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Nature's Nest Architects at Sungei Buloh
A Close Look at Nature: speech
by Dr Aline Wong
Clean & Green Week: Spot-Art
Competition and Treasure Hunt
Wader Ringing Programme:
Shoot the Birds! Photography at Sungei
Wader Watching at the Main Hide
from the speech given by Senior Minister of State (Health and Education),
Dr Aline Wong on 6 November 1995 during the Clean and Green Week Schools'
is so much in Sungei Buloh which offers us a chance to take a good close
lookthe flocks of migratory birds stopping over at the Park; the
mangrove plants flourishing at the water's edge; the myriad crabs, shells,
fish and other creatures thriving in this habitat. Sungei Buloh is home
to about 500 species of plants and animals.
Sungei Buloh is an excellent place to educate the young about nature.
The park is designed to bring us close to nature, yet minimise disturbance
to it. Sungei Buloh is like a window on our natural heritage.
The Park stands at the mouth of a river. If we do not look after the river
upstream, rubbish debris would flow into the Park and disturb the ecosystem.
A lot of effort, time and money has been spent in cleaning up our water
courses in Singapore. Aquatic life has returned to waterways which were
once so polluted that the water in them was black and smelly. Through
the "Our Waterways" programme, schools have adopted some of the water
courses in Singapore, and are monitoring the water quality and documenting
the aquatic life.
Clean and Green Week is an annual event for Singaporeans to reaffirm our
commitment to the environment. The schools, governmental and non-governmental
organisations, as well as the business community are all involved. I am
pleased to see the volunteers from the Biotechnology Department of the
Ngee Ann Polytechnic helping out in the event. It is only fitting that
we should work together closely to care for the environment and our natural
Individually, we can do our bit through through simple, daily actions.
For example we can sell our newspapers to the rag-and bone man, write
on both sides of paper recycle our drink cans, buy environmentally-friendly
products, or even simply by not littering.
It is said that young children are able to make out the details of a hawk's
lumage from a distance with their naked eyes. Let you who are young close
nature and see how wonderful and intricate it is. Care for it and keep
it so that in time to come, your children's children will still be able
to enjoy it as you have today.