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Tue 04 Nov 2003

Mother of all park connectors

Category : Singapore Naturalist

Last Saturday (1 Nov 2003), David Bellamy did the honours at the 5th Singapore Environment Lecture organised by the Singapore Environment Council and the Nature Society (Singapore). It was sponsored by BP and hence we made our way to the plush Ritz-Carlton in Millenia Walk for coffee.

It was good to catch up with some old friends, and although that works to my advantage, there were too many familiar faces and not enough new ones. A lot of intense work goes on through the conversations - beats email anyday! I got quite a number of things pinned down which is really useful and is why I started going for these things.

Bellamy, who is no stranger to Singapore can be difficult to follow through his beard so I had to really concentrate. His thesis, built on three scenarios and some 50 years of experience, was that science could lead to a greener world. That could evolve from working with industry towards win-win situations, as he does. One day perhaps, he hoped Singapore would feed herself entirely from locally made food.

And tigers would one day roam Bukit Timah - when Singapore played Britain in the Rugby World Cup Finals! After a supposed recent bout with pessimism, this fascinating man is an optimist once again.

So much so he sparked off similar optimism during the Q&A when Margie Hall stepped forward to suggest we move on the dream that had been tossed around for ages - connecting Bukit Timah with the Central Catchment! A tunnel over the expressway was not too expensive, don't you think? With BP's and other petrol companies help (since the BKE provides for petrol-guzzling cars) it might be the right time to pursue this.

Well, one of the conversations that went on later was about this "mother of all park connectors". Bellamy appears not to have been the only optimist in the room.

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