This was a show conducted by a community named Hopefools at EMK center on 5th June, 2016, which is World Environment Day. Hopefools is a global platform that communicates the importance of sustainability using innovative tools and following the rules of thumb. The concept of sustainability can be used for three categories - social, economic, and environmental. Hopefools work with the environmental aspect.
Many well known individuals were present at the show, such as famous photographers Aninda kabir Avik and professors from various well-known institutions, such as Tanveer Ahmad and Parisa Shakur from NSU and Rezwanul Huque Masud from Dhaka University. Environmentalists, such as Mofizur Rahman from Planetary Health Researcher and Ahsan Rony, President of Green Savers, were present, as well as wildlife researcher Anu Treq and Sayam U Chowdhury. The guest panel at the event was multi-disciplinary.
The show began with a video being shown, where members of Hopefools had gone to interview faculties on what they thought about the phrase “Environment is the new cool”. According to some, environment means your surroundings and everything your surrounding is made up of, whereas others think it is how you respond and adapt to a situation. The event included appreciation from various quarters of the initiative “environment is the new cool,” since its purpose would be to instill the word “environment” in the minds of the new generation, who are getting more and more distanced from nature and natural environments. It was made clear that to find a solution and make the environment better, we have to firstly think about it properly and understand what it is, since we cannot expect to find a solution without understanding what you are finding the solution for.
The younger generation need to be interested in the environment since they are the future, and this interest has to be generated in new and interesting ways that appeal to this generation. This was the main goal of this show - to present environment in a fun way to show that environment is something you can enjoy and have fun in. The show too was conducted with jokes, funny videos, and laughter, and the guests present really enjoyed this new approach towards environment. Many of the renowned individuals present were asked to come on stage and say a few words, and many of them expressed their appreciation for this fun approach, preferring it over more serious conferences on environment.
One of the guests said that if you tell someone to go plant a tree, most likely they would not listen, but if you say to that person, “come on let's go plant a tree together”, then they might at least consider it. Environment is not a personal property, it is for all, so therefore we don’t have any right to pollute it as if it is our own.
Another guest argued that environment means co-existing, and since we take more from the environment than we give, by merely existing we are polluting the environment. The world was here long before humans were, so we shouldn’t act like we don’t need the environment, because the truth is the exact opposite - it is the environment that doesn’t need us humans. It was there before we were here, and it will be continue to exist after we are no longer here.
Others said that we do not think about the environment anymore but we should, since long ago the hobbies of children used to be boating, gardening, swimming and other things that are all related to nature. However, nowadays the hobbies of children are playing computer games, browsing the Internet etc. We, the people of the 21st century, are becoming distant from nature.
They also said that the environment is a huge matter, as our behaviour and the emotions we experience in our day to day lives all, in a way, depend on the climate. So if the environment is clean, the weather would be better and it would affect our behaviour in a positive way. Therefore, to keep our minds clean we have to follow very simple steps - keep our beds clean, then keep our rooms clean, then our houses, then our roads, which in turn will keep our area clean, in turn our state, country and gradually the world.
These and many more philosophical thoughts were shared by our honourable guests at the event. There were also refreshments and food coupons for our guests, along with a guest pass and flowers celebrating World Environment day. The show came to a conclusion with a small concert, followed by a short performance by one our honourable guests.
‘Hopefools’ hopes to come up with different approaches merging entertainment and environment in the same thread. They believe that this is the only way to spread the ‘environment’ in this digital era.