WI activists adopt craftivism in COP 26 bid to halt climate change - The Solihull Observer

WI activists adopt craftivism in COP 26 bid to halt climate change

Solihull Editorial 28th Aug, 2021   0

EXTINCTION Rebellion may have been blocking the streets of London but locally a different type of activism – with the same aim if saving the planet- is taking place in Solihull.

Members of Packwood and Bentley Heath WI are part of the ‘craftivism’ movement and are marking The Great Big Green Week with a major event at Bentley Heath Community Hall on Sunday, September 26.

The Great Big Green Week is all about celebrating taking action to combat climate change and communities across the UK are being encouraged to join together for what will be the biggest event for climate and nature ever in the UK.

Among the many activities taking place the ladies, along with like-minded groups across the country, have been busy making their contribution to panels for a special scarf.




This scarf, once put together, which will go to Glasgow for the COP 26 global summit, and will measure one and a half miles long to represent the one and a half degrees global temperatures must not rise above if the planet is to be saved.

“We are not the sort of people who want to parade down the street protesting but we want to do our craftivisim to show we do care,” said spokeswoman Barbara Davison.


“I want my children and grandchildren to have a planet left that’s viable.”

The Bentley Heath event will feature not only the panels made locally for the scarf but also Solihull Zero Wasters, plenty of activities for children, Debbie Partridge’s refill van and local MP Saqib Bhatti will also be attending.

For more on craftivism visit https://stitchesforsurvival.earth/.

For more on the fight against climate change see https://www.mothstoaflame.art/.

For more details of the week of action, visit: https://greatbiggreenweek.com/

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