Exploring "A Different Way of Life" at the 2023 Sino-French Month of Environment

By That's, October 16, 2023

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Climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental pollution have increasingly visible impacts on our daily lives. The ecological crisis compels us to redefine our relationship with the world.

The challenges are diverse and require a multidisciplinary approach. We must learn to live "differently" to embark on a more sustainable path and embrace a shared future. As French anthropologist and sociologist Bruno Latour wrote 15 years ago, "The ecological crisis compels us to reconstruct all aspects of our lifestyles, down to the smallest details, such as the fibers of our clothing, the exhaust pipes of our cars, and the windows of our homes... A revolution of prudence and care..."

Although the challenges are unprecedented, each of us can contribute. The 2023 Sino-French Month of Environment focuses on "A Different Way of Life," aiming to explore the possibilities of rebuilding our lifestyles with the public.

On October 14, the 10th Sino-French Month of Environment in South China officially kicked off at Shuter Life, located within the Haizhu Lake Park. Following a welcoming address by Chen Huixuan, General Manager of Shuter Life, Benjamin MARTINEZ, Deputy Consul General of France in Guangzhou, delivered a speech.

"When we acquire more knowledge about environmental protection, we realize that many easily achievable actions can effectively reduce environmental harm. For example, reducing food waste, minimizing the use of disposable products, practicing rational consumption, recycling, reducing air conditioning usage, and adopting green transportation – as long as we maintain an environmentally conscious mindset, 'A Different Way of Life' is actually not a difficult choice in our daily lives."

This year's Month of Environment focuses on various aspects of daily life, from diet to clothing, from consumption patterns to the relationship between humans and the environment. Throughout October, a series of popular science lectures, exhibitions, film screenings, workshops, and tours will unfold across the South China region.

For the 10th edition of the Sino-French Month of Environment, numerous public events will be organized throughout China. They will help everyone better understand the challenges of redefining our lifestyles. During the entire month of October, South China will host scientific conferences, exhibitions, screenings, workshops, and guided tours.

Let's explore the must-see events together!

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Are you in awe of the marvelous beauty of nature or captivated by the world of colorful art? Well, the Month of Environment's themed exhibitions on popular science, art, and mini-education will cater to your interests!

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Biodiversity, desertification, food and development, sports and the environment – a wide array of environmental issues is covered, creating a scientific atmosphere. Paper cutting, photography, kinetic art, and installations add an artistic touch. We await you in the exhibition halls to explore new ideas for living differently.

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In the framework of the Sino-French Month of Environment, four experts will showcase specific cases demonstrating the impact of environmental pollution on our lifestyles, focusing on the question of how pollution affects the survival of living beings.

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More and more companies, guided by their corporate social responsibility (CSR), are developing innovative and comprehensive environmental initiatives. Come and hear about the actions and practices of businesses in the Greater Bay Area of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao to protect the environment and promote sustainable development.

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Eco-board games, printing and dyeing workshops, a grain-based kitchen... are you excited to participate? We understand that simply observing is not enough for those who love both the environment and life. On the occasion of the Sino-French Month of Environment, we offer a series of practical activities, allowing you to not only gain a better understanding of ecology but also put it into practice in a fun way.

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The trendy term "citywalk" has likely caught your attention! Have you ever thought about taking a green stroll with the Sino-French Month of Environment?

In this eco-friendly journey, we will introduce you to the residents of Haizhu Lake Wetland and the South China National Botanical Garden, allowing you to experience the beauty of nature and take photos. Expect loads of photos and knowledge!

Over a century ago, the Lumière brothers in France marked a significant step in the history of cinema. Today, we still believe in the power of films, as they not only convey values and emotions but also connect our hearts.

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During the Sino-French Month of Environment, we will screen dozens of environmental documentaries in Guangzhou and Shenzhen, inviting you to listen to the rhythmic heartbeat of the Earth and to care for it.

Click HERE to learn more.


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Promotional Ambassador for the Sino-French Month of Environment

"When we acquire more knowledge about environmental protection, we realize that many easily achievable actions can effectively reduce environmental harm. For example, reducing food waste, minimizing the use of disposable products, practicing rational consumption, recycling, reducing air conditioning usage, and adopting green transportation – as long as we maintain an environmentally conscious mindset, 'A Different Way of Life' is actually not a difficult choice in our daily lives."


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