La Nuit des Idées 2023

Date: 21 Oct 2023, 4:00pm - 9:30pm GMT+8 Kuala Lumpur

Oceans: Could less mean more?

Second edition of la Nuit des Idées (the Night of Ideas) in Malaysia!

Did you know that oceans cover more than 70% of the planet's surface? That marine and coastal ecosystems provide food for billions of people around the world? Or that oceans also play a major role as climate regulators? And yet, despite their relevance, our oceans are increasingly threatened by pollution, overfishing, climate change, tourism, etc. Plastic pollution, for instance, is expected to triple by 2040. So how can we do more to protect our oceans? What if doing more meant doing less (waste, pollution), doing better (decision-making), doing it together (collaborating)?

Come explore this concept during our “Nuit des Idées 2023” hosted by Alliance Française of Kuala Lumpur. Through various activities, we will reflect on how a shift in perspective can lead us to making better choices for our oceans and ourselves. You will also be able to enjoy a vibrant art installation by Hara Makers and contribute to our Wall for the Oceans and commit to adopting one eco-friendly gesture. Check out our exciting programme – and register ASAP!

More Knowledge

Enjoy a selection of short films in English and French about the oceans and the role of science in understanding and protecting these fragile ecosystems.
Presented by Universcience, Reef Stakes and the Embassy of France in Malaysia, this film screening offers a delightful experience that is friendly for kids and adults alike!
Let's watch these insightful videos together while enjoying complimentary popcorn!

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More Understanding

Discover Ocean Hackathon with the JellyGO team, champions of marine innovation. Learn how they won the international Grand Finale in France and explore their ocean-saving app. Discover their impactful application and ways to contribute to ocean preservation, with a chance to win Ocean Hackathon goodies!

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More Recycling

Plastic pollution is everywhere, and going nowhere fast - except into our waterways, soil, food, air, and bodies. The Sea Monkey Project creates ocean plastic solutions and education. They upcycle single-use plastics into long-lasting ethical souvenirs; upcycling plastic “waste” means turning trash into treasure. Embark the journey with them in exploring different possibilities of plastic upcycling, sustainability, and climate education.

To participate, please bring with you some plastic type 2 or 5 – they can be easily recognised by the triangle symbol at the bottom of the plastic product.

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More Collaboration

Play Reef Stakes®, a marine-themed role-playing card game that simulates real-life stakeholder relationships, introduces iconic marine species, and highlights threats to coral reefs. Join in the debate and decision-making to shape the future of the reef.
Suitable for participants aged 12 years and above. 

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More Information

A discussion on Malaysia’s marine environment, its natural climate services, traditional knowledge, and protection efforts. Based on the #SeaWorld series, published by Macaranga with the support of the Embassy of France to Malaysia to address under-reported issues.

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Less Food Waste

Freshable, a Malaysian company, will teach sustainable and healthy cooking. Learn how to make ocean-friendly snacks using high-quality, locally sourced ingredients. Don't forget to bring your own plate and cutlery!

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More Action

Greater Action, a social non profit organisation based out of Bandar Baru Ampang, helps 250 vulnerable refugee families, particularly Afghan families, to rebuild their lives in Malaysia by providing them quality education, sustainable livelihood opportunities and mental healthcare. Support their team of talented women and purchase handcrafted uniquely designed bags, accessories and home linen made from premium up-cycled material or order their sumptuous authentic afghan food/ French cookies and cakes for a memorable culinary experience.

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More Upcycling

Discover the captivating plastic tree sculpture 'The Last Tree' crafted from 5,000 community-collected plastic bags by Hara Makers, a non-profit upcycling organization. Hara Makers goes beyond art – it's a transformative initiative addressing community issues and striving for a world free of poverty and discrimination by empowering the underprivileged through their voices and income-generating projects. 
Throughout the event, this captivating artwork will be on display in AFKL.

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Come be a part of this insightful event and contribute to ocean conservation!

Date: Saturday, 21 October 2023
Time: 4pm - 9.30pm
Venue: Alliance Française of Kuala Lumpur

The programme:

4pm - 6pm 

 [Film projection] More knowledge: Ocean Science - movie time! by Universcience

5.15pm - 7pm 

 [Demonstration] More recycling: Turning trash into treasure by The Sea Monkey Project

5.45pm - 7pm

 [Presentation] More understanding: Ocean Hackathon and the JellyGO app!

6pm - 7pm 

 [Game] More collaboration: Game on! by Reef Stakes

7pm - 8pm

 [Roundtable] More information: What's in our #SeaWorld by Macaranga

8pm - 8.15pm

 Light refreshments by Gustafood Café

8.15pm - 9.30pm 

 [Workshop] Less food waste: Cooking sustainably and healthy by Freshable

ALL DAY  [Craft Sale] More action: Empowering refugee women by Greater action
ALL DAY  [Booth] More information: What's in our #SeaWorld by Macaranga
ALL DAY  [Exhibition] More upcycling: 'The Last Tree' by Hara Makers
ALL DAY  [Pledge Wall] More commitment: A Wall for the Oceans by the French Embassy
ALL DAY  [Literature Corner] More insight: Opening our minds through reading by AFKL's library

For every activity, kindly register below. 

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