This article was originally published by MEWR and is republished with permission.
The Sustainable Singapore Gallery at the Marina Barrage was re-opened today by Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources. The revamped Gallery presents an overview of Singapore’s commitment to sustainable development. While there are exhibits that chart the milestones which brought about the high quality living environment Singaporeans enjoy today, the focus in many parts of the Gallery is on the challenges ahead, and the steps we need to take together as a nation to keep Singapore smart and green.
1. The Gallery is organised into six zones, tracing Singapore’s response to climate change, our water management strategies, zero waste initiatives, and efforts to keep Singapore clean, green and sustainable, including investments in renewable energy. The interactive panels and multi-sensory exhibits will appeal to the young and old. There are also interesting artefacts such as a porcelain figurine presented to Dutch economist Dr Albert Winsemius in 1993 after he famously lost a wager, with Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and his team, that the Singapore River could not sustain life. (More details on the zones at Annex.)
2. Minister Masagos Zulkifli said, “We have designed the Gallery to be an interactive, multi-sensory showcase of Singapore’s environmental transformation, and our sustainability story. As you journey through the different zones in the Gallery, I hope you will feel a sense of pride in how far we have come, and develop a deeper awareness of the work we still have to accomplish in our sustainability journey.”
3. To celebrate the re-opening of the Gallery, the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources has organised a weekend of activities for the public to enjoy. Billed as the Climate Action Carnival, the line-up includes free guided tours of the Gallery, upcycling workshops, an eco-fair, a concert with local bands, talks, screenings, sail rides in the Marina Channel, a 30-metre obstacle course for all ages, picnics and a dance battle. Visitors will also have the opportunity to chat with passionate volunteers from NGOs, schools, and corporate sectors championing climate change in a Partners Showcase. Members of public attending the Carnival are encouraged to bring their own water bottles and food containers to minimise the need for disposable single-use plastics.
Full details at climateaction.sg/carnival.
Quick facts on the Gallery
Floor space: 1,618 sqm
Opening hours: 9am to 6pm daily, from 4 June 2018 (Closed on Tuesdays)
Free guided tours available for booking through PUB website.