NUS SCALE gathers 100 eco advocates to make sustainability a reality at Youth Ecosperity Dialogue

2 July 2019 – The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.

Those wise words of renowned polar explorer Robert Swan was what motivated 100 tertiary students from across Asia to participate in this year’s Youth Ecosperity Dialogue (YED).

Presented by the Temasek Foundation International and organised by NUS SCALE, the five-day Dialogue offered these young advocates a platform to discuss the challenges in sustainability today, and collaborate on solutions for a better tomorrow.

It also gave them an opportunity to connect with corporate and government leaders, and build connection among their peers.

During their time here on campus and around Singapore, the students attended the Ecosperity Conference – which the Dialogue runs parallel to as a youth event – and learnt about the latest efforts in the field of sustainability from respected speakers like Mr Swan himself and Dr Ernest Moniz, a former US Secretary of Energy.

They also engaged in dialogue with eminent global leaders in the field of sustainability such as Singapore’s Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Miss Christiana Figueres, and Miss Victoria Kwakwa.

Miss Figueres was an Executive Secretary of the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change who played a key role in brokering the historical Paris Agreement in 2015 involving all 196 nations. Miss Kwakwa is currently with the World Bank as a Regional Vice President for East Asia and the Pacific.

Listening and learning from valuable experience aside, the students were also given an opportunity to make their mark on sustainability efforts through an Innovation Challenge.

Heeding the call to turn ambition into action, the students formed three teams and worked on solutions for sustainability quandaries that real-life corporations are facing.

The teams were first given tours of how the businesses operate and the obstacles they face in achieving better sustainability, which helped them better understand the task at hand. Then, they were given two days to innovate and conceptualise a tangible solution before presenting to a panel of judges.

Swipe through the gallery below for a glimpse of how the event unfolded. 

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