Today we had an early start. We headed off from the resort after breakfast and caught a fast train towards the singapore zoo, changing trains once and then catching a public bus for the rest of the journey. When we got to the zoo we originally thought that we would have 45 min to look around at all of the animals but as the morning went on we found out that we had another 45min. The Singapore zoo is so beautiful with no fences separating us and the monkeys in the tree. although we didn’t have enough time to do many of the activities that the zoo offered we did things such as having photos sitting directly in front of a family of Orangutans that were eating on a branch and go for a tour on the zoo tram to have a break from all of the walking that we had done. Other highlights of the Zoo were the “show girls” (a flock of flamingoes), the white tigers, Asian elephants and the giraffe. Arron liked the warthogs, naked mole-rats and squirrels!
Mrs Gow arranged for a charter coach to collect us from the Zoo and take us back to the hotel to get ready for the conference, so that we would not be late for the Opening Ceremony.
Singapore Science Centre and GYS Opening
We arrived at the Singapore Science Centre and were escorted through to the air-conditioned marquee, where the conference was to be held. We were served an extensive Asian-style buffet lunch in our re-usable, recyclable, collapsible GYS containers. On the official opening of the inaugural “Actions for Earth – Global Youth Summit” we welcomed Dr Vivian Balakrishnan the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources. He discussed the issues facing our world and expressed strongly about the importance of the Youth Summit and how our actions could help to reduce even more global warming. Upon opening we were welcomed by an Australian singer, Ms Corinne Gibbons and Eco Music Challenge winners.
We listened to two motivational speakers who encouraged us to come up with simple but effective ideas that could have the potential to change the world. Again we were served a wide variety of Asian foods that ranged from Singapore noodles to stir-fry. After tea we met with our teams and discussed where we were from and how old we were. They made sure everyone had everything that they needed and talked about what we would be doing the following day. When we left the Science Centre and headed back to the hotel for the night.