Daily Archives: July 5, 2019

« Cover of Future » renforce la sensibilisation mondiale sur le changement climatique grâce à l’art

La présidente du conseil d’HTD Media Joint Stock Company, l’artiste Nguyen Thi Kim Duc crée « Cover of Future » afin de relancer la lutte mondiale contre le changement climatique en mettant en avant ses effets dévastateurs.

HA NAM, Vietnam, 5 juillet 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Les scientifiques avertissent qu’il reste seulement une douzaine d’années avant que des millions de personnes ne subissent les risques de sécheresse, d’inondations, de chaleur extrême et de pauvreté1, conséquences du changement climatique. Cet avertissement a également été annoncé de manière claire et forte aux dirigeants du monde, aux dirigeants bouddhistes et aux bouddhistes du monde entier à l’occasion du festival du Vesak 2019 des Nations unies par le biais d’un seul tableau.

Artist Nguyen Thi Kim Duc - A Vietnamese businesswoman who wants to see a green future and succeeded in captivating world leaders' attention on this issue at the 2019 UN Vesak festival

La toile est nommée « Cover of Future » et l’artiste vietnamienne Nguyen Thi Kim Duc a utilisé de la soie traditionnelle vietnamienne, des aquarelles inspirées de Van Gogh, des coups de pinceau doux mais audacieux, ainsi que des couleurs profondes et ternes pour peindre un arbre mort en partie submergé dans l’eau de mer. Cette peinture représente les résultats catastrophiques du changement climatique : un monde sans arbres verts, animaux et humains.

À l’aide d’un style de peinture simple, Mme Nguyen a souhaité que l’œuvre passe de « cœur à cœur », relayant son amour pour l’environnement, comme avec les mots du philosophe chinois Lao Tseu : « Les gens dépendent de la terre, la terre dépend de Dieu, Dieu dépend de la religion, la religion dépend de la nature. ». Elle a également voulu que les gens se rendent compte que la planète ne peut être sauvée que s’ils changent leurs habitudes de gaspillage et polluantes.

Quelques 105 copies de ce tableau ont été données aux chefs d’États et aux dirigeants du bouddhisme de plus de 100 pays qui ont assisté aux célébrations du Vesak. Parmi ces derniers figurent des dirigeants bouddhistes tels que le professeur Phra Brahmapundit, président du conseil international pour la Journée du Vesak (ICDV), M. Nguyen Manh Hung, ministre de l’Information et de la Communication du Vietnam, Ryan Giggs, entraîneur de l’équipe nationale de football du Pays de Galles, le Premier ministre du Népal, le président du Sénat du Bhoutan et Sang Ji Zha Xi, secrétaire général adjoint de l’Église bouddhiste chinoise. Ils se sont tous montrés très compréhensifs et touchés de recevoir cette peinture.

The original "Cover of Future" displayed at Tam The Palace of Tam Chuc Temple in Kim Bang, Ha Nam Province, Vietnam during 2019 UN Vesak festival

« Grâce à ‘Cover of Future’, je souhaite rappeler aux dirigeants du monde entier leur responsabilité de préserver notre monde. En tant que décideurs, ils doivent prendre l’initiative dans ce combat pour répandre le message de prise de responsabilité pour la protection de l’environnement au sein de leur peuple et s’ils n’agissent pas tout de suite, le monde prendra fin. Je veux qu’ils accrochent cette peinture dans leur salon afin qu’elle leur rappelle leur devoir tous les jours. », a dit l’artiste Nguyen Thi Kim Duc.

À propos de l’artiste

Nguyen Thi Kim Duc occupe actuellement les fonctions de directrice de l’institut des ressources humaines HV Talent et de présidente du conseil d’HTD Media Joint Stock Company. Elle a également fondé Butta, le premier réseau social pour la communauté bouddhiste au Vietnam.

