At Climate Love Project we believe that we need community, empathy, creativity and a whole lot of love to take on the challenges of our time. That's why we make creative kid activities using art as a form of activism, otherwise known as artivism.
What is artivism you may wonder? Artivism is a portmantu word made up of art + activism. According to Wikipedia, the term grew from "a 1997 gathering between Chicano artists from East Los Angeles and the Zapatistas in Chiapas, Mexico." Now artists and climate activists around the world are using artivism to communicate the impacts and solutions to climate change.
At Climate Love Project, designing and launching creative kid activities that build community, teach emotional intelligence and creative thinking make us happy and hopeful. We hope it will do the same for you.
Our story began with a Little Library. Our community built it collaboratively and it has become a place in our neighborhood where we gather to connect, celebrate, grieve or find a good book. We update it every couple of years as a community building creative kid activity!
Since then, Climate Love Project has blossomed to include projects at the neighborhood, community and international scales. Our climate change interactive activities range from art nights with the neighborhood to workshops with a local youth organization or activities to do at home with your family.
You can join us by browsing our projects- does anything inspire you? If so, please feel free to re-purpose a project and tell us how it goes! Other ways to join us and become an artivist are to follow our blog for “how-to” instructions on doing your own artivist projects, check out our store for climate activist gear and stay tuned for turn-key projects ready to be implemented in a neighborhood near you!
We love to customize and imagine things so please contact us with questions.
Here is a little sampling of our work.
Voices from the youth climate movement
If you've heard of Greta Thunberg then you know that young people around the world are demanding change. From Fridays for Future school strikes to the Sunrise Movement demands for a Green New Deal to Our Climate Trust youth suing the U.S. government, our kids are sending strong messages to take action. This series of postcards and t-shirts amplifies the messages from youth protest signs at climate events. Check out our new store where you can order your own t-shirt or postcard activism tool kit!
animas city book & idea exchange
Our Little Library got a face lift! Thanks to the vision and carpentry skills of neighbors and the individual creative efforts of families in the 'hood, our new library is looking beautiful once again. We asked folks to think about what they love about their home- whether that be the earth, the neighborhood, or their house- and decorate their own license plate accordingly.
happy the change maker
Meet Happy the Change Maker. Happy is a community art activity designed to help us celebrate our planet. The traveling sculpture was made by kids from the Boys & Girls Club and the 'hood. We thought about "What change do you want to see for the planet and how can you help make that change happen?"
Inside these little darlings you will find inspiration to brighten your day and focus attention on all the good in the world. This educational activity draws on the field of Positive Psychology mixed in with a dash of whimsy and surprise to build emotional intelligence.
Endangered species on parade
Between 1970 and 2012 populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish around the globe dropped 58% according to a report by WWF. We honored these lost animals with a creative activity using a lot of love and a little light too.
Climate change is scary. Halloween rituals are a way to deal with things that scare us. The community engagement activity applies creative thinking to climate change by giving voice to our fears and celebrating the solutions that we do have control over.
This creative activity for kids and their adults centers around creating a sense of place and building community. By recognizing our connection to a place and its' inhabitants, we can become more aware of our impacts on the planet. In the process, a moment in time is "captured" and this creative kid activity becomes a shared memory for the whole family.