If You’re Looking Into Being Eco-Friendly, This Festival Is For You

Film and photography mecca Objectifs is currently staging Stories That Matter, a series of exhibitions, talks and film screenings that center around the theme of "Conspicuous Consumption" - examining patterns of consumption and their ramifications.

On from now till 25th March, Stories That Matter at Objectifs is the perfect one-stop shop you can go to if you’re at all curious about being more conscious of the environment we live in.

While trends may come and go, being environmentally conscious is one trend we hope will continue to gather momentum and traction. No one’s ever said that the fashion set and eco-warriors had to be two mutually exclusive tribes – just look at Beauty and The Beast star Emma Watson, who proves that the two can be intertwined.

Here, we highlight some of the films that will be screening:

#1: Safari by Ulrich Seidl

Yup, you guessed it. Austrian director Ulrich Seidl examines the popular pastime of trophy hunting – that is, the hunting of “prizes” such as lions, elephants and other belaboured animals by wealthy European tourists in Africa. I would say though, that the “sport” is not merely exclusive to European tourists and that’s an unfortunate fact.

24th March, Friday, 7.30pm, Chapel Gallery, entry by donation

#2: Bugs by Andrea Johnsen

Bugs may creep out a lot of people but Danish director Andrea Johnsen is more interested in looking at them in another way: as a potential source of food. In an increasingly overpopulated world with dwindling natural resources, this is a scary scenario we might have to contend with in the future.

22nd March, Wednesday, 7.30pm, Chapel Gallery, entry by donation

Besides the various film screenings, there’s also an ongoing photo exhibition entitled EverydayClimateChange where professional photographers from all over the world contribute photos to a joint Instagram account (@everydayclimatechange).

Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia. Photo by Paolo Patrizi @paolopatrizi for @everydayclimatechange Every year, the lake yields about 300,000 tons of fish, making it one of the world’s most productive freshwater ecosystems. That and the floods that pulse through it in monsoon season, swelling it to as much as five times its dry-season size, have earned the lake the nickname “Cambodia’s beating heart.” But the Tonle Sap is in trouble — from overfishing to feed a fast-growing population, from the cutting of mangrove forests that shelter young fish, from hydroelectric dams upstream, and from the dry seasons that are expected to grow hotter and longer with climate change. Climate models forecast longer, hotter dry seasons for Southeast Asia, and more intense monsoon floods. Both changes could disrupt the migration and spawning patterns of Tonle Sap fish. #everydayclimatechange #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #globalwarming #everydayeverywhere

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On from now till 30th April, it’s a fascinating insight into multiple cultures located all over the world and the plights they’re individually facing – and also how certain communities have came up with innovative solutions to their problems.

16th March to 30th April, Courtyard, free admission.

Like this? Check out how Emma Watson proves that you can be both fashionable and eco-friendly at the same time, cool cultural events you shoud take note of this March and meet Singapore’s newest up-and-coming artist, Lee Yun Qin.

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