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Origins


As the world begins to truly reckon with the immensity of the threat, 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 movement equivalent of the AIDS 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.

On September 21st, 2014, as the United Nations prepared to meet for yet another summit on climate change to produce yet another hollow treaty, over 400,000 people converged in New York City for what was the largest march against Climate Chaos in world history. The launch of the Climate Ribbon was the culminating art installation at the People’s Climate March: a Tree of Life sculpture hung with thousands of ribbons telling stories about everything we most cherish that Climate Chaos threatens to wipe away: The Gulf Coast, next year’s harvest, the future of our children’s children, the bees, clean air and water…

The Climate Ribbon project invites people around the country, and the world, to share these stories and thread them together. Collectively, these ribbons compose a kind of “people’s treaty,” inspired in part by Northeastern Native American quahog and whelk shell wampum belts that signify the mutual exchange of trust that takes place when commitments are made between peoples. 

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Origins


As the world begins to truly reckon with the immensity of the threat, 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 movement equivalent of the AIDS 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.

On September 21st, 2014, as the United Nations prepared to meet for yet another summit on climate change to produce yet another hollow treaty, over 400,000 people converged in New York City for what was the largest march against Climate Chaos in world history. The launch of the Climate Ribbon was the culminating art installation at the People’s Climate March: a Tree of Life sculpture hung with thousands of ribbons telling stories about everything we most cherish that Climate Chaos threatens to wipe away: The Gulf Coast, next year’s harvest, the future of our children’s children, the bees, clean air and water…

The Climate Ribbon project invites people around the country, and the world, to share these stories and thread them together. Collectively, these ribbons compose a kind of “people’s treaty,” inspired in part by Northeastern Native American quahog and whelk shell wampum belts that signify the mutual exchange of trust that takes place when commitments are made between peoples. 

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Ribbon Rituals


Where in the world has the Climate Ribbon been? 

(Submit your event here and visit our Stories page for photos and more)

December 7-11 Movement convergence space, Climate Action Zone (ZAC), at the CENTQUATRE, Paris, France

December 5-6 Large Climate Ribbon Tree sculpture at the People’s Climate Summit and the Global Village of Alternatives / Village Mundial des Alternatives in Montreuil, France

December 2 Climate Ribbon ritual with Eroles Project at L'Annexe, Paris, France

November 30-December 2 At the COP21 at Le Bourget with 350.org at Générations Climat, right beside the UN negotiations, Paris, France

November 30 Installed at Place To B during the two weeks of the COP21, Paris, France

November 29 Massive street mobilization before the UN Climate Summit began, Paris France

November 26-30 Conference of Youth / Conférence internationale des jeunes COY, Paris, France

October 15-19, 2015 Parliament of World Religions - Climate Ribbon art installation, Salt Lake City, UT (Read article)

October 16-18, 2015 Bioneers, Marin, California

September 26-27, 2015 Alternatiba bike Tour and Celebration/Village of Alternatives, Paris, France

September 25, 2015 Les Lilas, France

September 12, 2015 Silent Climate Parade, Berlin, Germany  

August 4, 2015 Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center - Climate Ribbon living tree, Falls Village, CT

August 2015 The Watershed Center - Climate Ribbon living tree, Wassaic, NY

March 2015 The Work that Reconnects Training with Joanna Macy, Oakland, CA

February - April 2015 ThoughtWorks Climate Arts Show, NYC, NY

January 28, 2015 Northern Arizona University student action, AZ

October 2015 Highline Grand Opening, NYC, NY

September 2014 People’s Climate March - Climate Ribbon art ritual finale, New York City

September 2014 350.org Campus organizers training, NYC, NY

September 21, 2014 Sinai Free Synagogue Tree of Life event, Mount Vernon, New York

September 19, 2014 350.org Global Leaders event, NYC, NY

September, 2014 New York Writer’s Guild, NYC, NY

September, 2014 Romemu Synagogue, New York City

September 2014 Union Theological Seminary interfaith event (see Al Gore’s ribbon from this event), NYC, NY

September, 2014 Far Rockaways event with Rockaway Wildfire, New York  

Ribbon Rituals


Where in the world has the Climate Ribbon been? 

(Submit your event here and visit our Stories page for photos and more)

December 7-11 Movement convergence space, Climate Action Zone (ZAC), at the CENTQUATRE, Paris, France

December 5-6 Large Climate Ribbon Tree sculpture at the People’s Climate Summit and the Global Village of Alternatives / Village Mundial des Alternatives in Montreuil, France

December 2 Climate Ribbon ritual with Eroles Project at L'Annexe, Paris, France

November 30-December 2 At the COP21 at Le Bourget with 350.org at Générations Climat, right beside the UN negotiations, Paris, France

November 30 Installed at Place To B during the two weeks of the COP21, Paris, France

November 29 Massive street mobilization before the UN Climate Summit began, Paris France

November 26-30 Conference of Youth / Conférence internationale des jeunes COY, Paris, France

October 15-19, 2015 Parliament of World Religions - Climate Ribbon art installation, Salt Lake City, UT (Read article)

October 16-18, 2015 Bioneers, Marin, California

September 26-27, 2015 Alternatiba bike Tour and Celebration/Village of Alternatives, Paris, France

September 25, 2015 Les Lilas, France

September 12, 2015 Silent Climate Parade, Berlin, Germany  

August 4, 2015 Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center - Climate Ribbon living tree, Falls Village, CT

August 2015 The Watershed Center - Climate Ribbon living tree, Wassaic, NY

March 2015 The Work that Reconnects Training with Joanna Macy, Oakland, CA

February - April 2015 ThoughtWorks Climate Arts Show, NYC, NY

January 28, 2015 Northern Arizona University student action, AZ

October 2015 Highline Grand Opening, NYC, NY

September 2014 People’s Climate March - Climate Ribbon art ritual finale, New York City

September 2014 350.org Campus organizers training, NYC, NY

September 21, 2014 Sinai Free Synagogue Tree of Life event, Mount Vernon, New York

September 19, 2014 350.org Global Leaders event, NYC, NY

September, 2014 New York Writer’s Guild, NYC, NY

September, 2014 Romemu Synagogue, New York City

September 2014 Union Theological Seminary interfaith event (see Al Gore’s ribbon from this event), NYC, NY

September, 2014 Far Rockaways event with Rockaway Wildfire, New York