Thank you to our knitters!
Between the winters of 2020 and 2021, knitters from across these lands now called Australia knitted scarves representing the truth of climate change, powerfully illustrating 101 years of climate data. We have been blown away and humbled by the time and effort put into creating these hauntingly beautiful creations.
280 scarves have been knitted and returned. This represents 8,400 hours of knitting and over 11,850 meters of wool. That is enough scarves to gift one to every Federal Parliamentarian both in the House of Representatives and the Senate!
And that's just what we plan to do…
- Knitters gather together with Common Grace to plan for the next phase of Knit for Climate Action -
On June 21 we gathered at Federal Parliament in Canberra to present scarves to our nation's leaders. June 21 is winter solstice and #ShowYourStripes Day where we showed our #CommonThreads as we meet with key Parliamentarians, asking them to #WearTheScarf and take action on climate change for our #CommonHome. Read more about our wonderful event in Canberra, meetings with MPs to gift our Knit for Climate Action scarves and calls for climate justice shared on #ShowYourStripes 2021.
Throughout July - October we will be meeting with MPs and Senators to gift them our scarves and engage them in a conversation around the need for a bold and credible national plan to tackle the climate crisis. If you have knitted a scarf we would love you to be there to share your stories and gift your scarf to our Federal Parliamentarians. Find out more.
Please get ready to join us on 21 October, our next key moment where together we will be calling for our Federal Parliamentarians to #WearTheScarf and take bold, ambitious and urgent action on climate change. This is a significant date as it is the last joint sitting day in Parliament before the United Nations climate conference in Glasgow, COP 26. This will be the most important climate conference since Paris in 2015 (COP 21) and we want to send a gracious message of support to our nation's leaders for Australia to attend in a spirit of leadership, ready to commit to bold, courageous and just action on climate change. We want to encourage our Federal Parliamentarians to step up and commit to ambitious emission reduction targets. We want to inspire leaders across the political spectrum to listen to and be led by those most impacted by our warming world, Aboriginal peoples, Torres Strait Islander peoples, and our neighbours - peoples of the Pacific Island nations. More information coming soon.
It’s not too late to contribute to the Knit for Climate Action efforts.
If you have finished knitting a scarf, half-finished one, or plan to knit one, keep going! We would love to reach as many leaders and people of influence as possible with our message of creation and climate justice! Find more information and register to take part below.
Mix your craft skills with your enthusiasm for climate justice.
Climate justice is an inescapable part of Christian discipleship for Australians today. We can all work together to create these beautiful, science-led works of art that will inspire our communities and leaders to take immediate and drastic actions to protect and restore God's beautiful creation in the midst of this climate crisis. You are invited to join in and knit with other Christians across Australia.
How it works
Register your interest by entering your email address below. You will receive an email with a link to download your Knitter's Handbook, which has all the information you need to get started.
It doesn't matter if you're an accomplished knitter or a recent beginner, you’ll be supported with resources to complete your scarf. Once completed, you will return your scarf to Common Grace and have the opportunity to share your experience and nominate a recipient.
We ask that you also consider who else in your community would be interested in knitting alongside you and invite them to join in too. We will also check in with you from time to time and will stay in touch when we move to collect and distribute the scarves.
If knitting’s not your thing, that’s okay!
You can support this initiative by sharing it on social media and encouraging any knitters you know to participate.
We want to get these scarves into the hands of our elected representatives and church leaders in 2021, so they are inspired to take action on the climate crisis. We need your help today to achieve this goal. Donate today to help demand urgent climate action.
$30 will help deliver a scarf
$76 will help raise the profile of this campaign in the media
$150 will help coordinate the national campaign
What is the pattern and what data does it follow?
The scarf pattern represents the average global temperature across 101 years as based on Professor Ed Hawkins’ #ShowYourStripes graph. Our project was inspired by the Cambridge Federation of Women’s Institute’s 100 Years Climate Scarf and uses Dr Mick Pope’s temperature data from 1919 to 2019. Each temperature is assigned a different colour using a spectrum from blue to red to show the progression from cool to warm, and a stripe is knitted to correspond to each year. If you'd like more information on 'What temperatures do the 16 colours actually represent?' you can find that here.
How do I learn more about Creation and Climate Justice?
Pursuing climate justice today means reclaiming our human vocation of humble care for one another and the creatures around us. You can read more about Creation and Climate Justice here and if you would like to read more about climate science, you can do that here.