If I remember correctly, someone commented that I would care to write about the natural landscapes of another country even though I don’t live there.
I didn’t really think about that as we all live on Earth divided by invisible artificial man-made borders.
The Twelve Apostles in Victoria, Australia, might be thousands of kilometres away from Singapore.
But they have captured my heart as though they were a secret garden in my backyard (if I had one at the apartment block).
When I first self-published my book Nature Sketch: A Poem about the Twelve Apostles in Victoria, Australia, I requested Parks Victoria to write a foreword, and I was glad they agreed.
In return, I would donate one dollar to the conservation work of the Twelve Apostles through them for every copy of the book purchased.
Because these spectacular landforms have inspired me (and I believe many others too), I hope that they will continue to be conserved for posterity.
The ancient sea stacks, stumps and arches have immeasurable value in terms of education, ecotourism, natural and spiritual heritage, and so on.
The aborigines of the continent also have a deep lasting relationship with the region, where they have been living for thousands of years.
Now, imagine some foreigners visit Singapore and are impressed with our natural heritage, such as:
– Bukit Batok Hillside Park
– Clementi forest
– Bukit Brown forest
– Dover-Ulu Pandan forest
– Mandai-Sembawang forest
(all of which have been marked for future development)
And they are so inspired by the misty scenery, natural streams and melodious sounds of birds that they write books about our forests upon returning to their countries.
Wouldn’t our foreign friends be concerned about the condition of our natural heritage and beauty too?
Wouldn’t they like to know more about how the flora and fauna are interconnected in our complex ecosystem?
And wouldn’t they be curious to learn about the intriguing history of our rainforests and indigenous peoples who had lived here before the “modern founding” of Singapore 200 years ago?
Thus, it is sad that too often, we tend to take our own few remaining dense forests for granted.
We hardly appreciate the true jewel of our precious tropical rainforests and their biodiversity in our backyard, which are unlike the sterile rainforest in The Jewel at Changi Airport.
May I invite you to lend your voice to support the conservation of our endangered dense forests?
Click here to sign the petition.