An artistic finale to Singapore’s Climate Action Week 2020 with CDL’s Youth4Climate Concert

Marie Mae Wong and Verlene Chew's piano and song rendition of "Colours of the Wind" from the animated movie Pocahontas.

Singapore, 21 August 2020 – Climate change is a long-term existential challenge for Singapore. Even as the immediate issues stemming from the COVID-9 pandemic are addressed, it remains important to press on with climate action as climate change presents reverberating effects on future generations.

Featured as part of Singapore’s Climate Action Week (15 – 21 August), City Developments Limited (CDL) launched the third edition of Youth4Climate Concert. The concert is held in partnership with the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE) and the National Environment Agency (NEA).

President Halimah Yacob giving the opening address at the virtual concert.

Toby Tan performing his original piano composition, “Tomorrow”.

The half-hour long virtual concert premiered on 21 August on the CDL Sustainability YouTube channel, and was packed with climate-related performances by young artists to raise environmental awareness and inspire all to take action for a more sustainable future. It also rallied the community to support social causes through the 2020 President’s Challenge, in commemoration of Singapore’s 55th birthday. The concert’s opening address was delivered by President Halimah Yacob.

The concert comprised an exciting six-act environment-themed performance by 38 young talents aged 12 to 25. The diverse mix of dance and musical acts featured:

  • “How Far I’ll Go” from the animated movie Moana, strings ensemble
  • “Tomorrow”, an original piano composition by Toby Tan
  • “Swan Lake” by Tchaikovsky, ballet performance by Le Grand School of Dance
  • “Earth Song” by Michael Jackson, modern dance by Victoria Ng and Clarisse Choo
  • “Colours of the Wind” from the animated movie Pocahontas, piano and song duet by Marie Mae Wong and Verlene Chew
  • “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong, handbells ensemble by Ministry of Bellz

The Youth4Climate Festival is one of CDL’s flagship programmes in support of youth empowerment and social good. Initiated in 2018, the annual festival aims to provide Singapore’s youth with a platform to express their passion for the environment and green wishes for the future through art and music. A 3P (People, Private and Public) partnership with MSE, NEA and other government bodies, the Youth4Climate Festival supports both the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.