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Religion & environment share a connection: Balakrishnan

Religion and the environment share a connection which lies in the teachings of different faiths, said Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan on Saturday.

SINGAPORE: Religion and the environment share a connection which lies in the teachings of different faiths, and that people are stewards, with responsibility for nature and the environment, said Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan.

He was speaking on Saturday at a seminar where religious leaders shared how faith communities have a role in caring for the environment.

Dr Balakrishnan said it was an "unusual" event, as it was the first time that different religious groups had gathered to discuss the environment.

He took the opportunity to raise the dangers and challenges associated with climate change, including the unprecedented concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Dr Balakrishnan said: "If you measure the carbon dioxide in the air now, it is more than 400 parts per million. What that means is we now have a higher level of carbon dioxide than there has been in the past one million years.

"If you consider the forest, we lost 13 million hectares of forest land every year. If you consider the waste that is being generated, it has doubled." 

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