My first ever involvement in climate action and sustainability was during the 2016 Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) with my project on investigating the optimal amount of surfactants needed for oil removal in dishwashing, helping to reduce detergents and water needed while maintaining adequate detergency effect. An awareness campaign was promoted throughout communities, helping household consumers to use less detergents and water.

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Me (right) and my team receiving the award for 1st prize in the 2016 Singapore Junior Water Prize at Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

Since then, I have actively participated in other related events such as the Budapest Water Summit and the annual Singapore World Water Day.

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Presenting the winning project of SJWP 2016 with DPM Teo Chee Hean at the 2017 Singapore World Water Day event at Marina Barrage.

Recently, I have embarked on another project on water sustainability. This time using abundant plant sources (for this project, agar) as a novel method of promoting agriculture where the use of soil is not viable in places affected by dry monsoon seasons.

With extensive experiences in water sustainability, I hope to carry this journey on through participation in related summits and competitions where my passion and expertise can be put to use. Through active involvement I hope to build networks with people of the same interest and goal.

Promoting climate actions is especially important for countries like Singapore where majority of essentials such as food and water are imported from overseas. Innovation in sustainability, from producers to consumers, can help reduce dependency on imports. Thus fostering a stronger resource security. Promoting climate actions can also be achieved through working with other industries, innovating through collaborations with different innovators. This can create a closer bonds not only between developers but also strengthen the interconnected ecosystem of innovations here in Singapore.

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