Join us this month as we look at the subject of Air Pollution in Singapore. This session begins with a talk by Dr. Erik Velasco, Research Scientist at Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research & Technology, and Lynn Tang, Director of Programs, Environmental Health at Vital Strategies, and will be followed by a panel discussion with our speakers and Aurélie Charmeau, Director of Research and Ground Solutions at People’s Movement to Stop Haze (PM Haze).
This session is supported by Young NTUC.
Air pollution in Singapore: challenges and opportunities
Air pollution is still a problem in Singapore. In addition to the smoke haze episodes triggered by widespread wildfires across neighboring islands, the industrial and shipping activities, and daily traffic are significant sources of pollution. This talk reviews the underlying natural and anthropogenic causes, analyze the social, economic, environmental and health impacts, and the response of authorities, media and society. The need of a strong investment in scientific research to solve/mitigate this problem of public health is pointed out, as well as the need of detailed contingency plans providing timely air quality information and health advisories.
Lynn will talk about the problem of air pollution in general, the challenges for improving air quality in Singapore, the value of viewing air pollution through a public health lens, and what Vital Strategies hopes to do in Singapore and the region.
About Our Speakers & Panellists
Dr. Erik Velasco does applied research on air quality and climate change mitigation in (sub)tropical cities. The purpose of his work is to provide scientific information for devising strategies effective in reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and minimizing exposure to air pollution. Dr. Velasco received his PhD from Washington State University and has been involved in air quality studies during the last 20 years.
Lynn Tang is the Director of Programs, Environmental Health, Vital Strategies, Singapore. The initial focus for the Environmental Health division is to engage interested stakeholders on the topic of ambient and household air pollution in Singapore and the rest of SE-Asia. Lynn started her career with the Singapore Government before moving into the International NGO space, where she has worked for Conservation International, UN Women and Save the Children. She holds a Bachelor of Communications from Northwestern University and a Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration from the Singapore Management University.
Aurélie is Director of Research and Ground solutions at People’s Movement to Stop Haze (PM Haze). She started her career in France as an environmental engineer, in the soil and groundwater remediation sector. She discovered the haze when she moved to Singapore in 2015. Feeling concerned, she started volunteering with PM Haze, a non-profit organization striving to drive a global movement to stop the haze by empowering the community with the knowledge, means and values to do so.
She worked for a time with the Fire Free Alliance, a voluntary, multi- stakeholder platform comprising forestry and agriculture companies, NGOs and other concerned partners keen to contribute to a solution to Indonesia’s persistent fire and haze problems with a focus on fire prevention through community engagement.
In 2017, Aurélie became a full-time staff at People’s Movement to Stop Haze. She is managing the research team and organising volunteer expeditions to Indonesia and Malaysia to enable Singaporeans to understand the situation on the ground and land a hand to local fire prevention programmes.