This page has some questions and suggestions to get you started. You can use them on your own, or they can be used for group reflection.
1. What or whom do you love that’s in danger because of environmental breakdown?
This could be someone in danger because of drought, famine, flooding, or other extreme weather. It could be a whole community. Or it could be a place threatened by drought, flooding, wildfires, or erosion. It could be one of the million species currently facing the threat of extinction. More information about some of these dangers is here.
2. How do you contribute to the threat? And what can you do about it?
You may need to think about this. There are steps we can and should take as individuals, but these alone aren’t enough. We also need to change how we live collectively, how we relate to each other and our planet. Research could be your first action: here is one place to start.
You could reflect prayerfully or mindfully on possible actions as you make your panel. Talking to other people can also be helpful. Friendship and community can be wonderful sources for self-reflection.
3. What’s the tiniest action you could take to make a difference? What’s the most radical action you could take?
Jot down some thoughts so you don’t forget. You can come back and add to them later. It may be helpful to reflect on this further as you make a quick drawing or collage to illustrate some actions. Or if you prefer, you could use words to explore the issues and the emotions they bring out.
If you’d like to make a textile panel, you’re now ready to design this. You can make as many panels as you’d like. You could also (for example) make one to mourn the passing of a species, or to grieve for the destruction of a place that’s meaningful to you.
Don’t forget to tell others about what you’ve thought about and done. You might inspire them to join in, celebrating what we love and making change for love’s sake. What a gift that would be!
Some ways to get started: Here is a short guided meditation that may help you or a group to reflect on these questions. Besides following the links on our website, you can also print out our guidance about making textile panels for the project.
You might prefer to join an introductory workshop. Have a look at our events page to see what’s going on. It’s also possible to organise or run an event locally or for a particular community. If you’d like to do this, or want to help us with an event, please contact us.