Greenpeace Malaysia, together with Studio Birthplace and Splash & Burn, are using creative activism to draw attention to the recurring haze crisis caused by Malaysian-owned companies involved in open burning.
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With scorching weather plaguing Malaysia and skylines going blurry, haze is a recurring topic among Malaysians.
This year, Greenpeace Malaysia — a global network of independent campaigning organisations that use peaceful protest and creative communications to expose global environmental problems and promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future — have come together with artists and production houses to intensify efforts to combat haze.
Over the recent years, several murals and artwork have popped up around Kuala Lumpur as well as Penang, alerting Malaysians about the haze that will soon be upon us.
According to Greenpeace Malaysia, these murals are part of a larger movement to sound the alarm on recurring haze pollution and to demand urgent action.
And their message is loud and clear: clean air is a basic human right, and that right is being violated!
Greenpeace Malaysia is also holding an art exhibition that will feature artwork from prominent artists such as Ernest Zacharevic, Cloakwork, Pangrok Sulap, Wong Kai Yi, Fahmi Reza, Trina Teoh and Bibichun.
The exhibition is ongoing until 7 May at REXKL and hopes to bring people of all walks of life to experience what art can teach us about the importance of taking care of our environment while also offering an inspirational space for the public to engage with the issue of transboundary haze and understand its origins.
The exhibition will also feature the film premiere of “Haze-zilla”, a satirical short film which boldly tackles the issue of corporate greed and environmental destruction.
Through its powerful imagery and thought-provoking storytelling, “Haze-zilla” aims to shed light on the alarming reality that Malaysian companies are responsible for the environmental crisis, and highlights the urgent need for action.
We hope this film will serve as a catalyst for change, inspiring viewers to speak up and demand a more sustainable future.Film director Abhilash Chandra
Speaking to The Rakyat Post, Sean Lin, cofounder of Studio Birthplace, a creative studio that focuses solely on ecological topics and a sustainable future for our planet said:
Art helps deliver the emotions that are needed to be brought up. We want it to be properly understood by all walks of life and art is one way to do so. When the idea is out there, you will create discussions among people, and that’s what we need. As for the short film, we wanted to make sure that the narrative that we put out there is engaging enough that everyone understands it and starts talking about it. That way the message gets sent across easily.Co-founder of Studio Birthplace, Sean Lin