our future generations.

P.S. Feel free to check out my podcast “Why I advocate nature conservation“.

P.P.S. Do support nature conservation and sustainable development by signing the petition here.

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