Craft Activism?? Race Against Hunger Campaign.. fancy sewing a jigsaw piece??
I am so excited about this craftivist jigsaw project supporting Save The Children Race Against Hunger Campaign, creating small jigsaw pieces with provocative messages.
Years ago I took part in a big rally in London on the lead up to a G8 summit, calling for the government to Drop the Debt. Catching a bus from Norwich, one of many coaches which attended. I was struck by the wide variety of people who felt called to march. It felt exciting and positive to take part… to feel as though I was doing something concrete, expressing my voice, helping in a small way.
On the run up to the next G8 summit meeting Save the Children are campaigning for David Cameron to take the lead at the next G8 summit meeting, setting plans to tackle child hunger, for David Cameron to follow through on his promise to lead the way in the Race Against Hunger.
“Every year, 2.3 million children die because they don’t get enough of the right food. “
Despite dramatic improvements in preventable diseases hunger is the real cause behind a third of all child deaths,
Sign Save the Children’s campaign here.
Plus why not take part tin the Craftivist big jigsaw… sew a jigsaw piece. As part of the project I’ve joined hundreds of craft-lovers in the UK who care greatly about world hunger; we want to use our hobbies to make time to think about the issues in groups, or alone, whilst sewing, and do positive campaigning to encourage MPs to be the change they wish to see in the world.
This is my piece… but the ideas are endless, images of pieces already made can be seen at Flickr.
It may not have the same thrill of marching in the thousands but it is something practical I can do, and which has re-engaged me with campaigning:)
PS In a fit of optimism I have spoken to the headteacher of my daughter’s school – really hoping they are going to take the project up. Will let you know next week if they are taking me up on my offer of providing 60 fabric jigsaw pieces and fabric pens so the children can write their own messages 🙂