Why we need the forest 🌳🌳🌳🌳
A couple of days ago, I took time off after my morning shift for hiking.
It is part of my voluntary project for nature conservation and environmental awareness.
The photos and videos of the hike serve to preserve the memory of Tengah forest for posterity.
I am also inspired to make a special video that combines video clips from my previous hike to make a case for conservation.
Because climate change affects all of us, including plants, animals and humans.
According to an article:
“New research has found strong evidence that climate change is spurring conflict, which is driving people to abandon their homelands and seek safety elsewhere.”
In Singapore, it is already happening in some ways.
Birds and animals have been displaced from their homes ever since urban development started some 200 years ago.
With the ongoing clearance of Tengah forest, the baya weavers, otters and other animals are in danger of losing their homes.
It probably wouldn’t be long before more and more of us humans will also become environmental refugees due to climate change affecting the liveability of our environment.
To where will we seek asylum?
To where can we really migrate since the effects of climate change are ubiquitous?
What happens in one country will affect other countries, as seen in the case of the Sumatran haze and many other examples.
The future is in our hands.
(Picture sources: Google)
Nature is free and abundant.
When it rains, Nature provides an umbrella in the form of a banana leaf free of charge.
All of us have equal access to the benefits of Nature.
Nature does not discriminate anyone.
You don’t need to pay anything.
You only need to take care of the environment, and Nature will take care of you.
Conserve the forest, and the forest will preserve you and your posterity.
We and Nature are one and interconnected.
“But Mr Galliano’s Circus is also quite subversive. An ordinary family gives up their comfortable suburban life and joins the circus. Ultimately this is a book about freedom and escaping the rat race.”
“The Rail Corridor is a very unique public space differentiated from other community spaces in Singapore. The Rail Corridor connects homes, work places and schools. It encourages a spirit of discovery and exploration, and provides a common space for shared experiences across a diverse segment of our population. There is great potential in fostering social-bonding and community-building activities along the Corridor.”
The above news article also says:
“The public is invited to give feedback at the exhibition and online at http://ura.sg/railrfp from now until the end of next March.”
So, I decided to submit my feedback to URA via their website with regard to the concept master plan to develop the Green Corridor, as follows:
It seems the plan is only to commercialise Tanjong Pagar railway station, so hopefully the rest of the green corridor will be spared (and I understand nothing is set in stone as the plan will be fine-tuned based on public feedback). I also don’t wish to see the green corridor becoming another east coast park, but at the rate it is currently being used and will be more frequently used in future, it is inevitable that some degradation of the muddy track will result, such as compaction and erosion of soil. Bukit Timah nature reserve was closed to public for the time being (except on weekends) for renovation for that reason, so if paving is going to be done carefully, such as using gravel (or something equivalent) instead of concrete to emulate the cycling trails in Pulau Ubin, that allows infiltration of rainwater into the porous surface, I would say it will likely serve the dual purpose of protecting the environment and making the trail more user friendly.
© Photographer: Jimmytst | Agency: Dreamstime.com
The night lighting can be solar powered, and have motion sensors. So, if there is nobody in the area, there isn’t any need for the lights to turn on. This will help conserve energy. Solar panels can be built throughout the Green Corridor to harness more of the solar energy for nearby buildings.
Natural vegetation, as far as possible, should be left as they are – like in the case of Sungei Buloh wetland reserve. It is fine to enhance the zen tranquility of gardens or urban parks, but not the rainforests etc because the latter already have their own natural serenity.
One concern many nature lovers have is that the Green Corridor will lose its quiet ambience and natural feel, especially when it becomes too popular and crowded in future. For example, if the corridor becomes too user-friendly to the extent that it becomes a bicycle expressway, it will somewhat lose its rustic charm. Similarly, if we are going to build plaza spaces, cafes and amphitheatres, it is likely to disturb the quietness of the surroundings, and people will no longer find the Green Corridor attractive as a sanctuary to get away from urban stress and commercialisation.
© Photographer: Haslinda | Agency: Dreamstime.com
So, maybe one way to prevent the green corridor from being too inviting for bicycles and becoming overcrowded is to have a holistic development of cycling infrastructure in Singapore, such as by developing the green corridor in tandem with the cycling infrastructure elsewhere. For example, if dedicated bike lanes are made available along the roads nearby, then cyclists can choose to take these alternative routes to their destinations instead of solely depending on the green corridor to use as a bicycle “expressway”.
Similarly, let’s seek to find a balance by not over-developing the Green Corridor in order to minimise noise level and any form of commercialisation and artificiality, in order to retain the original spirit of rustic charm and healing balm of Nature.
Education on Nature conservation is always good because no amount of penalty and fines are going to stop people from littering or destroying the environment or poaching the wildlife unless people are armed with the understanding on the importance of their interrelationships with Nature, and how any harm done to the environment will ultimately affect themselves. People need to be guided from within instead of having to be controlled by laws and regulations from outside authorities. We as a human species have never lost our inner wisdom and affiliation to Nature – we simply have forgotten who we really are in the quest for development, and we only need to reconnect ourselves with Nature and remember our true identity, and then we will be able to act responsibly based on that revelation.
Filling a small container bag with soil
Newly planted seedlings or stem cuttings in container bags
Seedlings or stem cuttings waiting to be planted
I saw onion shoots growing in some pots.
Preparing to plant the seedlings or stem cuttings into a small bag of soil
Newly planted seedlings or stem cuttings transported to a nursery nearby
The plants are watered with a water hose.