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Nature spaces in Singapore are part of our heritage. How has the island’s environmental history impacted its current landscape?

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		Rawa | The Nature Club image

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For many of us, the past year and a half have been a rediscovery of our beautiful island through exploring new parks, round-the-island cycling trips. For some, access to nature spaces is not only about getting physical exercise, but also gives a sense of calm and groundedness.

Just like iconic buildings, and hawker centers, the nature spaces in Singapore are part of our heritage. How much do we remember of these spaces? What was our relationship with them when we were growing up? How has the island’s environmental history impacted its current landscape?

Our discussion will centre around how shared memories can bridge intergenerational divides, and the choices we make around our nature spaces. Speakers, including the curators of the Human x Nature exhibition, will join us to explore together how our shared histories and memories can be the pathway to restoring our relationship with nature.

Please be prepared to actively participate in the book discussions. You can read the book ahead of the session, or just come with a curious mind to share your thoughts on this topic!

About the Book

Rawa is the story of the Orang Seletar spanning three generations from 1950s to 1980s. The Orang Seletar are an indigenous people of Singapore who lived in boats. The socio-political changes in the 1950s and land reclamation forced them to make significant changes to their way of life, with some choosing to refuse statehood. Returning to Singapore in his later years, he finds that although his grandson grew up in high-rised HDB flats and elevated MRT, an innate love of the sea is still how he connects with his grandson. Rawa is a gentle story that reminds us of why losing nature is also losing a part of ourselves, and that maybe it is our collective nostalgia that possibly reclaim some what remains.

Isa Kamari is a prominent figure in Singapore’s Malay literary scene. He has gained critical acclaim for many of his works, which range from novels and short stories to poetry and essays. In 2007, his contributions to the nation were officially recognised when he was conferred the most prestigious arts award in Singapore, the Cultural Medallion; he is the first non-full-time artist to receive the award. He is a full-time architect with LTA.

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The Nature Club aspires to be an intergenerational book club (for all ages), creating a space that centres the narratives and discourse that matter so dearly to us. Crises like the climate crisis - among others - often inject moments of ecological grief, hurt and isolation, and it is in such times, when we need to come together as a community and as people. We hope to find some of that in stories; Stories we read in our younger days, stories we may see in a movie or film, and the stories that speak closest to our hearts. 


		Rawa | The Nature Club image
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