According to a December 2018 UN report on worldwide use of single-use plastics, 127 countries have “adopted some type of legislation to regulate plastic bags”. These include the 28 member states of the European Union, who last month voted to ban single-use plastic cutlery, straws, and cups by 2021.

Assistant Professor Aidan Wong from SMU’s School of Social Sciences discusses the value of electronic waste recycling and sustainability in Singapore.
Associate Professor Winston Chow from SMU's School of Social Sciences discusses the continued economic growth of a city by adopting sustainable urban development measures.
Associate Professor Onur Boyabatli from SMU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Business offers his insights into a joint pioneering study on the economic and environmental implications of biomass commercialisation in the agricultural processing industries.

While we forge ahead with urban development and technological advancements, let's pause and take a leaf from history and see how the past can offer us a different perspective in mitigating climate change.

The latest report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) looks at the impacts, adaptation and vulnerabilities associated with the climate crisis, and we are three of the 270 scientists and researchers who wrote it. The document reports stark new findings on the way current global warming of 1.1℃ is impacting natural and human systems, and on how our ability to respond will be increasingly limited with every additional increment of warming.

The United Nations 26th Annual Climate Change Conference COP26 wrapped up in November with the adoption of the Glasgow Climate Pact. Negotiated by over 200 countries, the new pact to reduce global warming reaffirms the Paris Agreement to keep temperature increases below 1.5 degrees Celsius, which translates into tougher national pollution policies across every sector, particularly those related to transportation and energy production.

At the core of every family business is the need to nurture an enduring legacy for future generations. But besides maintaining a financially viable business that thrives across several generations, family business leaders are also bestowed with the responsibility of creating sustainability in every sense of the word.

Extreme weather events point to an increasingly dangerous roulette game we play. Individuals and businesses can do their part but governments must do more at the upcoming Glasgow climate conference.

Imagine you are in a casino where the roulette wheels have only red and black colours. You win if the ball falls on black, and the house wins on red. Currently, more black than red slots exist, so it is a tempting game to play as the odds are in your favour.

Two startups from Singapore Management University’s (SMU) Business Innovations Generator (BIG) incubation programme emerged as winners at the HSBC Swing for the Game Changers 2021 competition.

Magorium and Crunch Cutlery impressed judges with their sustainable solutions to reduce plastic waste in Singapore. They were recognised as the nation’s very own game changers, inspiring others to be forward-looking and ambitious in creating a better and more sustainable future for all.