On this Earth Day, we take the opportunity to send out 80 physical copies of our Create for Climate art catalogue - a catalogue of works by young artists imagining a fossil-free future, alongside original articles by The Straits Times Environment Correspondent Audrey Tan, 350.org’s Regional Coordinator Liangyi Chang, Bernadette Maheandiran of investments watchdog Market Forces, strategist and curator Sarah Ichioka, Director of Desire Lines, and - from the rising generation - Aidan Mock, a student member Fossil Free Yale-NUS College.
These copies go towards our contributing artists and writers, and also to individuals in cultural, ministerial and financial leadership positions in Singapore. Amongst those addressed are the major banks including OCBC, DBS, UOB, public office holders in the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ministry of National Development, and the Prime Minister’s Office.
Cultural and art institutions such as the National Gallery and Singapore Art Museum are also addressed. As we celebrate Earth Day, we observe the many ways a fossil-free future impacts and matters to the shape of the lives we will live in within this decade. The time to act is now, and our young artists and contributing writers sketch out a vision of the reality they already live.
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This comes fast forward 5 months from November 2018, when we had the pleasure of hosting an art exhibition and awards ceremony for young artists aged between 12-25 years, at the Singapore Eco Film Festival. 350’s mission is to go onwards and forwards, despite the terrain, and we’re excited about the paths these 80 booklets of vibrant colour and intention will unlock.
This publication went to print before the OCBC and DBS announcements that they would no longer be investing in fossil-fuel projects. While we celebrate the good progress, we also see room for their efforts to align with their current work - we note for instance that DBS is continuing to finance two coal plants in Indonesia, which they name Java 9 and 10, while OCBC still intends to go ahead with the financing of two inefficient coal plants in Vietnam. Powered by Singapore volunteers, Create for Climate is supported by 350.org East Asia and curated pro bono by Desire Lines.
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