Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, the Global Citizen Forum welcomed internationally acclaimed artist and environmentalist Natalia Kapchuk. In partnership with the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), and RAK Properties, the Global Citizen Forum’s second installment in the ‘Butterfly Effect’ trilogy, Earth Age, opened its doors on Wednesday, 6th December. During the Forum, Natalia undertook a number of art, sustainability, and philanthropy-focused initiatives. This included hosting an exhibition of her artworks from ‘The Lost Planet’ series, drawing attention to crucial environmental issues, donating artwork for a charity auction, and announcing her support of a forest planting project with the Nullker platform.
I harness the influence of my artistic endeavours to illuminate the deepening environmental crises. Simultaneously, I strive to foster a sense of personal responsibility and collective action, igniting optimism for a more promising tomorrow.
Activist & Artist Natalia Kapchuk
From the 6th to the 7th of December 2023, Natalia’s solo exhibition, showcasing selected artworks from "The Lost Planet" series, inspired hundreds of delegates. The exhibition explored the natural unicity of our precious planet juxtaposed with dire environmental concerns caused by human impacts. The show was comprised of eight art pieces, including “Carbon Clouds” (2020), “Ocean's DNA” (2019), “Man-made Island” (2019), “Virgin Rocks” (2019), and other creations.
Natalia Kapchuk’s artwork “The Vanishing Antarctica” (2019) was sold for $50,000 at the charity auction held during The Global Citizen Forum Gala night. Proceeds from the auction will support the Yusra Mardini Foundation and the Global Citizen Cultural Centre for Youth, as well as other initiatives, helping amplify marginalized communities' voices.
A number of Natalia's artworks have previously been offered for auction in aid of charities, and the funds raised have been directed to charitable projects supporting sustainability. Natalia has also taken active steps towards environmental causes by personally supporting the One Tree Planted reforestation project, supporting this green initiative to bring its story and other sustainable initiatives of the Nullker eco platform to a wider audience.
The topic of the carbon footprint left by humanity, as well as the restoration of the natural “lungs of the planet,” is now more relevant than ever. Due to massive deforestation for the sake of agriculture and urban development, the Earth is losing almost 100 million trees every year. Natalia shares the modern environmental agenda through art - a language understandable and accessible to most people, helping spread its message. Through her actions, Natalia leads by example through a strategy of small steps towards a global goal, urging people to join and follow her example in the true spirit of the Global Citizen Forum.
“Speaking about ecology in the language of art, we want to draw public attention to environmental problems without conflicts and ultimatums. The main idea we want to convey is: with common efforts, we can fix everything,” added Viktor Khodanov, Founder of Nullker eco platform.
The collaboration “Art & Sustainability: Kapchuk & Nullker” involves supporting various environmental projects worldwide and will include joint public actions and initiatives in the field of art, where such support has enhanced the global idea of saving the planet.