In the wake of the National Day Rally speech, where Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong called for more youth to be involved in the battle against climate change, The Straits Times spoke to four youths who are doing so. Among the four are Yale-NUS alumna Ms Angela Ferguson (Class of 2018) and current student Coco Oan (Class of 2022).
Ms Ferguson is a facilitator and host for local non-profit organisation Climate Conversations, which encourages people to discuss, engage and reflect on the issue of climate change. Ms Ferguson has hosted eight two-hour sessions in her home, and hopes to focus on reaching out to people who are curious about the situation, do not know how they can tackle climate change, or want to know more about the issue.
Coco is the founder of Project bECOme, a youth-run environmental organisation that works to promote environmental sustainability around Singapore. The article covered some of her initiatives such as the collection of plastic containers from the public which were redistributed to bakeries for reuse. Project bECOme has grown from a solo project to having 13 members and Coco plans to continue running the group throughout her studies.