Originally designed for the September 21 People’s Climate March in NYC, The Climate Ribbon ritual was developed by a group of movement artists and also faith leaders as a way to collective process climate grief and the emotional aspect of this crisis.
As the world begins to truly reckon with the immensity of the threat of climate catastrophe, and our movement grows to the scale of the problem, we ask ourselves: what could move millions of us through our fear and grief and into action? What, in a word, is the Climate Justice movements’ equivalent of the AIDS Memorial Quilt? Our answer: The Climate Ribbon — a massive public art installation and ritual space to grieve all that we stand to lose to Climate Chaos.
How does it work?
Everyone at the event writes on a ribbon their answer to the question: what do you love and hope to never lose to climate crisis? . They then tie their ribbon to a structure, creating a collective sculpture. In our iteration, we plan to tie them to cords strung like a clothesline (this will also make it easy to dismantle, store, and bring to new events). Then, event attendees gather in small groups (~10 people) in a designated space. Each takes a turn picking a ribbon out of the sculpture and reading what is written on it. The other group members then call out - “we got your back”. This creates community bond! Once each group member has a turn, that small group leaves the space and a new one comes in to repeat the process.