Changing Course 2019

"If we don’t take climate action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon."

— Sir David Attenborough

An exploration
of our climate crisis

Changing Course is a flagship climate initiative that raises awareness on the need to urgently respond to our climate crisis and inspires action to address it.

It is organised by Eco-Business — Asia Pacific's media organisation dedicated to sustainable development — and supported by a diverse range of partners from government, business and civil society.

Inits second edition, Changing Course 2019 is a multimedia exhibition developed by Eco-Business in collaboration with the ArtScience Museum.

It features a gallery of photographic prints by a team of award-winning journalists and a VR experience on the global climate crisis.

On 4 October 2019, it will present the global premiere of Arctic Awakening, a new short film documentary, shot on location in the Arctic and Singapore.  

Changing Course 2019 raises awareness of the need to urgently respond to our climate crisis and inspires action to address it. It explores humanity’s relationship with our planet, outlines the challenges in our current global patterns of consumption and production, and provokes answers to this one central question:

How can we change the course of humanity?

The exhibition is organised in support of Singapore’s Year Towards Zero Waste and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. 

Join this journey from Asia to the Arctic and back as we speak to scientists, experts, business leaders, policymakers and everyone in between to tell the biggest story of our time.

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Changing Course is a flagship climate change initiative by Eco-Business and its partners that tells the global climate story through an Asian lens to inspire action.

At its heart is the belief in the power of media to effect change and shift the course of history.

The campaign was first launched in February 2018 at the start of the ClimateForce: Antarctica  expedition led by Sir Robert Swan, a renowned British environmentalist and explorer who was the first man to walk to both the North and South Poles.

From this expedition, we produced a short documentary, From Asia to Antarctica, which raises awareness about the global climate crisis in the world's fastest-growing region and the urgent need to shift to more sustainable ways of living.

Rapid collapse of the Antarctic glaciers and the melting of Arctic ice sheets — brought about by climate change — could flood coastal cities by the end of this century. 

The collapse of these giant ice masses will spell disaster for humanity. Higher tides will bury every shoreline across the globe, flooding coastal cities heavily concentrated in Asia, and this could create hundreds of millions of climate refugees.

Climatic changes are also threatening our ecosystems, triggering tipping points that could send the Earth's natural cycles in a spiral, upsetting the balance and causing changes in crop yields, weather patterns, and accelerating biodiversity loss.

This change could happen at a rate too quick for the human race to adapt — and this is why we need to act urgently.

Changing Course is an immersive documentary project chronicling climate stories and a platform for exhibitions, competitions, and events that engage a wide spectrum of society to deepen their knowledge of humanity's greatest challenge and how to respond to it.

Join us on this journey.

Timeline

26 February 2018

Changing Course launches with the start of the ClimateForce 2018 expedition to Antarctica led by Sir Robert Swan

10 April - 10 May

Eco-Business returns from the expedition, launches a global photo call for The Climate Photo Challenge

1 June - 12 July

The Changing Course film and photography exhibition launches at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site;

Winners of the Climate Photo Challenge are announced

1 June - 31 August

A satellite version of Changing Course is exhibited at the newly-launched Sustainable Singapore Gallery at Marina Barrage

Screening of From Asia to Antarctica at Bataan Environment Summit, The Philippines

4 June

From Asia to Antarctica premieres in Singapore and is released globally

The Changing Course film and photography exhibition is officially launched by Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Singapore, Masagos Zulkifli

26 July - 7 October

Eco-Business and Olam International launch a photography call: Re-imagining A Brighter Future

3 September

From Asia to Antartica available worldwide on Climate Monitor channel hosted on Roku TV and Amazon Fire TV

6 September 2018 - June 2019

Launch of a specially-curated version of Changing Course at OCBC Bank's Premier Centre at Orchard Gateway and 43 OCBC branches islandwide

1 November

From Asia to Antarctica shortlisted for Environmental Spotlight and New Talent prize category and screened at Adventure Uncovered Film Festival, London

From Asia to Antarctica was screened at The Singapore Eco Film Festival 2018, ArtScience Museum, Singapore

Screening of From Asia to Antarctica at Sweden, Singapore and the Arctic hosted by Embassy of Sweden, Singapore Sustainability Academy

7 April 2019

Tipping Point, our collaboration with CNA, a three-part climate change documentary, premieres throughout Asia

16 June 2019

Jessica and Fraser embarks on the expedition to the Arctic, in partnership with the Norwegian government to shoot a sequel documentary that will chronicle the complex climate stories unfolding.

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