Exeter staff and students joined others across the country to become “Canary Craftivists” this week. We met to sew little yellow canary birds from fabric leftovers, and to join the call for decisive climate action at this year’s climate change summit, COP26, which is being hosted by the UK government, in Glasgow. These little fabric canaries represent the warnings we have from scientists across the world about how climate change will impact the things we hold dear, in the same way that canaries were once trusted by miners to warn them of upcoming danger. This foreknowledge gives us a crucial opportunity to work together to limit the damage and protect communities. The birds will be sent as gifts to local MPs, to support their efforts to lead the way in creating a cleaner and greener future for all. “Canary Craftivists” is a national initiative run by the Craftivism Collective, who use handicrafts as a tool to bring people together for quiet, creative activism, which they call ‘gentle protest’.
Read more about the event in the GSI press realase here.
We also discussed the Moths to a Flame campaign as a future crafting project!