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, June 25, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientists warn
there are only a dozen years before millions of people experience
the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and
poverty 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.
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 replies 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.
"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
"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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