Go Green SG 2024: Uniting for a Greener, Healthier Singapore

Student journalists from The Republican Post covered the 'Go Green SG' event promoting public hygiene and sustainability. Featured in the photo are How Jing Yi, Annette Lee, and Glenn Yong. (Photo: Emily Voon Jing Wen)

The highly anticipated Go Green SG 2024 event kicked off on June 12th 2024 at Republic Polytechnic (RP), heralding a month-long celebration of sustainability and public hygiene. This year’s campaign promises a myriad of activities, workshops, and campaigns aimed at encouraging Singaporeans to adopt greener lifestyles and practices.

Student journalists from The Republican Post covered the 'Go Green SG' event promoting public hygiene and sustainability. Featured in the photo are How Jing Yi, Annette Lee, and Glenn Yong. (Photo: Emily Voon Jing Wen)

Go Green SG is a nationwide movement spearheaded by the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment. It aims to rally citizens, organisations, and the community to take collective action towards a more environmentally sustainable and climate-resilient Singapore. The event spans from June 12th to July 14th, featuring various sustainability-related activities.

Highlights of Go Green SG 2024 Launch

The launch event was held at The Republic Culture Centre (TRCC) at RP on June 12th, 2024. Prominent figures, including Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, Dr. Amy Khor, SPS Baey Yam Keng, Annette Lee, and Glenn Yong, along with several sustainability advocates like Biogirl MJ and the founder of VintageWknd, graced the occasion.

Several impactful videos were showcased during the opening. A short film featuring characters Andy and Rishi illustrated the importance of public hygiene, demonstrating how Andy’s nagging about hygiene practices ultimately saved him in a miniature world of trash and germs.

Following this, The Go Green RP Video highlighted RP’s sustainability initiatives, noting that 20% of the institution’s energy is saved through solar plans and that sustainability is a key part of the curriculum for all students. Additionally, Annette Lee and Glenn Yong performed a specially composed song for the event, adding a catchy music element to the campaign’s message. 

School of Applied Science (SAS) students, Choo Jie Ee (Far Left) and Chua Yu An (Far Right) assisting with the Valorisation of Okara booth. (Photo: Sofia Ysabel Concengco Taparan)

Innovative Projects and Booths

The event also featured various booths where the ministers and visitors could learn about student, community, and industry efforts to tackle sustainability challenges. One notable project presented was the Valorisation of Okara into plant-based cheese and extruded snacks, demonstrating innovative approaches to waste reduction and sustainable food production. 

Public Hygiene: A Key Focus 

A significant focus of Go Green SG 2024 is the importance of public hygiene. Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat (DPM Heng) emphasised this in his speech at the launch event, stating, “Public hygiene is important for all city dwellers as cities get more and more populated, and denser. It is critical in preventing the spread of viruses and pathogens.” He noted that 94% of Singaporeans are satisfied with public hygiene levels, according to a study by Singapore Management University (SMU). 

DPM Heng praised the progress made by the National Environment Agency (NEA) in encouraging diners to return their crockeries and trays, with compliance increasing to 93% from 65% in August 2023. “Good simple habits make Singapore a cleaner and greener environment,” he remarked, citing Japan as a model of cleanliness. 

“Everyone has a role, everyone should do our part to make a difference, and we should work together. By working together, we make a bigger difference!”

DPM Heng Swee Keat

A Whole-Of-Nation Movement 

Go Green SG reflects a collective effort involving more than 160 partners organising over 300 activities that engage various sectors of society, from educational institutions to community groups. DPM Heng highlighted, “To have good habits, it is good to start from young,” underscoring the importance of early education in sustainability. 

Making Singapore a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable city is no simple task, but it is a collective effort that requires the dedication and participation of every individual. Through Go Green SG 2024, Singapore demonstrates its commitment to environmental stewardship from public hygiene campaigns and educational programs to community-driven activities and corporate sustainability efforts, every action contributes to the overarching goal of creating a more livable and resilient city. 

Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat delivers the opening speech at the Go Green SG 2024 launch, emphasising this year’s focus on public hygiene. The event underscores the importance of maintaining cleanliness in public spaces and promotes community participation in eco-friendly initiatives. (Photo: Go Green SG)

Prominent influencer and sustainability advocate Biogirl MJ shared her enthusiasm on Go Green SG 2024, “Everyone thinks that sustainability is a scary and complex subject, but with the right storytelling and message, everyone will slowly understand and start to care more.” She believes that everyone’s ripples can impact big waves of change.

Engaging Activities for All

Go Green SG 2024 offers a diverse range of activities and events designed to engage every segment of the community in sustainable practices. From immersive wildlife explorations to hands-on workshops, there’s something for everyone to enjoy and learn from. Among these, the “Marine Adventure with Biogirl MJ” stands out as a captivating and educational experience for all ages.

30-year-old content creator Kong Man Jing, also known as Biogirl MJ, creates minute-long videos on biodiversity, science, and climate change to raise awareness and inspire change among Singaporeans. (Photo: Sofia Ysabel Concengco Taparan)

Led by the enthusiastic and knowledgeable Biogirl MJ, this adventure takes participants to Changi Beach, a location rich in biodiversity and natural beauty. Here, you’ll embark on a journey that unveils the secrets of Singapore’s coastal ecosystems.

The “Marine Adventure with Biogirl MJ” is an excellent opportunity to connect with nature, learn about marine ecosystems, and make a positive environmental impact. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast or looking for a meaningful activity to do with your family, this adventure offers a unique and enriching experience.

To find out more, you can head to Go Green SG’s website and discover the wonders of our marine world with Biogirl MJ. 

Looking Ahead

The journey towards sustainability requires the collective effort of every individual, organisation and community. “Whether it is the east coast or west coast, Singapore is one coast”, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat. Reflecting the unified approach needed to achieve our environmental goals.

The launch of Go Green SG is a calling for all of us to embrace sustainable living and work hand-in-hand to protect our planet. As we move forward, let’s continue to innovate, educate, and inspire each other to create a greener, healthier, and more sustainable Singapore.

Together, we can make a significant difference and ensure a sustainable future for generations to come.