Happy World Environment Day!

P1130101Dear Bukit Brownies,

We wish you a Happy World Environment Day!

http://www.unep.org/wed/

On this day, we are reminded that we need to be pro-active in protecting our environment.

In Singapore, we see more and more woodlands giving way to roads, residential and commercial developments. The most ironic of all is we are clearing forests and destroying habitats so that we can be more ‘environmental and sustainable’ by building parks and gardens.

Saving the Environment is not just a ‘cool slogan’ which we emblazon on our T-shirts or chant. Also Saving forests should not be limited to saving forests in other countries.

So saving our environment means start taking interests and responsibilities for the forests in your own backyard.

Hence on this day, SOS Bukit Brown hopes that you can help Save Bukit Brown because it is the environmentally correct thing to do.

Save Bukit Brown because it is an accidental forest in our city.

Save Bukit Brown because it is the home to the Changeable Hawk Eagles, pangolins and monkeys.

Save Bukit Brown because it is a Carbon Sink.

Save Bukit Brown because we want future generations to know what a forest looks like.

Please help Save Bukit Brown by signing the open letter and getting more people to sign the open letter. Please make some noise.

https://sosbukitbrown.wordpress.com/action/sign-our-petition/

 

 

 

Add your name to the Open Letter

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Save Bukit Brown, Save Our Singapore

An Open Letter to the Singapore Government

We urge the government to reconsider building a road through Bukit Brown Cemetery in 2012. We wish to save Bukit Brown 100%, and make it a national park to showcase Singapore’s heritage and biodiversity.

Bukit Brown is an invaluable historical site for a young nation seeking to define itself.

There are about 100,000 graves that house the remains of pioneer Singaporeans from all walks of life. Their contributions and sacrifices helped to lay the foundations for Singapore’s success today.

Bukit Brown is a necessary green lung and wildlife sanctuary for a sustainable city.

A 200-hectare woodland habitat, the cemetery is home to wildlife including 86 species of birds, 12 of which are vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered.

 Bukit Brown should become a heritage park and public space to be enjoyed by all.

All Singaporeans and visitors should be able to visit the park and appreciate its historical value and natural beauty. Opening the Circle Line shell station at Bukit Brown will allow easy access to the park. With only 111 cars per 1,000 people in Singapore, Bukit Brown’s destruction is unnecessary.

 Save Bukit Brown 100%.

Enable future generations to write their Singapore Story with it.

Once lost, it is lost forever.

Cutting down trees are not planning for the future!

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Cutting down trees for roads for a ‘worst-case’ scenario of 6.9 million population is not planning for the future.

It is kiasu, kiasi, wreckless and simply unforgivable.

SOS Bukit Brown calls for a moratorium on the LTA’s road plans for Bukit Brown because cutting the forests is destroying the climate for the future generations. Hence, the government needs to be prudent and wise when making such decisions.

No to the highway for now. Let’s stop and rethink for the future generations.

Demon-Cratic Snippet #12

Thanks for this! Demon-Cratic!

https://sosbukitbrown.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/natural-vs-curated-man-made-parks/ This letter was sent in a few months ago to Straits Times but was not published. There was no official answer to explain the logic in making such a decision on spending billions instead of spending nothing.

The Nparks Brompton Bike issue have highlighted a similar logic as well. Why buy a $2000 bike when you can get a foldable bike for $200?

We hope to hear an official statement to help us understand the decision.

For more info on Demon-cratic please see and support https://www.facebook.com/chewleslie

To save Bukit Brown 100%! An Update.

Hello friends,

Previously, The Economist wrote an article on Bukit Brown and it stated that there were 2,000 signatories to our Open Letter asking the Singapore Government not to build a highway through Bukit Brown. We have since collected more signatures, and will be releasing the numbers shortly after we have gone through the counting. This will demonstrate the number of people who find the development plans of Bukit Brown unpragmatic and insufficiently thought-through.

Official plans by the LTA and URA to build that highway through Bukit Brown seem unchanged, despite consistent public outcry. SOS Bukit Brown’s initiative in talking to ordinary Singaporeans on the ground as we garner support to save Bukit Brown indicates that the highway plan remains highly controversial for several reasons. As such, there should be a stay on the exhumation of the graves and the construction of the highway.

