Under the Eco plan, the North West CDC (NWCDC) has identified five pillars to work on – CLEAN Everyday, CLEAN Toilets, LEAD (Lead Everyone Against Dengue), 3Rs (Recycle, Reduce and Reuse) and Fight Climate Change (energy efficiency).
According to the NEA website, the NWCDC and NEA have targeted to increase the level of awareness of all households in the North West district on environmental issues, and will work towards achieving 50% participation rate of households in any of the pillar programmes by 2019.
Dr Teo Ho Pin, Mayor of the North West District, recently invited Tzu Chi to work together in promoting green living in the constituencies. He hoped that residents can participate in and learn correct environmental knowledge from activities organized by the private and non-profit organizations that the CDC partners with.
The NWCDC also hoped to work with Tzu Chi to set up more recycling points so that residents can be actively involved in the greening of the communites.
At the North West CDC Green Living Exhibition held on 24 Sept at Yishun Town Secondary, besides setting up infoboards and display of environmental information, seven Tzu Chi volunteers were also on duty to introduce the upcycle products from DA.AI Technology to the participants.
Mr David Lee, Project Manager for NWCDC, was full of praises for Tzu Chi’s invention of environmental friendly chopsticks. Mr Lee, who has visited Tzu Chi's Jing Si Hall in Pasir Ris, believes that environmental conservation is the only way for mankind to live in harmony with the Earth.
Minister for Environment and Water Resources, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, said after attending the event, "The next 50 years is going to be a period where the resources are more limited. Nowadays, it is very fashionable to talk about Green. Green is the consciousness of not being wasteful; it becomes an essential part of global balance and good life in the future. Our effort to be green is not about the colour green, it is really about how we lead our life in the future."
Tzu Chi has been in Singapore for 18 years. Our effort in reaching to the community in recent years has gained much recognition from the grassroots. We hope that through working closely with the communities, we will be able to help make environmental protection a way of life and further lead everyone to strive for spiritual conservation through "speaking good words, harbouring good thoughts, and doing good deeds".