Peace with Nature: 50 Inspiring Essays on Nature and the Environment
- About the Editors
Foreword by President Halimah Yacob
This book is a must-read for all who love nature and the environment. It contains 50 inspiring essays written by Singaporeans and friends who share their perspectives, expertise and experience — as scientists, lawyers, economists, engineers, bankers, government officers, and civil society — all linked by a love for nature, for the environment, and for Singapore. The essays focus on the protection and preservation of Singapore's rich biodiversity (primates, colugos, otters, butterflies, dragonflies, stick-insects, birds, coral reefs, mangroves and sea grasses); efforts to save special areas (the Lower Peirce Reservoir, Chek Jawa, Sungei Buloh, the Rail Corridor and the first marine nature reserve); the contributions of NGOs (Nature Society, Herpetological Society, Waterways Watch Society); and the efforts of scholars, the government and the private sector to ensure a clean and green City in Nature, amidst the challenges of limited space and climate change.
Tommy Koh is an Ambassador-At-Large, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and an Emeritus Professor of Law of the National University of Singapore. He is the Patron of the Nature Society (Singapore) and was made a champion of the Earth by the UN Environment for his leadership role at the 1992 Earth Summit. He was the President of the Third UN Conference on the Law of the Sea. For this and other achievements in negotiations, he was given the Great Negotiator Award by Harvard University.
Lye Lin Heng, PBM, is Hon. Fellow, Law Faculty, National University of Singapore, where she taught Environmental Law and Property Law for many years. She is Hon. Advisor and former Director, Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law (APCEL). She was Vice-Dean (Graduate Programs), and initiated the NUS multi-disciplinary M.Sc. (Environmental Management) [MEM] programme, chairing the programme from its inception in 2001 till her retirement in 2019. Her publications include books on Singapore's Environmental Laws. She is Hon. Advisor to Nature Society (Singapore), and was on the board of WWF Singapore. She was a member of the Board of Governors, IUCN Academy of Environmental Law and its co-Chair, Teaching and Capacity-Building Committee.
Shawn Lum is a botanist and forest ecologist. He taught at the National Institute of Education for over 20 years before moving to the Nanyang Technological University Asian School of the Environment in 2015. His work has largely focused on the dynamics and capacity for regeneration of isolated pockets of tropical rainforest. Shawn is a member of the Nature Society (Singapore) and served as its President from 2015 to 2023. He was born on a large island (Honshu), raised on a much smaller one (Oahu), and has made his life on an even smaller one (Singapore).
Page Count: 460
Year Published: 2023