The Climate Ribbon ritual has been happening across the country since the People’s Climate March. Recently, students at Northern Arizona University (NAU) integrated the Climate Ribbon Project into several campaigns run by a student group, The Weatherization and Community Building Action Team (WACBAT).
Report from Michaela Steiner, Fossil Free NAU:
“As a part of WACBAT, I can speak to how we are using the Climate Ribbon Project to engage folks to reflect upon their stake in climate change and what they stand to lose to this crisis. Our group first integrated this project into a national day of action that was happening on November 14th, 15th, and 16th around putting a price tag on carbon and having polluters be held accountable for creating carbon based environmental degradation. This event was immensely successful and over 150 students participated in the Climate Ribbon Project over the three days, reflecting on how climate change would personally affect their lives and what they loved.
As our group looks to the future of the Climate Ribbon Project at NAU, we look forward to integrating the Climate Ribbon Project into WACBAT’s fossil fuel divestment campaign called Fossil Free NAU. We look to foster personal growth and reflection to prompt deep engagement at our divestment kick off meeting in January, as well as using the Climate Ribbon Project as a symbolic display at a huge divestment rally on Earth Day. The Climate Ribbon Project has been personally touching to engage with in that it has helped me come back to the roots and reasons of why I’m in this fight for the long haul. It has helped me reconnect to my own stake in the fight against climate change and helped me to think of this work as both transformational and healing, as we aim to adapt to and improve conditions in this ever changing world.”
Thanks Michaela- glad to see the Climate Ribbon in Arizona!