Climate Change Art Project Northern Rivers

Posted on August 1st, 2009

Can the Northern Rivers region make a collaborative art project around climate change? Do you want to be part of it?

Have you heard about the 350 campaign? If you haven’t, here’s the link:

On October 24th there’s a world wide campaign to highlight 350 as the most important number in tackling climate change, referring to 350 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as the threshold to safe levels. (we’re already at 390 and rising!!)

People all over the world are getting together in their communities to make a splash about 350 on October 24th.

Wouldn’t it be great to do something in our region. Let’s see if we can find 350 people (kids, seniors, parents and activists) to contribute to a beautiful, tactile wall-hanging of 350 squares. Sewn as simply or as elaborately as desired; it wouldn’t have to be complicated. Would you be willing to make one of them? Can you inspire others in your circle?

There’s a variety of ways squares could be designed... featuring the number 350, or even just a three or a five or a zero that we would match in sew-up time. Alternatively you might like to feature a tropical fish or a globe, something at risk by climate change. The size is four inches (100mm) with a half inch seam allowance, making 5 inches (125mm) in total.

This idea is originating from Black Horse Creek near Kyogle where we have a tradition of making quilts to mark important occasions; for inspiration look at our website:

Most importantly, we would need to receive your square by the 10th of October (to allow time for sew-up). We need to know soon how many people are interested in participating so we know whether it’s possible to get to the magic number 350.

As well as media coverage in the course of the regional campaign, and a big splash on the day, the wall hanging could be exhibited in local galleries over ensuing months and then delivered to our federal MP Janelle Saffin to present to Penny Wong.

Can we do this? We look forward to hearing from you!

Please pass this on to your network.

Shakti Burke, Tori Bail and Linda Woodrow
Black Horse Creek, Kyogle NSW

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