Ekstraktib | Music and Arts Fair on E-Scrap

Where are your old phones? Do they go back to the mountains, whence they came? Do we reuse the minerals that may have displaced communities in order to be obtained?

Tell us your E-Scrap story.

Ekstraktib, derived from the English word extractive, means something that is capable or tending toward withdrawal of natural resources by extraction.
The Ekstraktib Music and Arts Fair is a part of the relaunching of End Up Better Campaign: An Advocacy for E-scrap and Metals Recycling by the Philippine Misereor Partnership Inc. (PMPI) as an ALTERNATIVE TO MINING.

Through a music and arts fair, the campaign hopes to arouse public consciousness on the importance of recycling minerals from e_scrap materials to ease the burden of extraction from forests and mountains.

It also hopes to raise awareness of the undisclosed environmental and human effects of modern and competetive electronic production that leads to an even more massive mineral extraction to meet the demands of the market.

It also aims to promote the idea of being a responsible consumer by popularizing the idea of “Sapat Dapat,” or sustainable lifestyle as means to help save the environment from too much mineral extraction and waste production.

The campaign initiated a study conducted by UP Diliman College of Mass Communication Professor Eulalio R. Guieb III on the viability of metal recycling from cellular phones. The study confirmed that given specific design, precious metals from cellular phones may be mined or recycled. It also noted the potential of mining metals from electronics and electrical equipment (EEE) may produce significant volume that would come close to the volume of metals produced through mining. The study was funded and initiated by PMPI.

This initiative will target mostly urban communities in Metro Manila and other key cities in the Philippines where e-waste issues are most prevalent.

The fair will be highlighting activities promoting e-scrap recycling and management. It also aims to facilitate understanding of environment and social impacts of e-wastes through art and creativity. Rap battles, poetry readings, and musical performances will showcase rhymes, poems, verses, songs, and musical pieces that push for environmental causes.

Kids will also be invited to join a poster-making contest, while an arts booth welcomes anyone who’s willing to share their take on the issue while showing their artistic talents.

Key features of the event include Fair of Ideas, where several testimonies and talks will be shared, coming from communities from all walks of life that are involved and affected by this issue. An exhibit will showcase ideas, data, and informative tidbits through creative infographics and artworks.

The activity will be held in an open area, where people are very much welcome to visit and spare few moments of their time to enjoy and learn at the same time.
More importantly, the event aims to be a venue of connection among communities who are passionate about issues on e-waste and of our environment.

INVITATION LETTER

17 April 2017

Dear Partners,

Warm greetings of peace!

In line with our advocacy against mining in the country, the Philippine Misereor Partnership, Inc. (PMPI) will be relaunching its E-scrap campaign through an interactive music and arts fair a, day before the Earth Day Celebration.

Through this activity, we hope to create public awareness to the communities the undisclosed environmental and human cost of producing innovative electronics. Alongside this, it also aims to promote the idea of being a responsible consumer by popularizing the idea of “Sapat Dapat’” lifestyle as a means to help save the environment from too much mineral extraction and waste production.

It is within this context that we write to you.

We would like to invite you to our “EKSTRaktib” Music and Arts Fair on April 21, 2017. Key features of the event include a Fair of Ideas (FOI) where several testimonies and talks from representatives of different organizations pushing towards environmental consciousness will be shared. The FOI will be held at the Audio Visual Room (AVR) of Malate Church from 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.

A music fair will also follow at the Church Grounds where musical performances and rap battles will take place from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Through the use of artistry and creativity, the fair aims to help raise consciousness the importance of E-scrap/Ewaste recycling and the growing issues of the environment. We will be having photo exhibit, as well, showing the same theme.

A poster-making contest will be hosted for the youth in the morning.

You may contact Jen Moling at 09228501875 or Joy Quito at 09195097297 for further details. You may also look into the other attachments for more information.

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at the event. Thank you very much!

Sincerely yours,

Jeanette Moling
PMPI AMC Project Officer

Noted:

Yolanda R. Esguerra
PMPI National Coordinator

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