Important to teach kids to care for environment

I am heartened to know that children are being taught the importance of taking care of the environment at a young age ("Teaching kids about green buildings"; Thursday).

Singapore has not been able to escape the detrimental effects of global warming.

The warming trend here has been observed over several decades.

The average rise of 0.25 deg C per decade from 1948 to last year is higher than the global warming rate of 0.12 deg C for a similar period from 1951 to 2012 ("Hot weather may be more frequent, says Met Service"; March 23).

And the first phase of a national climate change study which was completed last year projects the mean sea level to rise by up to 0.76m by the end of the century ("Nicoll Drive being raised to stave off rising seas"; Jan 19).

As the world becomes more developed, human activities become more advanced and the possibilities of harming the earth increase, it is even more important that young people learn the importance of taking care of the planet.

I hope there will be more of such activities, because the future of our planet is linked to that of our children.

It is our responsibility to educate them so that they will have a safe home to live in when they grow up.

Koh Tingyuan (Ms)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 25, 2016, with the headline 'Important to teach kids to care for environment'. Print Edition | Subscribe