Managing Eco-Anxiety: Writing in a World on Fire
DATE / TIME
1 Nov, Sun
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Festival Pass Event
This session is in English
Living in a climate crisis can sometimes be paralysing. In the face of an overwhelming problem like climate change, being able to take some action—whether through writing solarpunk or creating climate art—can help with eco-anxiety. The speakers discuss the intricacies of addressing and managing eco-anxiety amidst a climate crisis.
This is a live session, and will be available on video-on-demand replay.
This session is co-presented with Ethos Books.
Cheyenne Alexandria Phillips
Cheyenne Alexandria Phillips is a writer and performer based in Singapore. Her new work, A Grand Design, is under development with Checkpoint Theatre. She has co-written and performed in two plays focusing on Eurasian narratives and personal history: In The Twine (2018) and For The Record (2017). She has also hosted eco-literary walks around MacRitchie Reservoir in collaboration with PUB as part of Singapore Water Month 2018. Cheyenne’s writings can be found in Contour: A Lyrical Cartography of Singapore (2019) and Who are you my country? (2018). She is also a licensed Tourist Guide.
Aidan is an environmental advocate who graduated from Yale-NUS College’s Environmental Studies programme. He initially dabbled in environmental storytelling through visual media before pivoting to climate activism. He was a founding member of Fossil Free Yale-NUS and also one of the co-organizers of the SG Climate Rally which was held at Hong Lim Park on the 21st of September, 2019. Most recently, he was a contributing author for Eating Chilli Crab in the Anthropocene, within which he wrote about Singapore’s history of fossil fuel production and its relation to climate activism.
Qiyun is a climate artivist who draws infographics on Instagram (@theweirdandwild) to break down climate issues into digestible, accessible squares. She cares about how climate change and other social issues intersect, and how they manifest in the local context. Inspired by the quote “art makes a movement irresistible”, Qiyun is always exploring new ways to integrate art and climate advocacy. She is currently working on a climate communications project which aims to explain climate concepts, communicate policy critique, and tell environmental stories through artistic and interactive media.