I was disheartened to see the word "greenies" used in media coverage of the Singapore Climate Rally on Sept 21.
"Greenies" is a term that is often used pejoratively to refer to environmentalists.
Calling those who were present at the rally to demand a cleaner and safer environment for both themselves and future generations "greenies" inadvertently trivialises the cause. It also frames climate change and concern over the environment as a niche issue, one which only those with an interest in the environment care about.
It is not and should not be such because climate change is both a pressing global issue and one that is deeply intertwined with other spheres of our daily lives: Economic development, healthcare and food security all depend on the state of our planet.
It is squarely within Singapore's interest to address climate change, especially on a systemic level.
We need to think about environmental concerns differently and see them as a staple of public and social policy.
I hope the first Singapore Climate Rally is a step towards greater national engagement on the issue of climate change, both on the level of individuals as well as institutions and the Government.
Sarah Ang, 20
Year 2 undergraduate