October 13th, 2015

Unclouding the Haze: What People Can Do

Singapore-On-World-MapWhere does the haze come from? How does haze affect other, pre-existing inequalities in South-East Asia and beyond? Most importantly, what can we do?

Join AWARE at 4 pm on Saturday, 31 October as we hold a panel discussion and community meeting. Featuring speakers Ang Peng Hwa, Vaidehi Shah, and Erik Meijaard, the panel will discuss the links between climate change, gender, and other vulnerabilities, as well as strategies to combat the haze. Following the panel discussion, members of the audience will be split up into breakout sessions to strategise ways different individuals can play their part.

Professor Ang Peng Hwa is a Professor at NTU’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information. He is the co-founder of Haze Elimination Action Team (H.E.A.T.), a ground-up initiative to fight haze and provide clean air for Singapore. Formed in 2007, H.E.A.T. is seeking to sue and boycott the companies involved in starting fires in Indonesia.

Vaidehi Shah is a journalist at Eco-Business, where she covers a range of sustainability issues including agriculture and forestry, policy and finance, climate change, and sustainable development. Prior to that, she managed outreach and environmental projects at local non-profit Singapore Environment Council and has also done policy work at the National Climate Change Secretariat. Vaidehi studied Geography at the National University of Singapore, and Gender and International Development at the University of Warwick.

Erik Meijaard is a conservation scientist coordinating the Borneo Futures initiative and an Honorary Associated Professor at the University of Queensland. Based in Indonesia, he will be Skyping in to the event.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Dr Vivienne Wee, AWARE’s Research and Advocacy Director.

It will be followed by breakout sessions in which participants discuss how they can get involved with efforts to stop the haze. These breakout sessions will be guided by the People’s Movement to Stop the Haze’s (PM.Haze) Blueprint on a haze-free future, presented by Tan Yi Han, President, PM.Haze and Benjamin Tay, Forum Director, People’s Forum on Haze.

Programme:

4.00 – 4.30 pm Speaker presentations
4.30 – 5.10 pm Open discussion
5.10 – 6.00 pm Breakout sessions
6.00 – 6.30 pm Summary

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