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. The Climate Love Project is a vehicle to imagine and implement creative projects that provide an avenue for activism.
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.
So we decided to make learning these skills fun!
We started with Art Nights in the neighborhood and our work has bloomed to include community made sculptures that rove through town, art-based engagement strategies, workshops, public events and a neighborhood Nigh 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.
Our projects are made by kids, parents, professionals and neighbors in Durango, Colorado and beyond. You too can be the Climate Love Project!
We are young creatives.
Some of our projects are designed and prototyped by kids for kids. Our current group of young creatives are
Piper Lang, Eden Glasser and Mila Glasser.
THE DEFINITION OF COMMUNITY
We think about community a lot.
Here are some ways that we define community:
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.”
Thank you to everyone in our wonderful neighborhood for teaching me what true community feels like. I am so grateful to be part of something bigger.
Becky, Dirk, Piper and Finn, Tanja, Andy, Piper and Toby, Lindsay, JP, Uli and Bodhi, Cathlin, Breaux, Greyson and Rory, Brenda, Ken, Isaac, Liza, Heath, Pakhi, Poppy, Hodo, Lala and the Wednesday Art Group, Mona, the Animas City Night Bazaar crew, and of course, Paul and Finn, you inspire me!