Singapore: An exemplary life style and environment

With a population of 5.2 million, the very least we can say is that the peninsula of Singapore is densely populated! And even if its residents are increasingly dependent on cars and electricity, this is not withstanding their daily struggle to maintain an incredible quality of life, with pure air and a green city. Chewing gum is categorically banned, and only tolerated among tourists or for medicinal purposes! Singapore commands a reputation as the cleanest city in Asia - if not the world - with a highly efficient public transport support and high taxes imposed on pollution culprits.

Indeed Singapore opted for urban ecology in the 1960s, balancing housing, industry and green spaces - an attractive formula for those seeking to invest in the great outdoors. 10% of the island has been preserved to create parks and 54 hectares of futuristic gardens were recently opened right in the heart of the city, complete with underground Mediterranean climate, rain collectors and solar energy. In 2007, the Government decided to invest heavily in ecological research. In 2009, the country launched its first electrical vehicle charging station powered by solar energy. With its low levels of natural resources and water reserves, it aims to free itself from Malaysia’s grip in 2060.

Journey of discovery | Published on: 11 December 2012
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