Show up for climate

Show up for climate at the Vermont Statehouse! And / or make a wave of plastic, or other piece of climate art to show legislators your support for changing climate change. Help to make a rising tide on the statehouse steps.

Online Sessions – Crafting for Climate

Quick background & inspiration will be shared followed by crafting together – with plenty of time for conversation, questions, & project sharing. No special art supplies needed – things you have at home will work well. Sessions before the January 7th first “tide": Wednesday Evening December 22nd, 7 - 8 pm, Next Monday Evening December 27th, 7 - 8pm, Next Sunday at Noon, January 2nd, 12 - 1pm. Online on google Meet. Come to one or all if you want to join other makers, or are just curious. Sign up for meeting links & information here:

In Person Dates to create a Rising Tide of pressure on the legislature

Join us for the first Friday of the legislative session, January 7th at noon for a first wave of climate protest “washing up” at the Vermont statehouse. Come to the statehouse on February 4th for a bigger wave of climate advocacy, and when the "earth in space” petition is delivered to legislators in support of the Bottle Bill, the Right to Repair and making large corporations responsible. Sign up with VPIRG for updates on the February day of advocacy sign the digital version of the petition here:

Please share widely with people & groups who may be interested in this invitation to artivism! Write a letter, make a plastic trash ‘wave’ banner, make a message to legislators to let them know that now is the time for laws that incentivize better, cleaner, greener packaging, materials, & systems change. Transform the despair of climate change into action. Background information:

Here is to building community that visions a healthier world for all! Hope to get crafty with you soon.

Rebecca Schwarz

Thanks for posting Eric!!! I am hosting Crafty for Climate making sessions online. The first one starts at 7 tonight! Future sessions before the first wave ‘washing up’ on the statehouse Jan 7th, more sessions planned for before the 2nd wave February 4th.

  • Monday Evening – December 27th, 7 - 8pm
  • Sunday at Noon – January 2nd, 12 - 1pm

sign up here:
Below is the outline for tonight’s session:


Join other makers, to craft action on climate.

TIMELINE for the sessions

  • a few minute introduction: who & slides on inspiration on project possibilities, & how the arts have helped make change happen.
  • work together from our various creative spaces (kitchen tables, floor space, etc) to make art for the interrelated issues of climate.
  • project sharing & conversation
  • any feedback

Lots of time for conversation, questions, and sharing projects.

Bring some basic supplies if you have them.You can make with just about anything. No rules here, just basic common sense for what is straight forward to work with and will hold up well enough. Plastic is oil, so it is slippery. Some materials will work more easily than others. Use what you have. Maybe start with pencil and paper. If you have a specific idea you may need specific supplies.

Plastics: packaging, chip bags, films, bottles, etc…

Things that cut: Scissors, ?..

Tape – any kind: gift wrap, packing, duct
Vegetable wire ties to connect materials
Strong string or rope to hold longer pieces together

Mark Making:
Permanent markers such as sharpies
Paper or Cardboard cut in various shapes / letters / drawn or painted on
Acrylic paint - depending on the material acrylics might peel off after being folded or rolled

To make a plastic wave:

  1. Gather Materials: Found litter: old broken tarps or ripped garbage bags, plastic cups, bottles, packaging. I doubt you will need help finding it, but just in case, look by the side of the road or in windswept areas near roads and parking lots.

  2. Tear open a garbage bag or piece of tarp or film – this is now your wave. If you make a diagonal tear you will get a more wave like shape. Tearing the plastic gives it a ruffled ocean like appearance.

  3. Tape on pieces of litter to a wave banner that is big enough to be held between two people to flow in the wind (from small to very long (20’ - as long as it can hold together). If possible, connect recyclable bottles to pieces in a way that they can later be easily recycled (i.e. tape over the wrapper).


Write a slogan on the wave to demands change, or inform about issues that are meaningful to you. If you want to get the letters even, write them in marker on newspaper that goes under the plastic wave, then fix and trace.

Some slogans:

Climate Now!
Private Profits, Public Debt
Make Producers Responsible
No more Delaying, Distracting, Derailing
Just Transition
Transition away from fossil fuels
Justice for all
Climate is Jobs
Climate is Equity
Climate is Health
Climate is Wellness
Climate is Human Rights
Health for all
Right to Repair
Plastics is a Fracking Problem
We want renewable, regional, circular, clean materials & systems
Eliminate single-use consumer plastic
Invest in reusable, refillable, and package-free
Ban Problematic Plastics

what else?


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Rebecca Schwarz