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New Year, New Rules
Ambitious promises we make at the stroke of midnight on 31 December have often gone up in flames by February, but here are a few eco-resolutions that are worth keeping – and, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again.

Baby Steps:

* Switch chemical-based washing products to eco-friendly ones such as ECOver and Seventh Generation, readily available in Singapore.

* Support vintage or retro clothing. How else can you get a Lanvin dress for under a hundred bucks?

* Catch public transport more often. The bus is going there anyway.

* Switch all bulbs in your home to energy-efficient ones, saving  both

the Earth and money.

Going Further:

Holiday locally (or travel less by plane). One long-haul flight will send your carbon footprint sky high. Literally.

Cycle to work. If you’re worried about breaking a sweat, imagine what will happen if global warming continues.

Adopt a “100-mile diet” approach, buying food locally or from our neighbours across the causeway.

A Striped Tale

As a fan of Tigger, the bouncing, striped resident of the Hundred Acre Wood, and Rajah, Princess Jasmine’s trusty sidekick, tigers have a place in my heart. So, it saddens me that scientists predict tigers could be extinct in less than 20 years.

In November, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and the Government of the Russian Federation hosted the International Forum for Tiger Conservation in St Petersburg. The forum, attended by leaders and delegates of major organisations, addressed a range of problems pertaining to the survival of the majestic cats.

The attendees hope to establish a plan to bring the global tiger population to 7,000 by 2022, the next Year of the Tiger. They aim to do this through implementing a programme that will require funding of about 350 million dollars over the first five years. If successful, tiger populations will be stabilised, and poaching and habitat destruction eliminated.

Studies suggest that the poaching of tigers for their skins and body parts (they’re sold as curios, trophies and medicines) is of most concern. But the sooner people are educated on all the dangers facing these awesome cats, the better.

For more information on the International Forum for Tiger Conservation, visit www.tigersummit.ru

For information on how you can help save the tigers,

visit wwf.panda.org/how_you_can_help/campaign/roar_home/