Parachutes for the Planet – a workshop for kids, July 31st

Why Parachutes?

Saving the environment is vital to our health, safety and future, and “parachutes” are a metaphor for this process. These parachutes (non-functional) are circular pieces of cloth decorated with artwork and personal comments about our concerns about the health of our planet. Parachutes can be seen as “safety nets” and when held by groups during demonstrations or collectively displayed in large numbers, they transform into powerful messages of strength, hope and communal determination.

For more Parachutes for the Planet information, go here.

This art project was initiated by 14-year-old Kallan Benson in Maryland to raise awareness of people living sustainable lives and affected by climate change. Nelson’s chapter of Citizen Climate Lobby (CCL)  is inviting groups to have fun and create art on a parachute, to illustrate their concern/hope for living in a sustaible world. It’s pretty open ended, with exception to include the group name and location on the outer border of the chute.
Our local CCL members will take with them to Ottawa, for  the annual CCL National Conference and lobby days in October. They will be on display on Parliament Hill with other Canadian projects.
More info can be found at:
You Tube
Instructions and examples for making the parachute:
This link is from US and gives info about sending finished parachute on to Washington. But we are asking that they be given to the CCL group to take to Ottawa.