Human impact on the earth and the destruction of our environment is pushing us towards an uncertain future. Environmental sustainability is no longer a ‘niche’ issue but one affecting us all, globally. Our current methods of living and our future need to be re-evaluated, with critical discussions, movements and policies that help to regain a positive outlook. Whether it is apocalyptic or to be overcome by advances in technology, human ingenuity and resourcefulness, there is no doubt that our livable future will be challenging.
Rising temperatures, pollution and volatile weather patterns marked by recurring cycles of drought and floods are realities for many countries. Displaced communities, poorly distributed natural resources, loss of biodiversity, the ever-growing use of non-biodegradable plastics, non-transparent contingency plans for disaster management, unsustainable resource management and implementation of destructive ‘development’ programmes with no consideration of the serious consequences of deforestation, are just a few concerns surrounding this theme.
Recognized as an International Biodiversity Hotspot Sri Lanka is home to fauna, flora and ecosystem diversity that is unique in the region. Sadly however, the accelerated pace of environmental degradation is ensuring rapid disappearance of our Biodiversity and fragile eco systems. Re/Evolution as a theme, aims to bring together creative practitioners and critical thinkers to interrogate their understanding of current ecological concerns and to re-imagine, how creativity could inspire change and support environmental sustainability.