With Earth Hour being observed across the world tomorrow, Ng Keng Gene lists activities in Singapore you can take part in
This year, the World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) Earth Hour event in Singapore will focus on raising awareness of the protection of the peatlands in Indonesia, following the haze issues faced by the region. A huge chunk - 79 per cent - of the forest fires in Sumatra last year were on peatland.
Peatland swamps store more carbon dioxide per unit area than any other ecosystem, thus releasing huge amounts of the gas into the environment when they are burned.
WWF's event will be held at the Float @ Marina Bay from 6pm. Members of the public can join in to form a human forest as part of a world record attempt.
Over 2,276 people are needed to break the world record for the most people balancing on one leg in the yoga tree pose.
A concert and a dance party will follow, featuring artistes like Tay Kewei, Inch Chua and Zouk's DJ Aldrin.
Three satellite events will be held in West Coast, Hong Kah North Community Club and Jurong Spring. These events will feature carnival-style game booths with an eco-friendly theme. The programmes in West Coast and Hong Kah will also include performances by schools.
The event at West Coast will take place at the promenade at Block 706 Clementi West Street 2, and will begin from 6pm onwards.
At Hong Kah North Community Club, the programme will begin at 7pm.
In Jurong Spring, a night carnival will be held in the multi-purpose hall beside Block 442 Jurong West Street 42, beginning at 5.45pm.
Malls and developments across the island will be switching off non-essential lighting in support of Earth Hour from 8.30pm to 9.30pm. In addition, the public may participate in the activities organised by some malls.
In City Square Mall, for instance, people can join a workshop and learn how to recycle junk into usable items. At 8.30pm, there will be a screening of Ice Age at the fountain square.
At The Seletar Mall, children can look forward to glittery tattoo and luminous painting activities from 6.30pm . There will be a zumba party at 8.30pm for both kids and adults.