Jurong, 30,000 new trees to beat the heat on the mega oil companies island
Off the south-western coast of Singapore, the artificial island of Jurong is currently facing the presence of numerous polluting corporations, including over 100 oil, petrochemical and chemical companies. This has caused a substantial increase in temperature over time.
In order to meet this situation, the JTC Corporation and the National Parks Board (Nparks) recently announced that a massive ecological project is about to start on the island, a project that provides for 30,000 extra trees in the next three years.
The new plants, in addition to the 10 thousand already existing, will belong to different species, including Neolitsea cassia and Planchonella obovata, which have been selected because of their rusticity and drought tolerance, as well as their beauty.
The new trees will be mainly placed along busy roads and they will help to make the climate cooler, improving the quality of workers life on the island and bringing benefits for the whole ecosystem.
The initiative was disclosed on the occasion of the "Clean and Green Singapore 2019" campaign launch, with which the city is banking on sustainability through a better management of resources, waste and green areas, in collaboration with administrations, citizens and companies operating on the territory.
In order to finance this 30,000 new trees project, over 500 thousand dollars has been raised in Jurong, also thanks to the oil companies and chemical industries that work on the territory.