We kind of caused the haze

On 21 June 2013, Singapore’s  Pollution Standards Index (PSI)  reached an all time high of 401, a 101 PSI above the hazardous level. There were many work disruptions and schools had to be canceled due to the haze. However, what exactly caused the haze? Many of us, Singaporeans, blamed the haze on Sumatra and Borneo for the mass burning for plants to make space for the next planting season of palm. These palm were grown to supply oil to many parts of South East Asia. One of those countries were Singapore. It can thus be argued that us Singaporeans did in fact play a role in causing the haze. Our extensive use of palm oil contributed to the haze situation.


(Taken from: http://sg.theasianparent.com/singapore-haze-facts-and-precautions/)

We can first reduce our consumption of palm oil. We can do this through checking for labels on products or reducing our consumption of oil. Using vegetable oil instead of palm oil and eating less oily foods is also another way of reducing palm oil usage. For example, milk powders that contain palm oil should be avoided. There would therefore be a lower demand for palm oil and therefore the burning will be reduced.


(Taken from: https://www.google.com.sg/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwj5nLiQm8fNAhUJKo8KHfUxDcAQjB0IBg&url=http%3A%2F%2Fmypalmoil.blogspot.com%2F2014%2F12%2Fpalm-oil-free-labels-damaging-to.html&psig=AFQjCNEtTWMRzlvVca538gIpD1Nf_InCvg&ust=1467082568774392)

Another method is to reduce, reuse and recycle the use of paper. Since paper are made of trees, reducing paper use also reduces the cutting of trees. We can save forests through this method and therefore reducing the burning of trees.


(https://www.google.com.sg/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwijpOORo8fNAhWBrI8KHX8yBGIQjB0IBg&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ibidworld.com%2Fpaper-products-online.html&psig=AFQjCNGwdFZmqxzWWAb0ppa_WK4Wg08XSQ&ust=1467084804883553)

 

In conclusion, the haze situation was a portion of our fault. The haze was started to supply energy to SEA and Singapore included. We should thus try our best to save on palm oil on our own personal scale to avoid another haze crisis. Simple acts such as checking labels and reducing use of paper can reduce the haze. Each of us are responsible in stopping the haze and it is each and every of our little action that brings about change, either for better or worse. We reap what we sow and only by each of us doing our roles as citizens of this planet can we make a change for the better. (Credits: http://pmhaze.org/be-a-haze-fighter/5-ways-to-fight-haze/)

 

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