Punggol carnival encourages residents to save the planet

SINGAPORE - About 450 Punggol residents and children attended a carnival to learn about environment conservation on Saturday.

Held at Punggol 21 Community Club, the Just One Earth Carnival aimed to encourage locals to care for the environment.

Story-telling sessions and activities were held at the event, which will also run on Sunday. It is organised by the North East Community Development Council (CDC).

Mayor of North East District Teo Ser Luck, who attended along with Acting Minister for Education (Schools) Ng Chee Meng, said: "This programme is really about creating awareness and making the learning journey fun. This is for both children and parents.We need the parents to be consistently teaching the children about protecting the earth."

Mr Teo added that North East CDC will also launch a new anti-littering programme

Building executive Lee Kok Kuan, 51, who took his five-year-old son to the carnival, said: "It's important that children learn (about the environment) from young, and at home we teach them about recycling and reusing things like bottles."

Taxi driver Immanual Jamal, 42, who was there with his two sons aged 10 and six, added: "It's good for them to learn when they are young so they will know what they need to do to protect the earth."