Do you have a #GreenHeart? Earth Day 2020

How to make a felt heart

Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. We’ll be displaying green hearts in our windows next to our key worker rainbows to show that we want a cleaner, greener future. You can join in with a simple heart cut out of green paper, or get more creative. We’ll be sharing some ideas for crafts in this blog, as well as other resources for families to get involved in campaigning from home this week.

30 minute+ activity, suitable for ages 10 and up

You will need:

  • Green felt
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Ribbon
  • Beads, buttons, sequins or other decorative materials

Step 1

Use your felt to cut out a small green heart.

Step 2

Using a needle and thread, attach something exciting to the bottom of your heart. We used part of an old broken necklace. You could use a chunky bead or button.

Step 3

Cut a second, larger heart out of felt. We used a different shade of green for interest. The more hearts you cut out, the longer your decoration will be.

Step 4

Use your needle and thread to attach a loop of ribbon to the large heart.

Step 5

Decorate your hearts. We added little green beads to make a sparkly boarder for the larger heart and two chunky beads onto the smaller heart. If you’re not confident with a needle, you could stick on sequins with any craft glue.

Step 6

Sew your hearts together, leaving a long piece of thread between so that they dangle when you hang them in your window.

Don’t forget to add the #HopefulHeart and #EarthDay2020 hashtags and upload a photo of your artwork to twitter. Tag us in @PrestonAction.

Show off your #GreenHeart for Earth Day 2020

How to make a stained glass heart

Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. We’ll be displaying green hearts in our windows next to our key worker rainbows to show that we want a cleaner, greener future. You can join in with a simple heart cut out of green paper, or get more creative. We’ll be sharing some ideas for crafts in this blog, as well as other resources for families to get involved in campaigning from home this week.

30 minute+ activity, suitable for anyone able to safely wield scissors

You will need:

  • Card
  • Pencil
  • Green tissue or crepe paper in several shades
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Glue stick or other craft glue

Step 1

Fold your card in half and cut a half-heart shape.

Step 2

Open out your heart shape and draw a smaller heart a few centimetres inside it.

Step 3

Create your design. Draw sets of parallel lines at random inside the heart.

Top Tip: use a pencil so that you can rub out and make changes as you go, or download our template.

Step 4

Use sharp scissors or a craft knife to cut out your design.

Step 5

Cut sections of tissue paper to fit inside each of the holes you have created and glue them down.

Turn your heart over and admire your handiwork!

Let the light shine through your finished heart.

Don’t forget to add the #HopefulHeart and #EarthDay2020 hashtags and upload a photo of your artwork to twitter. Tag us in @PrestonAction.

Calling All Prestonians

Be the Change

Be the change you want to see in the world.

— Gandhi.

Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish school girl, has inspired millions across the world to protest against climate change. But she argues that it shouldn’t be her striking from school, it should be the adults taking action; the world leaders making drastic changes to their policies and practices .

As a mother of young children, I worry that in a few years time her words could be echoed by my children as they become aware of the extent of the climate crisis and challenge me about my own actions. I don’t want to be part of the problem; I want to be part of the solution. I want to protect my children’s futures. So many of the daily choices I make will either tackle climate change or contribute to it. Suddenly the choice to take a stand against climate change and work to protect my planet seems a far more important parental decision than which is right primary school or when to go back to work.

Climate change is already affecting people across the world. People are already dying as a result of the amount of carbon dioxide we release into the atmosphere. I’m no expert in the science, but there are plenty of people who are experts and they are imploring us to take urgent action on a really big scale to address the problem. As an individual, it can feel as though my actions won’t even begin to make a difference in the face of such an extreme situation. But everything I do makes a difference for better or for worse. And the more I talk about my actions, the more other people will be encouraged to make changes of their own, or to share their own Eco Warrior success stories. Individuals quickly become communities who become nations. Eventually, the world is going to have to work together to fight for our survival and the sooner individuals catch on to this, the better.

I’m just one person, but Climate Action Preston is my way of reaching out to others who want to make a positive difference. Soon we’ll be a community fighting for tomorrow.

Will you join me?