La passion de Mme Nguyen pour l’environnement est le résultat de l’influence de son père. Son père est le célèbre auteur vietnamien Nguyen Son Dong qui a écrit le célèbre roman Xu Doai May Trang et de nombreux poèmes vietnamiens. Mme Nguyen a dit que le poème de son père La fraîcheur de la vie a façonné sa passion pour aider à préserver le monde dans lequel vivent les humains.

« Sur un bloc de bois cet après-midi
Les gouttes de pluie étaient si petites
Mon cœur était en peine
Mais la forêt était vaste
L’immensité des gens aussi,
Je vous prie de vous joindre à moi !
Pour la forêt impérissable
La fraîcheur de la vie »

Extrait de La fraîcheur de la vie

Mme Nguyen espère que « Cover of Future » sera considérée comme une ambassadrice de marque pour notre environnement et la lutte contre le changement climatique, et, espérons-le, sera présente dans le monde entier pour promouvoir la protection de la planète verte à l’avenir.

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“Cover of Future” Boosts Global Awareness on Climate Change with Art

Chairman of HTD Media Joint Stock Company’s board, Artist Nguyen Thi Kim Duc creates “Cover of Future” to reignite the global fight against climate change by featuring its devastating effects.

HA NAM, Vietnam, July 5, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Scientists warn there are only a dozen years before millions of people experience the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty[1] due to climate change. This warning was also announced loud and clear to world leaders, Buddhist leaders, and Buddhists around the world at the United Nation’s 2019 Vesak Festival through one single painting.

Artist Nguyen Thi Kim Duc - A Vietnamese businesswoman who wants to see a green future and succeeded in captivating world leaders' attention on this issue at the 2019 UN Vesak festival

Called the “Cover of Future”, Vietnamese artist Nguyen Thi Kim Duc used traditional Vietnamese silk, Van Gogh inspired water colors, soft but bold strokes, together with deep and lifeless colours to paint a dying tree, partly submerged in sea water. This painting depicts the devastating results of climate change – a world without green trees, animals and humans.

Using a simple painting style, Mrs. Nguyen wanted the artwork to pass from “heart to heart”, relaying her love for the environment, like in Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu’s words: “People rely on land, land relies on God, God relies on religion, religion relies on nature”. She also wanted people to realize that the planet can only be saved if they change their wasteful and polluting habits.

105 copies of this painting were given to the heads of states and leaders of Buddhism from over 100 countries who attended attend the Vesak celebrations. They include Buddhist leaders such as Professor, Dr. Phra Brahmapundit – Chairman of the International Council for the Day of Vesak (ICDV), Mr. Nguyen Manh Hung – Minister of Information and Communication of Vietnam, Ryan Giggs – Coach of the Welsh National Football Team, the Prime Minister of Nepal, the President of Bhutan’s Senate, and Sang Ji Zha Xi – Deputy Secretary General of the Chinese Buddhist Church. They were all very sympathetic and touched upon receiving the painting.

The original "Cover of Future" displayed at Tam The Palace of Tam Chuc Temple in Kim Bang, Ha Nam Province, Vietnam during 2019 UN Vesak festival

“Through the ‘Cover of Future’, I want to remind world leaders about their responsibility of preserving our world. As the decision-makers, they must take the lead in this fight to spread the message of taking responsibility to protect the environment to their people and if they don’t take action straight away, the world will end. I want to see them hang this picture in their living room, so they can be reminded of their duty daily,” said artist Nguyen Thi Kim Duc.

About the Artist

Nguyen Thi Km Duc currently serves as the Director of the Institute of Human Resources – HV Talent and the Chairman of the board of HTD Media Joint Stock Company. She also founded Butta, the first social network for the Buddhist community in Vietnam.

Mrs. Nguyen’s passion for the environment is a result of her father’s influence. Her father is the well-known Vietnamese author Nguyen Son Dong who wrote the famous novel “Xu Doai May Trang” and many Vietnamese poems. Mrs. Nguyen said her father’s poem “The Freshness To Life” shaped her passion in helping preserve the world humans live in.

