Here's a video up on you tube of the quilt! It was taken at the very end of the day, after the action was over. The first part of it is rising tide bikers messing around on the (totally rocking pedal powered!) speaker system, and after that there's a bunch of footage of the quilt. About 1000 people walked through it taking pictures and getting inspired:
Here in California, we're having cool sunny days full of the sweet smell of leaves drifting all over the place. Everything feel like fall, so beautiful! I continue to see the hummingbirds that come to our windows to drink from the passion flowers and thinking "Oh! I should make a square of that!" I haven't made any new squares since the action Oct 24th, but we continue to receive them by mail, and if anyone you know would like to make one, please encourage them to!
Here are some of the pictures from the action(s) Oct 24th... It was a beautiful day! The one at the top is the quilt laid out at Dolores Park, with San Francisco in the background. You can see people sewing the new squares together... by the end of the morning we had another panel plus extras. The next one is Justin Herman Plaza, where 1000 people walked through the quilt exclaiming over their favorite squares and took photos... it was so exciting to see the idea of the quilt as a whole piece emerge after focusing on putting all of the parts together for so long! Lastly, you can see the 3-5-0 panels in front of the San Francisco skyline.
We're hoping to have a website up soon that will have a gallery of each of the squares, who made them, plus the stories we received with the squares so that everyone can see all of the care and beauty that the quilt has sewn into it.
The 350 reasons quilt is a community art project to raise awareness about keeping our atmosphere here on planet Earth safe for life. Last year, the world's leading climate scientists determined that 350 parts per million CO2 is the most that our atmosphere can hold and still sustain life as we know it.
Currently, the atmosphere holds 390-- way too much. The quilt was created as part of a global movement (see 350.org) to make October 24, 2009 a global day of action to raise awareness of this most important number on Earth. In December, 2009, the world's leaders are meeting to create new agreements about how to work together on the climate crisis, and 350 needs to be the number they are working for.
Each panel of the 350 Reasons Quilt is a tribute to something that the person who created it loves about life on Earth. All sewn together, the quilt will represent 350 reasons to dedicate our energy, time and creativity to keep Earth's atmosphere below 350! It continues to grow and inspire people. Please participate by creating your own panel and bringing it or mailing it to the quilt project!