I just went to this charity art exhibition for WWF at KL Lifestyle art space with some friends. It’s a showcase for top Malaysian artists in support of nature conservation with this years theme being “Man and nature”. Not only does this exhibition raise funds for conservation, it hopes to raise awareness on environmental issues that is plaguing our country.
It saddens me that our virgin rainforests are being cut down and cleared at a rapid speed for agriculture or commercial development. Animals are being poached and killed. The main attitude we face today is ‘what we can’t see, doesn’t affect us and therefore I don’t care.’ Throwing money at these organizations sometimes changes very little because the laws that is supposed to protect nature conservation is flawed in the first place. I know very little but I always ask a lot of questions every time I go to these events or meet ‘activists’. However, money is needed to protect as many animals and forests in the meantime. It is essentially buying them time before they become extinct. We have 10 Sumatran Rhinos left and I dread to think how many tigers we have left in Malaysia. WWF sends in park rangers to protect the areas but they have to cover a lot of territory, leaving the poachers a lot of room to manoeuvre. Virgin and secondary forests are being cleared at a rapid rate, sometimes it is by illegal loggers but by law, the government can grant licences for the forests to be cleared for agriculture, after all, they are still planting trees!
People will eventually wake up when our weather pattern changes and our drinking water dries up! It already has started.
Exhibition Concept: M.an A.nd N.ature (M.A.N)
WWF-Malaysia’s Art for Nature (AFN) 2013 our annual charity art exhibition, is back!
AFN is a unique showcase for Malaysian and international artists in support of nature conservation.
KL Lifestyle Art Space will sponsor this event for the very first time; AFN 2013 will showcase works by well-known Malaysian artists in support of nature conservation.
This world is our only home, and finding the sacred balance between Man and Nature is the concept for this year’s AFN Exhibition.
Part of the proceeds from sales of art exhibits will aid WWF-Malaysia’s efforts to safeguard our unique natural heritage and its ever more critical conservation work in Malaysia.