Environmental Challenge Organisation (Singapore) Delegation Profile

Name: Wilson Ang (Team Leader) Having seen the state of the environment in many developed and developing nations after the World Summit in 2002, Wilson believes that the only way to create a better planet for human survivability is for every individual to take responsibility of their own actions by being more conscious about their daily choices in consumption habits as global citizens. He left his job as an Officer in the Air Force to start ECO Singapore in 2006 and has since reached out to over 2,000 youth leaders and 310,000 members of the public both in Singapore and the region. More recently, an office in Indonesia was being setup to further the cause in the region. He strongly believes that environment plays a very vital role in society that his life mission can simply be phrased into one sentence, “To create and maintain a sustainable lifestyle and culture”. At current, apart from bringing ECO international, he is also building several small green businesses to be able to create green jobs with the goal of creating 10,000 green jobs by the age of 35.

Name: Leong Chia Jang Born in Europe, raised in Singapore, educated in Australia & USA, worked in Asia and the Middle East; Leong Chia Jang a.k.a. LJ is a water treatment engineer who is interested in investigating global “green technologies” that improve the quality of life without adverse impact on the environment.

Name: Lee Zhe Yu Zhe Yu has been a passionate greenie (and humanitarian) since young. Concerned with the current ills of global (economic) development especially with regards to the massive inequity that exists in the world. Realizes that climate change is the most severe global issue affecting mankind and yearns to find solutions that will promote true sustainable development for all. Desires for a new age of multilateralism, internationalism and global citizenship to solve the many interrelated global problems ranging from biodiversity conservation to chronic poverty, overfishing, deforestation, hunger and fair trade.

Name: Kenneth Wong Kenneth started volunteering since 13 years old. Since then, Kenneth has been actively champions the environmental cause, sharing best practices and engaging the views and participation of his peers, both in the local community and overseas. Kenneth was also selected as Singapore’s representative for the British Council East Asia Youth Delegation at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference. With his previous experience from COP15/CMP5, Kenneth hope that this upcoming COP16/CMP6 in Cancun, Mexico will be a more engaging and fruitful experiences for him. For his contribution to the environmental conservation, Kenneth was awarded both the National Environment Agency Ecofriend Award 2010 and HSBC/NYAA Youth Environmental Award 2010.

Name: Logesh Logas is a 17-year-old with a keen interest in both biology, environmental conservation and how they are intertwined where climate change is concerned. Having seen the effects of climate change upset the delicate balance of ecology, she believes that even the smallest actions by both individuals and the government to reduce the causes and effects of climate change will go a long way and preserving both the endangered species of the Earth, and ourselves. The prospect of working with other youth of a similar mindset to achieve the same goal and bring about laws and legislation that can help save our planet drives her and provides her with endless energy and enthusiasm.

Name: Tan Wen Yun Wen Yun’s enduring love affair with the environment and nature began during her childhood, influenced by her parents’ strong concern and views regarding environmental conservation, as well as their meticulous care for the potted plants at home. She strongly believes in the potential to integrate economic possibilities with environmental protection, and also how youths are key to shaping a better future for the environment. She enjoys working with similar-minded youth on environmental causes and hopes that in sharing her experience at COP16 she can inspire her peers to become more pro-active and motivated towards environmental change. Currently a Year 5 student in Raffles Institution, the avid Geography student enjoys music, reading and visual arts.

Name: Judy Goh An avid explorer, Judy was first inspired as a child by the first full photograph of the Earth from space to embrace the environment. She is a third-year student at the Victoria Integrated Program with a passion for foreign policy, the sciences and geography, but strongly believes that legislation is only a fraction of the solution to climate change. As secretary-general in the organizing committee of the futuristic Victorian Model United Nations 2010, she pushed for vital issues geared towards sustainable development. At COP16 in Cancun, she hopes to drive real change from the bottom up to world leaders, representing the voices of the youth and the concerned next generation. When she’s not writing articles for local newspapers and blogs or sorting out recyclables at home, she dreams of discovering innovative breakthroughs in green technology, something she hopes to make a reality one day.

Name: Teh Yi Ying Watching the 2007 Climate Change Conference from afar in Bali, Yiying felt something stir within her. 2 years later with the initial passion taking the form of a fiery conviction, Yiying is now proud to be the President of Victoria Junior College’s environmental club, Earthwatch. Knowing that revolutions always start with small steps, she goes meatless once a week, has stopped using styrofoam completely and encourages others to follow suit. She feels that climate change transcends into every area of society and is also a social issue, taking its toll on developing countries especially which she feels inclined to sympathise with. Yiying strongly believes that at the upcoming Climate Change Conference, youth will be empowered to be that voice for a voiceless Mother Earth. When she’s not running about saving the earth, Yiying likes to read, listen to indie music, and enjoy picnics with friends.

Our Aims: 1. To network with other Asian youth and understand their countries' perspectives on climate change (i.e. looking beyond the local context), and to analyze them to see if they can be applied to the Singapore context 2. To be as actively engaged as possible in the activities we choose to take part in (especially with YOUNGO). 3. To carry out the media strategy. To talk to the people who are actively engaged in controversies and those who represent the minorities, e.g AOSIS) 4. To better understand climate change on a global scale, and to understand Singapore's place in the big picture 5. To provide Singaporeans with as many different viewpoints as possible (including the extreme activists and youth as well) and to present success stories from other delegates on how the power of the people has helped shaped policies on climate change. Our Expectations: 1. To better understand climate change proceedings on an international level 2. To learn more about environmental issues in different parts of the world and to engage with related people to understand their concerns, ideas and possibly solutions 3. To understand the elements which are required for a successful agreement and conference. 4. To find our more on green technology and CDM by attending SBSTA's plenary and evaluating whether these can be applicable to Singapore 5. To understand what is required for a consensus to take place and the main controversies surrounding this lack of consensus Perspectives that we seek to gain: 1. A better understanding in the adaptation of possible solutions to the Singapore context 2. The importance of youth and the community in conservation of the environment 3. The relevance of climate change proceedings on an international scale to the local context. Post-Conference Plans: 1. Sharing sessions in various schools 2. Sharing with youths involved in other environmental NGOs 3. Keeping in touch with other youth delegates and aiding more in COY next year, after gaining a better understanding of the system.

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