Educate youngsters to appreciate nature

It is good to see coverage on wildlife in The Straits Times ("Plan to save wildlife at site marked for housing" and "The real wildlife of Pulau Ubin"; both published on Dec 9).

Fifty years from now, the younger generation may be able to experience nature only in places like Mandai, which, to a degree, is man-made.

The young should be educated and encouraged to experience nature and appreciate it.

They should be encouraged to nurture a healthy interest and involvement in related activities, with excursions planned for them to places where nature still exists, like Bukit Timah, Sungei Buloh and Pulau Ubin.

They must be made aware that much of it has and continues to disappear from the face of the earth, and that all must be done to look after it.

More emphasis should also be placed on educating Singaporeans on the role that animals and plants play on this planet, even in our little city-state.

Manoraj Rajathurai