Singapore has felt the effects of extreme weather, from warmest year on record in 2017 to temperatures dropping to 21 degrees Celsius in January 2018.
Many countries in the region, including Singapore, are also vulnerable to rising sea levels due to long coastlines and low-lying areas. Also, Mr. Lee warned that the temperatures could increase by 1.5 degrees from pre-industrial levels in the next 12 years.
Mr Lee said „We must do our part to contribute to global efforts such as the Paris Agreement to slow down climate change and at the same time we must take timely and concrete steps to protect ourselves against the adverse effects of climate change.“
PM Lee also pointed out that Singaporeans‘ mindsets and lifestyles need to change by taking public transport and using energy-saving electrical appliances.
„In the public sector, all the ministries have taken the climate action pledge, and they will reduce their plastic, water and electricity consumption.“
PM Lee kicked off the launch by planting the Harum Manis, an Indonesian variety of the mango tree whose flowers and seeds have medicinal uses.