On this day, the mangroves are witnesses to the destruction that lay waste to the forest.
The echoes of the frightened wild boar escaping from its diminishing habitat reverberate till this day.
The sounds of the roaring wind from the sea appear to muffle the grating noise of the construction works.
From times past, the landscape has seen one forest patch after another flattened to become concrete blocks.
The wildlife inhabitants fled from one forest fragment to another, often invisible.
Until one day, when the last straw broke the camel’s back, one wild boar decided that enough was enough.
In its daze, it knocked down a human being along Sungei Api Api and fled.
The news broke the next day, and the reckoning of our self-destruction dawned on us.
No more deforestation, we tell ourselves and one another, for we have overstepped our planetary boundaries.
No more harm to our flora and fauna.
No more harm to our mental health.
No more damage to our warming climate.
No more damage to our ailing mangroves.
Reference: My Feedback on the survey on wild animals in Pasir Ris estate