Forum: Grab a Sheet from Coldplay’s Energy Saving Book for Mass Events, Forum News & Top Stories

British rock band Coldplay recently announced that their next world tour will be “in the cleanest possible way” (Coldplay will tour green, October 16).

Not only will the band be fully fueling their concert with renewable energy, but carbon capture and removal methods will also be used to further reduce total carbon emissions by half, compared to their previous tour.

The annual National Day Parade (NDP) is one of Singapore’s major events.

In recent years, huge strides have been made towards creating an eco-friendly parade, an example being the 14 green initiatives taken this year in the NPD pack, waste management, advertising and l ‘education.

Yet the majority of these initiatives, while undoubtedly important, focus heavily on the fringe aspects of the NDP rather than the parade itself.

What if we could take inspiration from Coldplay’s initiatives and implement them here?

Coldplay is the pioneer of a kinetic floor, which generates electricity when fans jump up and down. Our NPD is made up of thousands of participants, from interpreters to marching contingents. Imagine if every step of every walker, or every dance movement of every artist, could generate electricity.

Another creative initiative from Coldplay is the use of electric bicycles that generate electricity. It is not a new concept. A fitness area at Bukit Panjang allows people to use sports equipment (including a bicycle generator) to charge their mobile devices while exercising.

The NDP lasts for hours and the public can easily get agitated. Why not reuse this equipment and let the audience sweat while simultaneously fueling the performance they are watching?

While it is probably inadequate to rely on these sources of energy alone, these measures can certainly generate a significant amount of energy. This will help offset the energy required from traditional non-renewable energy sources which have much higher carbon emissions.

In addition to the obvious environmental benefits, additional intangible benefits may arise.

Awareness of environmental issues can be increased and a sense of belonging can be encouraged.

Individuals will be happy that their personal actions, no matter how small, can have a concrete impact in tackling the critical global problem of climate change. As these people progress to influence their social circle, a ripple effect is created.

Over time, I think we will surely move closer to the “whole nation” approach to sustainable development as defined in the Singapore 2030 Green Plan.

Vanessa Ngoi Hui Wen

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