“On a block of wood this afternoon
Raindrops were so small
It pained my heart
But the forest was vast
People’s immensity as well,
Please join me!
For evergreen forest
The freshness to life”

From “The Freshness To Life”

Mrs. Nguyen hopes that “Cover of Future” will be considered as a brand ambassador for our environment and anti-climate change, and hopefully be present around the world to promote the Green Planet protection in the future.

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Premier Alan Winde hosts First Thursday event, 1 Aug

Western Cape Government First Thursday will launch in August

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde will be hosting the first of the Western Cape Government’s First Thursday events on 1 August.

First Thursday is the brainchild of Gareth Pearson, who launched the concept in Cape Town following a trip to Europe. Since then, it has been widely embraced across the city, with many of the CBD’s top galleries, eateries and attractions staying open later.

Premier Winde introduced the concept of First Thursday in government during his tenure as Minister of Economic Opportunities. This concept is now being expanded across the Western Cape Government, with Ministers and representatives from each department making themselves available to engage with the public on the first Thursday of every month.

Premier Winde said: “It is my aim to make government more open and accessible to people and the First Thursday concept allows us to do that in an innovative way that also provides a platform for people to showcase their businesses and network.”

“This is one of the manifesto promises I made, and we are ready to deliver. We want people to know that every first Thursday of the month between 5 and 9 pm, they can come down to the concourse at 7 Wale Street, and they will find us. The event is free, and our officials are giving freely of their time.”

For the first event, we have worked with the Economic Development Partnership and Kwabo Industries to showcase the work of entrepreneurs and informal businesses on their databases.

The event will also showcase arts and crafts, and food trucks.

Premier Winde said: “In planning this event, we have had to submit a massive event application and deal with a fair amount of government red tape, so we have an understanding of what businesses go through when dealing with red tape. As such, we will have representatives from the Western Cape Liquor Authority and the Red Tape Reduction Unit available on the night, to help deal with questions, problems and blockages.”

Premier Winde and his cabinet will be available at “hot desks” where members of the public are able to interact with them, in short, ten minute slots.

Source: Government of South Africa

Premier Alan Winde hosts First Thursday event, 1 Aug

Western Cape Government First Thursday will launch in August

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde will be hosting the first of the Western Cape Government’s First Thursday events on 1 August.

First Thursday is the brainchild of Gareth Pearson, who launched the concept in Cape Town following a trip to Europe. Since then, it has been widely embraced across the city, with many of the CBD’s top galleries, eateries and attractions staying open later.

Premier Winde introduced the concept of First Thursday in government during his tenure as Minister of Economic Opportunities. This concept is now being expanded across the Western Cape Government, with Ministers and representatives from each department making themselves available to engage with the public on the first Thursday of every month.

Premier Winde said: “It is my aim to make government more open and accessible to people and the First Thursday concept allows us to do that in an innovative way that also provides a platform for people to showcase their businesses and network.”

“This is one of the manifesto promises I made, and we are ready to deliver. We want people to know that every first Thursday of the month between 5 and 9 pm, they can come down to the concourse at 7 Wale Street, and they will find us. The event is free, and our officials are giving freely of their time.”

For the first event, we have worked with the Economic Development Partnership and Kwabo Industries to showcase the work of entrepreneurs and informal businesses on their databases.

The event will also showcase arts and crafts, and food trucks.

Premier Winde said: “In planning this event, we have had to submit a massive event application and deal with a fair amount of government red tape, so we have an understanding of what businesses go through when dealing with red tape. As such, we will have representatives from the Western Cape Liquor Authority and the Red Tape Reduction Unit available on the night, to help deal with questions, problems and blockages.”

Premier Winde and his cabinet will be available at “hot desks” where members of the public are able to interact with them, in short, ten minute slots.

Source: Government of South Africa