Earth Day takes place on April 22 each year, but people in Taipei City can start celebrating today with a two-day festival at the National Taiwan Museum (國立台灣博物館) in Taipei City.
Free events that will take place at the museum today and tomorrow include an outdoor artists’ market, live acoustic music performances and a screening of Six Degrees Could Change the World, a documentary about the devastation global warming could potentially cause. The museum will also offer free admittance during the festival.
Music performances start today at 5pm. Tonight’s lineup includes singer-songwriters Wang Chao-hua (王昭華) and Huang Pei-yu (黃培育), who are known for performing Hoklo (commonly known as Taiwanese) folk rock. Multitalented singer, songwriter, musician, composer and producer Wang Jun-Jieh (王俊傑) will also perform, backed by an acoustic string quartet. Pingtung-born Aboriginal folk singer Dakanow (達卡鬧) takes the stage tomorrow at 2pm, followed at 4pm by indie band The Gleams (林中光樂團).
The nearly 60 vendors selling handmade goods and snacks include Joy Huang Glass Studio (矽玻璃, tw.streetvoice.com/users/lian0930), graphic T-shirt designer Wildgreen Studio (冶綠, www.wildgreen.com.tw), fair-trade good store Earth Tree (地球樹, www.earthtree.com.tw) and sorbet maker Midori (蜜朵麗, w.myblog.yahoo.com/midori_green0709). The artists’ market will be open from noon to 8pm today and from 10am to 5pm tomorrow. It will also include a farmers’ market, a place to exchange secondhand items and a do-it-yourself section for crafters.
Discussions hosted by several NGOs, including the Society of Wilderness (荒野保護協會), the Green Citizens’ Action Alliance (台灣綠色公民行動聯盟), Green Formosa Front Association (綠色陣線協會) and the Taiwan Environmental Information Center, will take place throughout the event. Topics will include nuclear power, nature, poverty and how living an environmentally sustainable lifestyle can save money.
What: Earth Day Taiwan
When: Vendors will be open today from noon to 8pm and tomorrow from 10am to 5pm
Where: National Taiwan Museum (國立台灣博物館), 2, Xiangyang Rd, Taipei City (台北市襄陽路2號)
On the Net:www.ntm.gov.tw and www.facebook.com/EarthDayTW
Films that tackle environmental issues from several angles will screen at the museum until the beginning of June, starting with Six Degrees Could Change the World during the festival. The National Geographic documentary is a warning about the potential effects of global warming and cautions that even a change of two degrees Celsius could be a tipping point that will lead to deadly heat waves, drought and melting glaciers. Canadian documentary Aftermath: Population Zero, which screens on May 13, speculates what life on Earth would be like if humankind was suddenly wiped out.
Lighter fare includes an April 29 showing of 2007 animated comedy Bee Movie, about how one bee’s encounter with humans sets off a chain reaction that nearly leads to the destruction of the world’s food chain. Blockbuster Wall-E is on the schedule for May 27. Japanese film Gabai Granny, a dramatization of novelist Shimada Yohici’s novel, concludes the series on June 17. Each film will be followed by a discussion. For show times and to make reservations, visit www.earthday.org.tw/node/5382.