Make a Parachute for
Sunday, April 22!
To raise awareness of people living sustainable lives and affected by climate change, Mother Earth Project is encouraging individuals, schools, and communities around the world to create PARACHUTES FOR THE PLANET™
“We have arrived at the moment where we must choose whether our generation will be remembered for ruining the planet or the one that saved it.”
– Barton Rubenstein, MEP co-founder
Saving the environment is vital to our health, safety and future, and parachutes are a metaphor for this process. Parachutes are safety nets and when held by groups during demonstrations or collectively displayed in large numbers, they transform into powerful messages of strength, hope and communal determination.
In the 1990s, thousands of HIV/AIDS Quilts (blankets) were exhibited in Washington, DC, to bring attention to a disease that was previously not understood. The result of this exhibition was dramatic – people became more aware and governments began to fund research to find a cure. Using artwork and text displayed on parachutes, the Mother Earth Project hopes to accomplish similar goals for saving the environment.
How to Make Your Parachute:
Large and Small Images and Text
The exhibition will be seen from close and far distances. We suggest that you first create a large central image that represents you (for example a local landmark, animal, nature or sustainability theme). This image will be seen from far away as people walk to your parachute. Then, decorate the rest of your parachute with smaller artwork and comments about how you are living sustainably, how your local environment has been affected by climate change, and a message of hope. Permanent markers, latex house paint, acrylic paints, and spray paints are great choices for decorating your parachute. If you choose to add photos, we recommend that you have them printed on fabric and then sewn onto the parachute. All materials sewn on the parachute must be as thin as possible and completely foldable. Glue and tape is not recommended. Remember, the parachute will need to be rolled up and stored in a bag.
Display Your Name Along Edge
Please include text along the edge of the parachute indicating your name and location, using bold letters at least 10 cm (4 inches) high (for example, “BOYA ACADEMY, GUILIN, CHINA”).
Display Your Parachute Locally and Spread the Word:
Display your parachute in your local community to raise awareness about sustainability (for example your school, company, city government, neighborhood, or on your car). Also, please encourage two other schools/clubs to create a parachute, as spreading awareness is the central theme of this project!
Ship us Your Parachute by April 1, 2018
Send your parachute with your contact information to:
Mother Earth Project, PO Box 70922, Chevy Chase, Maryland 20813, USA
(Don’t worry, if you can’t ship it by this date, we will still use your parachute for future exhibitions.) Also, send us photos from your local event (email us here) and we will share them on social media. We will send you an email confirming that we received your parachute. Note: We will not be able to return your parachute, but will save it for future events.
Come to Earth Day, Sunday, April 22 in Washington, DC
We hope you will be able to come to Washington, DC, for Earth Day to see your parachute!! We really want you to come, stand next to your parachute and support the project!! More details including the exact location will be posted soon.
Sign Up Here and Contact us with Questions!
We Need Volunteers!
We are seeking volunteers to help reach out and contact schools, universities, environment clubs, and organizations in countries around the world. Volunteers will also be needed at Earth Day in Washington, DC (email us here).
Example of a Parachute
This example parachute includes a 1) LARGE IMAGE of the world 2) SMALLER IMAGES of people’s profiles and 3) COMMENTS from different people expressing how they lead sustainable lives and how their local environment has been affected by climate change.