WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?
The project was born to celebrate what we love about our planet and engage the challenges of climate change with our hearts. Climate Love Project is a vehicle to imagine and implement creative projects that provide an avenue for activism, a.k.a. artivism!
We think making climate change activities fun is a great way to motivate our kids to action and help them cultivate a positive, solution-oriented response to the climate crisis.
Our research shows that Emotional Intelligence, creative thinking and community building are skill sets that we all need to navigate the complexities of a changing planet and the associated challenges.
We started with Art Nights in the neighborhood and our work has bloomed to include climate change activities for kids and their grown-ups like community made sculptures that rove through town and a neighborhood Night Bazaar.
What, you say that art won’t save the planet? Maybe not, but millions of engaged people acting from our hearts can certainly help.
We strive to think collectively and positively about the change we want to see in the world with the belief that we humans are more likely to engage with an issue if it is presented in a positive way that is relevant to our lives.
And what could be more relevant than what we love?
WHO THE HECK ARE WE ANYWAY?
We are a neighborhood, a community, a collective.
Climate Love Project was imagined by Erin Murphy, mom, sustainability sage, LEED green building expert, Colorado Creative Industries Change Leader, community builder and public art aficionado. Erin does this work for free because she loves it and hopes someday it will become more than her passion-project.
Our climate change activities for kids and community building projects are made by kids, parents, grandparents, professionals and neighbors in Durango, Colorado and beyond. You too can be a part of the Climate Love Project!
We are young change makers.
Some of our climate change activities for kids are projects designed and prototyped by kids for kids. Our current group of young change makers are Piper Lang, Eden Glasser and Myla Glasser.
We think about community a lot. Here are some ways that we define it:
We care about what happens to each other.
We are responsible to, and for, each other.
we know that what happens to one affects us all.
We have shared goals and create space to respectfully consider each other's opinions.
And we know that community is one of our most effective change-making tools.
As Margaret J. Wheatley says, “There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.”