Young Singaporeans less optimistic in averting climate crisis

Only 41.3% of Singaporeans are optimistic in averting a climate disaster. This is 5.7% lower than the current global average.

Less than half of Singaporeans were optimistic in averting climate disaster, with the number notable among those aged 30 and below, according to a recent survey by Epson.

Derek Tan, Head of Sales and Marketing at Epson Singapore, said that the 41.3% rate has also decreased from last year, which he said was attributed to various factors, including the impact of rising prices and the urgent need for sustainable strategies.

“Those younger generations, 30 and below, they're the ones less likely to feel optimistic, because they're most affected by this climate emergency,” he said.

In contrast, older generations tend to be more hopeful, continuing to advocate for stronger climate action.

Tan pointed out that this sentiment is mirrored in the actions people are taking. Measures like reducing plastic use, opting for walking or cycling, and embracing reusable products are becoming more prevalent.

“The survey shows us that about three in five respondents plan to make the switch to renewable energy, and about half are considering electric vehicles. This is a clear alignment with the Singapore green plan 2030,” he said.

Furthermore, a significant portion of respondents plan to switch to renewable energy, and nearly half are considering electric vehicles, aligning with Singapore's Green Plan 2030.

“Now the responsibility to avert climate disaster shouldn't rest solely on individuals. Singaporeans are looking to improve sustainable strategies and workplaces. And this includes enhancing recycling or reusing products, investing in environmental technologies, and reducing our reliance on natural resources in the production and our transport,” he explained.

Tan also addressed the critical issue of rising prices, noting its prominence over public health concerns in Singapore. He said that inflation and climate change are the twin threats to Singapore and that the two are closely linked to each other.

“Singaporeans lack of optimism in the climate comes as the country witnessed a 4-year record high temperatures in May this year, just before the survey was conducted in July,” he said, “In the same month, the banks in Singapore have reported 14-year high inflation rate as we face an economic slowdown.”

Responding to a question about Epson's approach to these challenges, Tan highlighted the company's commitment to making an economic case for climate-friendly action. He said that Epson's strategy focuses on sustainable and cost-effective solutions, like their EcoTank printers, which use less power and produce fewer CO2 emissions.

"Our EcoTank printers consume up to 85% less power, and 85% less CO2 to give you cost savings on an electricity bill. Now, since the launch of these printers, about 10 years ago, we've avoided over half a million tons of CO2 emissions,” he said.

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