The Cross Island Line: Limiting Impacts to MacRitchie Forest

On 4 December, the Ministry of Transport announced the decision to run the Cross Island Line under the Central Catchment Nature Reserve (CCNR). This was met with concerns about the impact to the habitats and species within the CCNR. The engagement between LTA and green groups continues, in a process that has spanned 6 years to date. What’s next, and how can we reduce ecological impacts to MacRitchie Forest?

Join us at Singapore Sustainability Academy to hear directly from green groups. The CRL response team will be there to share its next steps, and primatologist Andie Ang and Nature Society (Singapore) President, Shawn Lum, will also be around to take any questions.

Date: 15 January 2020
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Venue: Singapore Sustainability Academy, 180 Kitchener Rd, #06-10, Singapore 208539
Registration: Please sign up here

Admission is free, please share this event with your friends and family.

This session is organised by Green Drinks (Singapore), we would like to give a big thank you to Singapore Sustainability Academy for providing the venue for this event.

For background reading:
– Summary of CRL Phase II EIA
– Nature Groups’ response to the CRL Phase II EIA (before MOT’s announcement on 4 Dec)
– Cross Island Line to take direct route under Central Catchment Nature Reserve

How to get there:
By MRT: Farrer Park MRT station (Northeast Line)
By Bus:

  • Kitchener Road (Before Tai Hoe Hotel, 07231)
    Service No. 21, 125, 130
  • Serangoon Road (Outside Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, 07211)
    Service No. 21, 23, 64, 65, 66, 67, 125, 130, 139, 141, 147, 857, NR6

About Green Drinks (Singapore)
Founded in November 2007, Green Drinks (Singapore) is a registered non-profit environment-focused society that connects community, businesses, activists, academia, media and government for knowledge sharing and collaboration opportunities.

Occasionally, we hold discussion panels, documentary screenings and workshops to further engage the public and participants. Behind the scenes, we work with organisations and government agencies on ways to further engage people to do more for the environment.

Singapore is one of more than 540 cities with a Green Drinks presence. Started in 1989 in London, the Green Drinks movement is a self-organising network that is meant to be simple and unstructured. The global site can be found at http://www.greendrinks.org.

To stay updated on our events and discussions, join our Facebook group, and sign up for our events newsletter by emailing olivia@greendrinkssingapore.com.

19 Nov: The Future of MacRitchie Concert

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This Saturday, pop by MacRitchie Reservoir Park for nature walks and a concert, and show your love for our Central Catchment Nature Reserve. Read more below!

The Future Of MacRitchie concert is an open invitation for people from all walks of lives and living in all parts of Singapore to understand the issues surrounding MacRitchie and the upcoming Cross Island MRT Line (CRL).

A group of volunteers has come together to raise the awareness about a potentially serious threat to MacRitchie, which is part of the remaining 1% of our primary forest that lies mainly in the Central Catchment Nature Reserves.

The proposed construction of a tunnel through the forest for the CRL will affect the biodiversity. Johnson’s Freshwater Crab is waiting anxiously. It is endemic to Singapore in the whole world, and is at risk of extinction.

How can we ensure the delicate balance between nature and progress doesn’t destroy the natural charm of MacRitchie, which has been a favourite nature spot for Singaporeans and tourists.

Engagement between Government and nature groups since 2014 has already yielded positive results, resulting in an Environmental Impact Assessment being conducted.

The final decision on the exact alignment of the CRL is still pending with assurances by the Government that all views from stakeholders will be heard and taken into consideration.

So, if you care about MacRitchie and Singapore’s future, it’s time to come together and show that we mean it.

If you do so, the Johnson Freshwater Crab will be delighted.  And remember it has no MP to write letters that will save it!

Date: 19 November 2016 (Sat)
Time: 3pm – 6pm
Venue: Reservoir Deck, MacRitchie Reservoir Park (view map here)
Admission: Free
RSVP: Register at their website here

For more details, please visit their website – http://futureofmacritchie.storm.sg/.