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Tzu Chi Working with North West CDC in Green Living

In support of the National Sustainable Development Blueprint, the North West Community Development Council and National Environment Agency have jointly launched a district-wide, 10-year Eco Plan in 2009. The mayor of North West District, who is impressed with Tzu Chi’s effort in environmental protection, recently invited the Foundation to promote Green Living in North West and hopes to establish more recycling points within the community.

Photo by Alvin Tan

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".

Dr Teo Ho Pin, Mayor of North West CDC, is full of praises on the blankets made from PET bottles. He agrees to Tzu Chi’s mission in environmental protection and therefore invited Tzu Chi to work together with the constituenties in promoting environmental awareness. (Photo by Alvin Tan)

Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Environment and Water Resources, and Ms Lee Bee Wah, MP for Nee Soon GRC, listening attentively to a Tzu Chi volunteer's enthusiastic introduction of DA.Ai Technology products. (Photo by Alvin Tan)

Ms Veronica Leow, Grassroots Leader from Woodlands Constituency, knew about Tzu Chi many years ago. A green advocate herself, she was surprised to see the DA.Ai Technology eco creations at the exhibition. Ms Leow believes green living starts with oneself and she also encourages her family to get involved. (Photo by Alvin Tan)

Mr David Lee, Project Manager for North West CDC, came to cheer the on volunteers. (Photo by Alvin Tan)

Besides the Green Living exhibition, volunteers were also invited to attend the NWCDC seminar in which one of the topics was on environmental protection. (Photo by Alvin Tan)

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