Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Wednesday (14 Aug) that he plans to talk about climate change during the upcoming National Day Rally, this weekend.
In his official National Day message last week, PM Lee touched on how global warming and rising sea levels are existential threats to the world.
In his National Day message, the head of government said that “the world is entering a more troubled period. We face grave challenges. One – economic uncertainties, with trade and globalisation under pressure. Two – strategic risks, with growing frictions between the major powers. And three – existential threats, with global warming and rising sea levels.
“Singapore will not be immune to these global problems. On the economic front, they will disrupt supply chains, alter trade patterns and shift investment flows. We must get ourselves ready for a very different future.”
In his latest Facebook post, PM Lee cited a BBC News report on how the temperatures in 1,000 cities around the world have increased since 1900.
The report projected further warming from now till 2100 and showed that temperatures in Singapore for July will rise from 27.8°C now to 31.1°C by 2100, in the worst-case scenario.
PM Lee cautioned: “Those are monthly averages. Maximum temperatures during the day will be much higher. Today, we are already hitting daytime highs of 32°C and even 34°C, so by 2100 Singapore could see 37°C days!”
He added: “We must treat climate change very seriously. As a low-lying island, Singapore is particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels. I will be talking about how we must respond to this at the National Day Rally this Sunday, 18 August, at 6:45 pm.”
This year’s National Day Rally will be held at the Institute of Technical Education at PM Lee’s own GRC, at 2 Ang Mo Kio Drive, Singapore 567720. The PM will deliver his speech in Mandarin and Malay from 6.45pm – 7.30pm and will deliver the speech in English from 8.15pm – 9.30pm.
Local radio and television stations will broadcast the Rally on a live telecast that can also be seen on the PMO’s YouTube channel or PM Lee’s Facebook page.
In my National Day Message (https://bit.ly/2YSx2c1), I said that global warming and rising sea levels are existential…
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