A series of events to SHIFT the focus back on Climate, Chaos and Creatures on Earth!
With the pandemic taking center stage the last two years, attention was diverted from many social and environmental issues. However, the effects of COVID-19 are incomparable to the long-term risks of climate change. A 2022 World Economic Forum report lists climate action failure, extreme weather events, and biodiversity loss and ecosystem collapse as the top three of the top 10 global risks by severity over the next 10 years. Urgent systemic changes are needed within our economy and society for a sustainable future.
In this series, you’ll get to sit down alongside humble leaders who are addressing these complex challenges on the ground. Each event will tackle a different issue; with a direct intention to expedite collaborations across sectors and stakeholders to scale solutions.
Tue, 26 Apr 2022 —
Time: 6 - 8pm
Location: Huggs Collective - Maxwell Aibi
Much of our stuff today is not only made from non-renewable and unsustainable sources, but quickly consumed and thrown out. From extraction to processing and ending up as waste, the things we buy are harming the planet through much of it’s life cycle. Plastic is at the top of the list but even natural materials such as cotton are farmed and processed in destructive ways. How do we replace these toxic, non-recyclable materials and transition to a circular economy? What solutions do we have today to create zerowaste products and transform waste into resource?
In the first event of "THE SHIFT - Kopi+Conversations on Climate, Chaos and Creatures on Earth!" series, join Sann Carriere (Co-Founder, Materials Innovation Center), Vickie See (Founder, Singapore Circular Materials Center) and Markus Gnirck (Founder, Lecka Vietnam) in a conversation on sustainable solutions in packaging, building materials, textiles and more.
Sun, 29 May 2022 —
Our Wild Neighbours
Time: 2 - 3.30pm
Location: Programme Zone, Choa Chu Kang Public Library
Snakes, otters, wild boars and monkeys, what animals have you met on a walk, or even inside your home? Singapore has developed with patches of forest and greenery amidst shopping centres and residential areas, and urbanization continues. You can see otters at the Botanic gardens and go shopping at Orchard road in 10 minutes. Less frequent travel and more people out in green spaces since the start of COVID-19 has also led to an increase in human-animal encounters here. Some animals are appreciated, while others cause fear; how do we protect ourselves and them during these moments?
Join our 2nd session of "THE SHIFT - Kopi+Conversations on Climate, Chaos and Creatures on Earth!" series with Jocelyn Chng (ACRES), Cyrena Lin (NParks), Dr. Charlene Yeong (Mandai Nature) and Bernard Seah (Otter Working Group, Otter Watch) to learn more about animal behaviour, what to do when you meet wildlife and national efforts to build a harmonious city in nature.
Fri, 1 Jul 2022 —
Seed, Weed, Feed
Time: 6.30 - 9pm
Location: Singapore Botanic Gardens
With around 70% of the world population expected to live in cities by 2050, urban food resources, connecting with and nurturing the natural and wild spaces in cities have become more critical than ever. In the recent pandemic, Singaporeans were increasingly spending time outdoors for their mental well being; many also started home gardening to grow their own fruits and vegetables.
This next event in "THE SHIFT - Kopi+Conversations on Climate, Chaos and Creatures on Earth!" series will be held at the Seed Bank at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. First, we’ll have a short tour of the Seed Bank followed by short presentations by our speakers, Dr. Marek Mutwil (Asst Prof, NTU), Michelle Tan (Founder, Urban Jungle Folks) and Bingyu Cai (Kampung Architect, Ground Up Initiative) who will share their knowledge and work on local edible plants / weeds in the wild and in the lab and how they are building community, improving food security and reconnecting Singaporeans with nature.