In claiming the need to trade-off Singapore’s natural environment, heritage, and national identity, the relevant agencies remain unconvincing on the following points:

1. The claim to require road space over Bukit Brown – This is in direct contradiction to the 2008 Land Transport Master Plan and the calls for input for a new Land Transport Master Plan prioritizing public transport, especially rail, by commuters and curbing the car population which makes up most of the vehicles on the roads.

2. The claim that the proposed highway over Bukit Brown is to ease congestion on Lornie Road – Much of the congestion comes from the PIE, as well as vehicles entering and exiting the PIE and it remains unclear how the highway through Bukit Brown that runs North-South will ease the East-West traffic along the PIE.

3. The claim that the proposed highway through Bukit Brown is to ease traffic with an increase in population – The National Talent and Population Division has not completed studies and discussions in regards to the upcoming White Paper on the future population of Singapore while a recent IPS study shows that Singapore’s population may remain stable over time, even with immigration.

4. The claim that the proposed highway through Bukit Brown will have minimal impact on the environment, hydrology, and possible flooding – The full details of the Environmental Impact Assessment for the proposed highway and its construction remain undisclosed.

5. The claim that documentation is sufficient to make up for the loss in heritage and to national identity – At a time when it is especially important to have public spaces and physical locations to draw all Singaporeans together, especially across generations, as a reminder of where we came from, our diversity, and the values of hard work and sacrifice we share with Singaporeans of an earlier age, it is evident that documentation of previous lost places have not been able to replace the physical places and it remains unclear how documentation of Bukit Brown is able to do so.

6. The claim that it is not possible to maintain Bukit Brown as a nature and heritage site – Many Singaporeans have been visiting and touring the area despite the fact that it is claimed to be abandoned and perceived to be difficult to access by public transport as the Bukit Brown station along the Circle Line is not yet operational.

It is unclear why such trade-offs are necessary, reasonable or even practical.

We hope that all Singaporeans, every one of us, including civil servants, MPs, and Ministers, take the time to take off our other hats and act in the interests of Singapore both for today and for the longer-term. Protecting Bukit Brown is in line with official plans for developing our country in a way that is socially and environmentally sustainable. Protecting Bukit Brown is a way toward the inclusive Singapore we all desire. For these reasons, we repeat our call for a moratorium on all proposed works at Bukit Brown.

See the website:

sosbukitbrown.wordpress.com

CALL FOR MORATORIUM OVER PLANS FOR BUKIT BROWN

CALL FOR MORATORIUM OVER PLANS FOR BUKIT BROWN

Joint release by community of concerned groups

Press Statement                                                                       For Immediate Release (March 19, 2012)

The community of concerned groups over the future of Bukit Brown is formally calling for a moratorium on all plans for Bukit Brown. This moratorium should be in place until there is clarity over long-term plans for the area and discussions over alternatives have been exhausted. Given on-going national discussions over housing, transportation and immigration, there is room for policy adjustments. Plans to develop housing and transport infrastructure in the greater Bukit Brown area cannot be made when these discussions are underway and before the public has had an opportunity to fully consider the details surrounding such proposals.

 

In addition, there has not been sufficient time for a public conversation over plans by the Urban Redevelopment Authority and Land Transport Authority for Bukit Brown, nor a discussion about the alternatives proposed by the Nature Society’s position paper issued in December. We are asking for more meaningful engagement than what we have experienced so far. Bukit Brown is important enough that all parties should be able to participate in discussions over its future reasonably as interested citizens, whether individually, as informal communities, or organised formally.

 

We enclose here a longer statement issued by the community to the Ministry of National Development after the end of a closed-door meeting today. We affirm that the level of engagement is wanting and insufficient consideration given to possible alternatives. We remain unconvinced that the ministry’s approach is the only viable plan for Bukit Brown.

 

We continue to seek fuller engagement over plans for Bukit Brown, and will explore other avenues to voice our concerns, including with the Prime Minister and the Minister for National Development.

 

For media enquires, please contact the following spokespersons:

 

Nature Society:                            64571196

Singapore Heritage Society:         94574305

Asia Paranormal Investigators:     Raymond Goh, 96937856

All things Bukit Brown:                 97853617

SOS Bukit Brown:                          Erika Lim, 91856997

Green Corridor:                            Eugene Tay, 90305254

Green Drinks:                               Olivia Choong, 96887449