Art For Grabs: Fifty Shades of Green

WILL OUR PLANET SURVIVE US? Some say yes, but only when humans become extinct. This may become a reality, given the rate at which we are going. So, let’s stop fighting lah over who is the master of the land and let’s give Earth a fighting chance instead.

Joining Jaya One’s Earth Hour programmes, Art For Grabs presents 90 art and activism booths, featuring DIY art & crafts, plus environmental and social causes. Is there more that we can do together beyond saying no to plastic bags and logging? Come meet fellow Malaysians out to save our Earth; one home, one company and one state at a time.

Sponsored by Selangor State Government – Standing Committee of Standing Committee of Tourism, Environment, Green Technology & Consumer Affairs, and Jaya One.

Ps. No plastic bags provided. Bring your own bags. Or buy a nice one here!

Sat 25 & Sun 26 Mar 2017
12pm – 8pm daily
The School, Ground Floor, Jaya One,
Jalan Universiti, Petaling Jaya

Poster artwork by Ronnie Khoo of Ohsum Mossum Terrariums.

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SATURDAY 25 MARCH

12pm – 2pm
A BATIK REVOLUTION: SAVE OUR DYEING RIVERS
Forum by Fashion Revolution Malaysia
The clothing industry is the second largest polluter in the world. Before purchasing your next batik outfit, it matters for you to know how, where, and who makes the fabric you are buying. Get to know the environmental issues surrounding batik making in Malaysia and the unseen challenges faced by its workers.
Panel:
Fern Chua (Batik Designer)
Maryam Samirah Shamsuddin, Founder of Cotton + Sago
Moderated by: Sasibai Kimis, Country Coordinator of Fashion Revolution Malaysia

3pm
WHOSE FOREST IS IT ANYWAY? THE ORANG ASLI DILEMMA
Forum by Art For Grabs
The Orang Asli says the forests are their homelands. The state says the forests are theirs to finance development. The Forestry Department says they have the rights over forests reserves. The timber companies say they are granted the right to log. What do you say?
Moderated by Colin Nicholas (Centre for Orang Asli Concerns).

5pm
THE FRUITS OF TORTURE
Forum by Amnesty International Malaysia
Torture is not part of any operating procedure in Malaysia neither is it legal. BUT, it still happens. Looking back at how torture is used in Malaysia, this panel addresses how do we Malaysians justify its existence and its usage. More importantly, do WE feel safer because of it?

6.30pm
POETICALLY CORRECT (THE WANITA SHOWCASE)
By If Walls Could Talk – Poetry Open Mic
Marking International Women’s Day this month, witness the powerful voices of Kuala Lumpur’s women spoken word poets. Featuring: Cat Brogan (UK), Afi Noor, Dhabitah Zainal, Anjali Venugopal, Hana Sudradjat, Gwendoline Esther Hay, Meninder Kaur and musical performance by Beverly Matujal. Hosted by Melizarani T. Selva.

7.30pm
EARTH HOUR PROGRAMME
by Jaya One
Jaya One joins the worldwide movement for the symbolic shutting down of lights for one hour. Featuring Fusion Wayang Kulit, plus celebrity appearances and performances, including Amber Chia, Dennis Yin, Jazel Lim, and Shawn Lee.

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SUNDAY 26 MARCH

12pm
BYE BYE SMELLY GARBAGE, HELLO HAPPY EARTH!
Wynnee’s Home Farm Bokashi Talk and Demonstration
Learn the art of ‘Bokashi’, a Japanese alternative to traditional composting from avid gardener Wynnee Goh. Suitable for apartment dwellers and homes without a backyard, the talk will cover the various ways of preparing Bokashi and what its byproducts can be used for. Participants will also learn how to make their own Bokashi Bin after the talk.

1.30pm
SAMPAH MENYAMPAH!
Presenting Minahs’ and Ah Chung’s Solutions to Plastic Bag Pollution!
Going green is a lot more than not using plastic bags. Be part of the conversation on how you can start your own campaign and organise your own green initiatives with nothing more than your family, your community, and your collective desire to see some changes around here.
Panel:
#TakNakStraw Campaign founders Carolyn Joan Lau and Mareena Yahya Kerschot
Zero Waste Malaysia administrator Sue Yee Khor
UrbanR Recycle Collection co founder Vincent Chung
Arts practitioner Lorna Henderson Omar
Hosted by: Pang Khee Teik

3pm
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND HOW TO KNOW THEM
Forum by Projek Dialog
Explore a critical rethinking of human-animal relationships in the Malaysian context, where some of our most biodiverse lands are being destroyed. What are some of our most damaging misconceptions of the human-animal divide? Does religion distort that distinction, in how it always ends up privileging humans over all earthlings?

4.30pm
SAVING THE PLANET: WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY IS IT?
Presented by Chevening Talk Series
Any change for the planet has to start small, be it with one individual or organisation. The Chevening Talk Series on Climate Change will explore the bigger picture of the Selangor state government’s green policy and how to integrate ethical eco-friendly practices within companies and individual lives.
Panel:
Her Royal Highness, Princess Zatashah of Selangor
YB Elizabeth Wong, Selangor’s Green Technology and Environment Committee Chairman
Lavanya Iyer, Head of Policy & Climate Change at WWF-Malaysia
Datin Mina Cheah-Foong, Founder of The Body Shop Malaysia
Moderated by Yasmin Rasyid, Founder of EcoKnights

6pm
TOXIC FREE SELANGOR: Launch of E-Waste Recycling Programme
By Selangor Environmental Alliance
As part of an ongoing campaign since 2015 to reduce harmful chemicals in the grounds, the Selangor State Government has been supporting initiatives to collect electronic wastes. We welcome you to our latest phase: the Launch of E- Waste Recycling Program, where the public can drop their small e-waste such as light bulbs, batteries, CDs, power adapters, handphones, mouse, keyboards, etc. Come join us for this environmental milestone as the state government shoulders the responsibility together with the rakyat.
Guest of honour: YB Elizabeth Wong.

6.30pm
LET’S TALK ABOUT OUR POLICE
by The Malaysian Bar Council
A total of 242 detainees died in police custody between the year 2000 to 2014 based on SUHAKAM reports. As the Bar Council renews its call for the Government to establish the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission, join the discussion as we ask the question: What happens when our law enforcers are found to have broken the law?

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