The Manhattan Coastline. Next year’s harvest. Clean air and water. Toxin-free communities. The bees. The future of your children’s children.
What do you love most in your life that you stand to lose—or, maybe, have already lost—to Climate Chaos?
Imagine a giant tree surrounded by ring after ring of ribbons telling stories about everything we most cherish that Climate Chaos threatens to wipe away. That’s what people will find at the end of what is expected to be the largest march against Climate Chaos in world history.
This could be the Climate Justice movement equivalent of the AIDS Memorial Quilt—a massive public art installation and ritual space to move us through our grief and fear and into action.
In preparation for the People’s Climate March, thousands world-wide are sharing their stories. Here’s how you can, too:
1. On a ribbon about 2 feet long, write what to you is most #worthsaving. Consider recycling old ribbons from gift wrapping, or ripping an old sheet or piece of fabric into strips (ideally, the less imported new materials, the more eco-friendly, the better). Pick a ribbon that is wide enough to write on. On the far right side, add your name, where you live and your age. Some examples have been:
“The coastline of Manhattan. Andy, New York City, age 25.”
“The hope that my children can live healthy lives. Jon, Milwaukee, age 34.”
2. Bring your ribbon with you to the People’s Climate March on September 21 in NYC, or mail your ribbon to:
The Climate Ribbon
CODEPINK / THOUGHTWORKS
99 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Following the People's Climate March, each of us will find a stranger’s ribbon, read it aloud, have the crowd answer “We are with you,” then tie it on our wrists and take it home with us, committing ourselves to beat back Climate Chaos so that our worst fears never come true. Together, our commitments weave a giant thread connecting all of us us as we work for a healthy, sustainable planet.
Will you make a ribbon and help realize this vision of collective reflection, ritual, and redemptive action?
Together we are stronger than our fears.
The Climate Ribbon is a project of People’s Climate Arts and has a growing Advisory Circle and list of partnering organizations including Beautiful Trouble, CODEPINK, Rainforest Action Network, Rebuild the Dream, The Other 98%, Tikkun, U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, and the Network of Spiritual Progressives, with support from AVAAZ.