Jane Goodall: Do Something before the Planet Gives Up
Dr Jane Goodall urges the world to get together to save the environment at the Ideas for a Better World Forum.
“We have to get together and do something to get out of the mess we’ve made. We’ve got to forget this beautiful dream of unlimited economic development on a planet that has finite natural resources because it won’t happen.”
With these words, acclaimed conservationist Dr Jane Goodall warned at the Singapore International Foundation Ideas for a Better World Forum on 29 June 2011 that “the time will come when the planet sort of gives up”.
Yet, she continued, all is not lost and at 77, she still tirelessly travels more than 300 days a year to take her message of conservation around the world, working especially with youths to spark meaningful change.
Sharing from her deep and rich experience, Dr Goodall said: “It’s so desperately important that we find new ways of thinking, new ways of living, new ways of conducting our societies,” so that we find a way to repair generations of environmental damage we’ve inflicted on the planet “we’ve borrowed from our children”.
Joining her for a discussion on sustainable living and development in a rapidly urbanising world, were chairman of Shell Companies in Singapore, Lee Tzu Yang, and senior vice-president of corporate social responsibility at the Halcyon Group, Howard Shaw.
The panel, moderated by SIF governor Jennifer Lewis, touched on ways in which cities, and Singapore specifically, can adopt green technology to create renewable energy, such as converting waste for energy and increasing the use of solar energy.
Launched in March, the Ideas for a Better World Forum aims to engage global thought leaders to share their insights and inspire bold new ideas, in order to generate lively discourse so ideas can be translated into action for a better world.Back
Finding Refuge and Friendships through Music in Cisarua, Indonesia
As part of its ongoing efforts to champion Arts for Good, the Singapore International Foundation (SIF) presented the Music Project, a series of workshops for Afghan refugees facilitated by musicians from Singapore and Indonesia.
The Arts for Good Fellowship Wraps Up in Chennai with Fellows Striving to Empower Youth Through the Arts
The second edition of SIF’s Arts for Good (A4G) Fellowship saw Fellows from 10 countries reconvene to share best practices, exchange insights and collaborate on several arts-based projects.
The Ten-Year Singapore-Indonesia Collaboration in Palliative Care Further Expands to West Java
The new collaboration will see the re-engagement of five master trainers from earlier projects in Jakarta contributing as mentors in Bandung – a testimony to its sustainability.
Occupational Therapy for Children with Special Needs in Jakarta
Riding on the success of an earlier special education (SPED) project in Medan, Indonesia, the Singapore International Foundation (SIF) launched a four-year SPED training project in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 25 February 2019. The project,...
Journey with our favourite local personalities as they team up with our Singapore International Volunteers to do good overseas!