The idea of brushing up your knowledge on what the F is actually going on with the planet can feel unbelievably overwhelming. A quick Google search of 'explain the climate crisis' will turn up a massive 13bn results and that, alone, can be enough to make people close their laptops in defeat and resign to never really knowing. But we want to tell you that, actually, you've got to open your laptops back up again.
Understanding the facts is what will spur you on. When you're feeling like it's all useless, it will help push aside those negative 'what's the point - I can't make a difference' type thoughts. Because YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Every small change we make collectively has a huge impact.
Staying up to date with what is happening in the world serves as a constant reminder as to why you've started this journey. As humans we are programmed to try to forget the horrible things we see or experience, and our memory will often blur out a lot of the more awful things we see. So it's important to try to regularly fuel yourself with information so as to avoid the programmed ignorance - and maybe you will discover new reasons to persevere in your sustainability pursuit!
Ignorance is not bliss so don't kid yourself. The climate crisis is exactly that - a crisis. And one largely due to human-action - the consequences of which is, we're afraid, hurtling towards us BUT we can determine what this will look like and all have the power to make a difference. So get your head out of the clouds.
Knowledge is power. We have a responsibility to know what is going on in our world and, if we so choose, can then act upon it.
It will help you be brave with the conversations you have with friends and even strangers! Knowing your stuff is what will set you apart from the arsehole down Boat Quay who - you tell yourself - is only saying dumb shit to get a rise out of you. Stay calm, fire out that hot knowledge and watch them crumble. Yeh baby.
A good place to start is to sign up to online webinars or live streams. There are tons online but if you want a one-stop-shop jam packed full of talks, workshops and a place to discover cool sustainable brands, then you need to check out The Virtual Conscious Festival!
The Virtual Conscious Festival (12-14 June 2020) is from the Singapore-based organisation Green Is The New Black and they have been running what is usually called 'The Conscious Festival' in Singapore for the past 5 years and in Hong Kong for the past 3 years. 2020 is the year it goes online for the first time ever(!) - for obvious reasons - so not even the bastarding coronavirus can get in the way of bringing the conscious community together at a time when talking about our world and what we do here has never felt more urgent. With talks and workshops happening over video conference, you'll get to hear from inspiring businesses, incredibly well informed speakers and discover a bunch of brands you may never had heard of before - all of which you can indulge in whilst being snuggled on your sofa with a cup of tea. What could be better!
Check out our Top 5 Sustainable Brands that we discovered at last years Conscious Festival here!
This year, there are some INCREDIBLE speakers across all the panels, you can check out the list of speakers HERE but we're most looking forward to hearing from:
Jun 12, 8pm-9.10pm
Douglas Woodring from Ocean Recovery Alliance - PANEL: Innovative ways to reduce footprints and offset
Doug is a UN Climate Hero and Google Earth Hero, and Ocean Recovery Alliance is one of the few NGOs to have worked with both UNEP and the World Bank on plastic pollution issues.
He founded the Plasticity Forum which focuses on plastic innovation and solutions for circularity. In 2019 he was named as one of the top 50 “watermen” in the world.
Jun 13, 4.40pm-5pm
Carl Pratt from Future Planet - WORKSHOP/TALK: Connect in to impact the out
FuturePlanet is a community of action that joins together entrepreneurs, innovators, investors and influencers, in order to build a global super network and rapidly scale up positive impact and sustainable innovation, and act on systems change. Carl’s passion is to inspire, energise and empower people to positive change, in their personal, professional and purposeful lives.
Jun 13, 5.20pm-6pm
Nikki Michelsen from Ohne - PANEL: Toxic beauty
Nikki Michelsen is the co-founder and co-CEO of ohne, the community-first brand reshaping the way women experience their menstrual cycles. With a range of organic period products, including the UK’s first pro-period CBD oil, ohne provides people with the tools, data, and support they need to manage their entire cycles.
June 13, 5.05pm-5.20pm
Mendel Kaelen from Wavepaths - TALK: Psychedlics - A Secret Cure?
Mendel’s PhD research demonstrated music’s central role in psychedelic therapies. He developed methods for the use of music to enhance therapy outcomes and ultimately the vision for Wavepaths. He is a thought leader on the therapeutic use of music and publishes and speaks frequently on this topic. He has been featured in Nature News, San Francisco Chronicles, Vice Motherboard, Rolling Stone and TEDx.
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If you can't make the festival next weekend, then here are some easy-to-digest resources that we found really clear, informative and memorable. Depending on your medium of choice - we've listed a few documentaries, books, youtube videos - there should be something for you.
Explained documentary series - Series 2, episode called 'The Future of Meat' - at only 20 mins long, this is one of the best and easiest to understand docs around the history of our relationship with meat and ultimately arguments for eating less of it. Highly recommend. The episode directly after this one is on Pandemics which whilst is obviously very relevant right now, it also clearly explains how they are the result of humans' relationship with meat.
A Plastic Ocean - documentary about ocean plastic and the current levels of pollution our world's oceans are facing. There are some upsetting scenes but personally we found this very useful as it only fuels our mission and will to continue on this eco journey.
Eating Animals by Jonathan Saffran Foer - a challenging and graphic read about factory farming in the US, but a worthwhile one nonetheless. It really shines a light on the truly harrowing conditions that almost all farm animals are subjected to for our enjoyment. A very important read.
How To Give Up Plastic by Will McCallum - easy read to dip in and out of and with some really helpful statistics around the consumption of plastic.
What resources have you found useful that aren't on this list? Head on over to our Instagram @theecoexpats to let us know!