Blog: Parachutes for the Planet – Touching the Heart through Art

Blog: Parachutes for the Planet – Touching the Heart through Art

Blog: Parachutes for the Planet – Touching the Heart through Art

The climate crisis can be so overwhelming, and solutions are often technical and policy-heavy. I sometimes feel my heart has to close a bit just to keep engaging on this issue.

Laura and Kallan at the CCL Conference in Washington DC in June 2018

So when I first heard about the Parachutes for the Planet initiative – spearheaded by 14-year old Kallan Benson to raise awareness of climate change – it touched a chord in me. And when I saw Parachutes displayed at CCL’s International Conference in Washington DC, my eyes welled up with tears.

Each Parachute is a unique creation, expressing the makers’ local concerns.  A group display is very powerful, transforming the Parachutes into powerful messages of strength, hope, and communal determination.

At the Parachutes for the Planet display in Washington DC on June 11, 2018, Rachel Kyte, Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy for All, and Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, took pictures of the parachutes from the Marshall Islands and tweeted the photos to the President Heine of the Marshall Islands:

Rachel Kyte tweeting images of the Marshall Islands Parachutes to the President of the Marshall Islands

look here in DC from Marshall Islands thanks to – getting ready for the US Senate tomorrow and

I’m excited to help facilitate a Canadian display of Parachutes in Ottawa in front of Parliament on October 15 at our National Conference and Lobbying Days. At the same time, a sister display will be happening in Washington, DC.

While this project was started by youth, the project is for everyone. All you need to get started is a bedsheet cut into a circle, some basic art supplies, and space to get creative and have some fun with others concerned about the climate.

Please consider making a Parachute and/or engaging your local community to make Parachutes. We are receiving positive responses from schools, art galleries, and summer camps to participate in this project. The more we have, the greater the impact! And your Member of Parliament will be excited to see your community represented in the national display. Let’s see how many constituencies we can represent.

The power of art cannot be overstated, as it has the ability to open people’s hearts.

For instructions on how to start your Parachute for the Planet please go here:

Canadians, for more information on the project please contact Laura at

Canadians, please send your parachutes by October 1 to:
Citizens’ Climate Lobby Canada
435 Notre Dame Ave, Lower Level
Sudbury ON, P3C 5K6

Or bring to CCL Canada’s National Conference and Lobbying Days.

**Please register your parachute here, and include a brief story about your parachute (25-300 words)**

For USA contact info and mailing address, go to this link.

CLICK HERE for a one-page description you can share.

Blog by Laura Sacks, founder and co-leader of the Nelson – West Kootenay (British Columbia) Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby