Dear artists across Australia concerned with political inaction on our climate emergency.
This is a call to action.
As artists we declare a climate emergency. Let’s act as individuals together across the month of October. It has been shown that contacting our leaders, our decision makers, in a targeted way, directly, personally, and individually, is the most effective strategy to create and continue change. This project is about encouraging those that are part of this change.
We invite you to make a climate badge that reflects the materials and methods of your art practice and addresses your climate emergency concerns. Send this to your politician/leader/local member/decision maker/researcher/board member/person of influence of choice with an explanatory note (you can use the template below). Do this to propel their good work further, to give encouragement to keep going, or to spur someone into action who can do more.
Work individually, or gather your friends, run a badge-making session in your studio or your place of work, take this project wherever you can. Share this call to action far and wide. Your art voice is valuable.
Post it, with your note, to your leader of choice. Share your badge and note on Instagram using #climatebadges and tag your selected badge recipient where possible. Follow this hashtag to see other contributions.
Thank you for taking action. Collective action has power.
SA Artists for Climate Action.
This is a letter template:
Dear [insert name of recipient]
My name is [ insert] I am an [artist/role/bit about yourself].
I am sending you a climate badge to recognise your efforts in [insert details].
As an artist I’ve invested time making this badge for you as I appreciate your important work. This is part of a nationwide action by Australian artists to encourage work by people like yourself at the forefront of creating much needed change to address our climate emergency. You can find out more about this project on Instagram at #climatebadges. If you’d like to contribute you can post an image of yourself wearing your badge. Please use the hashtag #climatebadges.
I look forward to seeing you proudly wearing your badge. Keep going.