The coronavirus shelter in place didn’t stop these women from celebrating Earth Day with the community! Mothers Out Front South Bay (Silicon Valley) team leader Susan Butler-Graham, assisted by Stephanie Morris, designed and presented a fun and interactive make-and-take workshop on making Earth Day prayer flags and face masks.
The online Zoom event was attended by over a dozen parents and youth, who gathered common household materials and followed Susan’s step-by-step instructions, creating ready-to-hang prayer flag strings to display in their front yards or front doors. The idea is to rally support for climate activism and our Mothers Out Front campaigns during this time of social distancing, using our own public spaces.
These prayer flag installations are meant to be interactive as well, inviting neighbors and friends to add their ideas and Earth Day commitments to the prayer flags in person (with hand sanitizer and social distancing) or via the phone or internet.
Earth Day prayer flags hanging in a front yard, encouraging neighbors to take climate action
Stephanie and Susan then gave an easy introduction to making face masks to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Several mask patterns were shared and demonstrated, including a no-sew type and a pleated mask with elastic. These handmade masks are intended for personal use and to give to friends. They also shared a list of organizations accepting handsewn mask donations for those in need.
A slide showing Stephanie’s handsewn mask instructions
Suggested prayer flag messages