If there is only one exhibition you bring your children to this year, make it Season of Sustainability – Climate S.O.S. This month-long showcase at level four of the ArtScience Museum highlights the impact of climate change on the world’s oceans and polar regions. But that is so far away from us, you may think. So what, right?
“What happens in the Arctic does not stay in the Arctic”
The thing is, nothing that happens in the Arctic stays in the Arctic. In fact, everything that happens at the earth’s polar regions has a drop-down effect on us. It is the butterfly flapping it’s wings, only in this case it is every single drop of melting ice that falls into the sea. That drip, drip, drip, is a constant reality now and every drop brings us closer to climate devastation. Which will be the trigger point?
We may be over 10,000 km away from the Arctic, but this affects us too. Singapore is warming up 2.5 times faster than the global average and we are turning up our air conditioners everywhere – at home, at work, and in the shopping malls. This contributes to accelerating climate change and the melting of the polar ice caps — Earth’s natural coolers — leading to extreme weather, and floods.
Did you know that when you stroll along Stamford Road, you are actually walking on top of the Stamford Detention Tank, a massive underground water storage that can hold as much as 15 Olympic-sized pools? This $227 million tank helps reduce flood risk in Orchard Road by holding excess stormwater, and pumping it back into the drains after the storm subsides. We need this because climate change has led to intense rainfall here.
Climate change is happening twice as fast in the Arctic as it is anywhere else on earth. What can we do to slow it down and protect our #CommonFuture? This is what the exhibits and experiences in Climate S.O.S., developed by ASM together with partners such as Eco-Business, the Singapore Eco Film Festival and MeshMinds ask, and answer.
This new short film documentary was shot on location in the Arctic and in Singapore. It brings us to the world’s northernmost community in the Arctic, where we see the environmental impact of increasing temperatures. Glaciers are receding, and melting permafrost means the Global Seed Bank is in danger of losing its store. We see carcasses of reindeer that have starved to death after bring trapped in fishing ropes, the guts of dead seabirds filled with plastic. Watching it is a wake-up call for me and I wonder what more I can do to help. Which brings us to…
Changing Course 2019: An exploration of climate crisis
What is your relationship with the planet? How can we change our mindset and our patterns of behaviour to help our planet? Here, see the 10 things that society must to do to respond to climate change. One of them is to have fewer children. Agree? Also, don’t miss “On This Earth”, a 360 degree VR experience that brings you on an immersive exploration into the Arctic, India, and Singapore to experience the story of our global climate crisis.
Each year, an estimated 8 million tons of plastic waste reaches the ocean. Fish, seabirds, sea turtles, and other marine mammals are victims of plastic pollution. They get entangled in or ingest plastic debris, and suffocate, starve, and drown. Singapore creative technology studio MeshMinds, and digital artist André Wee’s new digital artwork — CleanSeas AR — raises awareness about this in a fun way. All you have to do is smile! Note: This is created for Facebook Camera; you need to have the FB app to use it. The CleanSeas AR experience is available online at http://l.ead.me/cleanseas
Everyone Can Create: Clean Seas
This interactive workshop is facilitated by MeshMinds, and taught on iPad. Use digital photography, drawing, video, music to express your ideas and create marine creatures using physical objects and the augmented reality application, AR Makr. Saturday – Sunday | 5-6, 19-20, and 26-27 Oct, Rainbow Room, Basement 2. Admission is free on a first-come- first-served basis, subject to availability. For all ages.
(See also: 7 Steps to a Zero-Waste Household in Singapore)
ArtScience Late: iNCH
In 2018 Singaporean musician Inch Chua (iNCH) went on the the International Antarctic ClimateForce Expedition, where she collected the sounds of its haunting landscape. With these, she has put together her very first radio play featuring music and soundscapes of Antarctica. 17 Oct, 7.30pm and 9pm
Season of Sustainability – Climate S.O.S
When 5 Oct to 3 Nov 2019, 10am – 7pm
Where ArtScience Museum
Cost Free admission