Stitches For Survival is a group of knitters, crocheters, stitchers and crafters from across the UK and beyond with a heart-felt message to the COP26 climate talks to be held in Glasgow 1–12 November 2021.
It is time to put the Earth — the basis for our very survival — and not money, centre stage in political decisions. This is the time to take bold and binding action to stop the devastating climate havoc and ecological breakdown that is evident across the world.
This last year has shown how radically our lives can change overnight when the political will is there and people take responsibility. It is time to act with the same urgency on the climate and ecological crisis!
We are knitting, crocheting, stitching and crafting 1.5 mioiles of climate messages for the negotiators to urge them to take bold and binding action together. We are stitching in solidarity with those most affected by the climate crisis and whose voices need to be heard. Mass-craftivism to put the Earth centre-stage at COP26.
The length of the scarf represents the 1.5°C target in the Paris Agreement.
The Stitches For Survival scarf will be used for campaigning locally and nationally in the lead up to COP26. During the conference we will display the scarf at Glasgow Green Drying Green on the 6th November. We would LOVE it if as many people could join us at the event, to show world leaders our commitment to protecting the planet and climate justice.
After COP26 the scarf will be repurposed into blankets for refugees and other communities who need them. Some of the more creative sections will be kept for an exhibition, and be used for ongoing campaigning.
To learn more about Stitches for Survival from our community of Craftivists:
Watch this short BBC News video
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