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 Zuraida Abdul Rahman Gulam







I used to go back to Indonesia every half a year since my mother was born in Indonesia. While I have good memories of Indonesia’s kampung spirit, I still remember the painful memories of hitting my head in the vans of Indonesia. It does not matter if the driver drives slowly as the number and depth of the potholes cause damage to every passenger in that unfortunate vehicle riding on Indonesia’s roads.

Recently, Singapore is also facing the same problem. Potholes and cracks start to form on the roads of Singapore. Of course, these potholes and cracks are not due to moles or rats but instead due to the massive burden of Singapore’s traffic. With the increasing rain, these cracks widen into potholes that can fit a large umbrella – an impressive feat of nature. While stunning, such faults may result in traffic accidents, especially with wet weather. Hence, the government has attempted to repair these cracks and potholes, but the rain causes the asphalt to thin out and halt repairs.

What we should focus on is this abnormally heavy rain. This heavy rain can be attributed to global warming as the heat causes extreme changes in weather, such as the heavy rain experienced in December 2020 and January 2021. The sudden increase in rainfall not only results in our roads cracking but also affects our daily activities. These problems are indeed what SDG goal number 13 attempts to address – to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. The most efficient way to resolve this problem will be to reduce the number of vehicles on the road. By doing so, the burden borne by the roads decreases and results in fewer cracks forming. Also, the amount of carbon dioxide produced by driving vehicles decreases, slowing down global warming, killing two birds with a stone. The Singaporean government has also set a goal of replacing all vehicles with electric vehicles by 2040 to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. While this is an affirmative step towards reducing our carbon footprint, we should also attempt to reduce our carbon footprints individually through methods such as reducing the use of cars to protect the environment for our future generations.