Inculcate anti-littering values

I am heartened to read that the amount of litter left by partygoers at the National Day celebrations this year has significantly decreased ("Far less litter left by NDP partygoers this year"; Aug 29).

While this is most certainly a good sign of progress in our move towards being a clean city, instead of a "cleaned" one, there is still room for improvement, as partygoers had to be reminded to bin their rubbish.

Social awareness is essential in the building of a more gracious society, and we should strive to make it an innate trait in every individual.

The Government and various stakeholders have put in a lot of effort to encourage Singaporeans to keep the country clean and green, such as encouraging patrons of food and beverage outlets to return their trays and getting students involved in cleaning their school.

These efforts are commendable but will not succeed without cooperation from the public.

Any campaign or activity must be done with active participation by parents to inculcate desirable social values in their children.

Only then will subsequent generations of Singaporeans instinctively clean up after themselves, without the need for reminders, thereby advancing our goal for Singapore to be truly clean.

Tan Jin Wen, 16,

Secondary 4 student

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 21, 2016, with the headline 'Inculcate anti-littering values'. Print Edition | Subscribe