Launched in 2018, Youth4Climate Festival is an annual youth initiative by CDL in partnership with MEWR, NEA, NParks and ActiveSG.
Its second edition in 2019 attracted about 2,000 people in the two-day event – over the weekend on 20 and 21 July 2019 – at various locations within Singapore Botanic Gardens. The first day of the festival provided youths with a platform to creatively express their passion for the environment through the performing arts. Senior Minister of State for the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources Dr Amy Khor graced the concert on a pleasant Saturday evening with an audience of close to a thousand people. Prior to the concert, hundreds of participants took part in an Eco challenge organised in partnership with NParks and ActiveSG. Participants learnt the importance of preserving our environment through playing bicentennial-inspired games.
On the second day of the festival, about 20 youths who were passionate about the environment and keen to learn how to run a successful eco campaign attended a climate action workshop. They were inspired by two successful young eco champions – Anna Oposa, CDL E-Generation Challenge 2018 winner, Chief Mermaid and Co-Founder of Save Philippine Seas, a non-profit focused on protecting and restoring the Philippines’ coastal and marine resources, and Seastainable founder Samantha Thian, who channels the retail business profits to support marine conservation in Singapore and around Southeast Asia. The Youth4Climate Festival concluded with the movie screening of “Moana”, which carried strong messages about climate change, and attracted over 2,000 attendees as well.