Taking steps to reduce their carbon footprint

Some of the green campaigners who gathered at Highgate Condominium yesterday who pledged to reduce their carbon footprint.
Some of the green campaigners who gathered at Highgate Condominium yesterday who pledged to reduce their carbon footprint.ST PHOTO: YEO KAI WEN

A hardy Singapore team of green campaigners pledged to reduce their carbon footprint yesterday, ahead of the United Nations (UN) climate talks in Paris.

About 400 had been expected to show their support in Singapore, but just 60 turned up at Highgate Condominium in Toh Tuck Road. The smaller-than-expected turnout could be due to a last-minute venue change.

The Straits Times understands that the event could not be held at the original venue, as the event did not obtain a required police permit.

Yesterday, organiser and environmental consultant Chua Giok Pien, 63, shared his knowledge about global warming and how individuals can take active steps to reduce their carbon footprint.

Thousands of people in cities around the world gathered over the weekend to put pressure on leaders to call for tough action on climate change. Some 150 world leaders will be in the French capital for the UN climate change summit that starts today, with the aim of reaching a global pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 30, 2015, with the headline 'Taking steps to reduce their carbon footprint'. Print Edition | Subscribe