Remember the AIDS Memorial quilt? Now, children across the world are stitching away for another good cause. And this time, it is for the environment. Students have designed climate change “pledge patches” – made from recycled materials, naturally – that are stitched into a historic quilt. The finished product will be presented to President Barack Obama and leaders at the December UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen.
This campaign is designed to empower youth, raise awareness and build global community. According to the Climate Quilt Campaign, it “will ultimately be a representation of children's hopes and dreams for the future of the Earth and their pledge to do their part to protect the environment.” Its intention is to give children a tangible way to understand climate change and what they can do about it.
The project was launched in New York City back in August, during Global Climate Week 2009. The first panels of were unveiled at PS 3 in Manhattan. Now, the quilt is traveling the globe, (hopefully in the most low carbon way possible). It is making stops along the way on different continents with an ultimate destination of Copenhagen. There, it will be presented by children to leaders at the UN Climate Conference, December 6th to 18th.
The quilt has been brought to life in part by the Green Schools Alliance, which is made up of students, parents, administrators, businesses and more. This group is dedicated to bringing a collective action for climate change. It is also sponspored in part by Habitat Heroes.