If you thought there would be a slowdown in the news cycle as the world tiptoed into the new year, think again.
Daily updates on Covid-19 resurgence, lockdowns and vaccines continue unabated, as well as news on the messy transition of leadership in the United States. In Southeast Asia, 2021 is off to a wet start as parts of Malaysia and Indonesia experience massive rainfall and floods, and tens of thousands of people have been forced to evacuate and some have lost their lives.
Amid the intensity of daily news, it is important to keep our eyes on longer-term sustainability goals and the need for continued investment in solutions and conservation.
With this in mind, Temasek Foundation and Eco-Business are proud to launch the 2021 edition of The Liveability Challenge this Friday. The annual search for solutions to Asia’s greatest sustainability challenges, with a prize kitty of up to S$1 million, enters its fourth year and we invite you to join us at 4pm (GMT +8) on 15 January as we unveil the themes of this year’s challenge.
You’ll also find in today’s newsletter the start of a series in which we catch up with past finalists of The Liveability Challenge and find out what they’ve been up to.
Read also about what Asia’s energy sector needs to do this year to get in line with climate targets, and a new initiative by Britain’s Prince Charles to mobilise US$10 billion by 2022 to fund nature-based solutions and protect natural capital.