SIIA's Chairman, Simon Tay, was one in a line up of eight speakers invited to inspire and entertain at the TEDxWWF conference, hosted by INSEAD in Singapore on Thursday entitled 'One Planet Living'. His speech, titled Asia's Rise and the Environmental Cost: Up in the Air?, highlighted the environmental challenges facing Asia in the wake of development and economic growth in the region.
Using air quality as a key example, he brought to attention the universal danger of polluting the commons, and the regional cooperation needed to address issues of trans-boundary environmental issues. He said the 'brown cloud' over Asia has broad repercussions for regional human health, as well as the sustainability of the planet's resources. Looking at cases from China, India, and Singapore, he brought to life the daily impact that urbanization and consumption has on our lives in Asia.
WWF's theme for the event, 'One Planet Living' sought to address issues of the environment and sustainability in Asia. The eclectic array of speakers touched on topics from the conservation of the Mekong River and protection of endangered species, to the potential for sustainable palm oil and environmental tourism.
A clip of Simon Tay's TEDx presentation will be available shortly.
More information about TEDxWWF is available here.