How to make your own DIY angel wings

Anyone can adopt Angel symbolism to make a visual demand for climate justice:

 

To make it easier for others to undertake their own Climate Guardian actions, Zoe and her friend have developed a prototype set of wings that are durable and light-weight and can easily be replicated at home using recycled materials.

Zoe Buckley Lennox has been involved in some amazing actions inG2OZowiecluding boarding Shell’s arctic oil drilling vessel on the high seas, occupying the platform for 6 days to highlight the insanity of Arctic oil earlier this year. We were really lucky to have Zoe join us as one of our angels at the G20 in Brisbane last year, and even luckier that she will be joining us in Paris for the COP21 international UN climate talks later this year!

Check out this great video on how you too can become a Climate Guardian Angel with your very own set of wings:

If you follow this DIY wing method, it’s worth knowing that we’ve created gorgeous DIY wings using reused white and cream fabrics with some light coloured sheer and/or lace. And have also found it easier to use white gaffa tape and/or winding strips of white or cream fabric to cover the square frame that holds the wings at the back. Making wings this way is entirely sew-less.

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And  if you have any tips for improving our evolving methods we’d love to hear them!

Anyone can become a Climate Guardian and set up their own chapter in their town or country.

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The costume is cheap to assemble. You need long white dresses from second hand stores. It can be effective to buy white curtain sheers cut off a band from one end for a waistband, double over what’s left and snip a head hole at the fold. Wrap it around your waist with the band.

 

Laurels are also cheap to make. Buy from any fabric store and twist into a wreath, wrap with thin white ribbon to secure. We bundle our hair up loosely and wear classical sandals.

Thanks to Zoe’s video, we are hoping in future that more people in other parts of the country and even the world, can start coordinating their very own angel actions as part of a mass mobilisation for climate justice! Angel wings can also be gratified, stenciled or chalked.GAF_Lapelpins5 StencilAngel symbolism can appear on any surface, or be worn by men or womenClimate Guardians Website Created

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Climate Guardian Angels to Descend on the Paris COP21 Talks

The announcement of Australia’s 26% emissions reduction target based on 2005 levels by the Federal government has incited the Climate Guardians to travel at their own expense to the Paris COP21 climate talks to express Australians’ widespread frustration at our government’s inaction on climate change on the world stage.

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The Climate Guardians plan to descend on the Paris COP21 climate talks in December to entreat international leaders to override the ineffective targets announced by former Prime Minister Abbott and upheld by current PM Malcolm Turnbull, which ignore key findings released by the Climate Institute showing the vast majority of Australians demand a transition to clean energy away from coal and want deeper cuts in carbon emissions.

Climate Guardian co-convener Dr Liz Conor said, ‘This woeful commitment to our share of the climate responsibility is an international embarrassment. It smears all Australians as climate shirkers. It is abjectly derelict in our duty of care to all people and life on earth’.

‘Given Australia is the world’s highest greenhouse gas emitter (on a per capita basis), it is unconscionable that our government continues to ignore the increasingly dire warnings by the world’s climate scientists while expanding Australia’s coal export industry.

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The Climate Guardians will be standing in defiance of the fossil fuel corporations whose lobbyists are distorting our democratic system in their rapacious quest to profit from a business model that is rapidly and irreversibly destroying the world’s natural assets.

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In Paris we will be delivering letters written especially by Australian Children imploring international climate leaders to secure their future in a safe and just climate by withstanding our Government’s attempts to scuttle the progress of the talks. Read our full statement.

Please contact us if you would like more information or are interested in participating in the letter writing campaign!

Wings of Desire – Help The Climate Guardians Stay Elevated

We have planned a special treat for everyone to come along and join us for our fundraiser! Wings of Desire – Help The Climate Guardians Stay Elevated is to help with a stack of expenses that have mounted up over the 2 years we’ve been working on the campaign – costumes (thermals!!), banners, printing, flares, etc, lots of little bits and pieces.

Join us on Friday, 3rd of July, 7pm, for a screening of Wim Wender’s ‘Wings of Desire’.
Tickets are $55 and includes food & film
Longplay Bar, 318 St George’s Road, North Fitzroy

The Climate Guardians had a big year last year, beginning with opening the Lorne Sculpture Biennale with the spectacular performance Coal Requiem

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Then later in the year the Climate Guardians (otherwise simply known as the ‘Angels’) made a big splash at last year’s G20 Summit, including being awarded the Most Aussie Moment in the Courier Mail, after negotiating with police to drop them off at the pub after a hard day’s protesting: G20 Brisbane: Our Top 10 Moments

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Another highlight of 2014 was being a part of the successful campaign to shut down the Anglesea coal plant and mine, which included a visitation of the site.

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More recently the Angels were out there raising awareness about the need for climate justice, this time supporting Climate Action Moreland and 350.org in a divestment action at a Commonwealth Bank branch in Melbourne’s CBD

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We also used this recent outing to meet and greet with members of the public – Our spectacular wings always get us plenty of attention!

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So if you want to help us keep flying high – including a planned visitation to Paris for the international COP21 climate talks in November; make sure you come to our fundraiser!

Anglesea Visitation

The Climate Guardians were invited by the lovely people of Anglesea to visit the horrible Anglesea Power Station today. A disgrace that this heavily polluting facility is located so close to a primary school and the homes of residents.

 

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Anglesea is the third worst polluting plant in Australia, so close to our pristine beaches, houses and schools.

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Climate Guardians were quite forlorn when visiting the ghastly Anglesea open cut coal mine today.

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While visiting Anglesea we were given a scenic tour of the beach accompanied by lovely local angels.

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In such idyllic surrounds it is hard to believe the grossly polluting and obsolete Alcoa Anglesea coal plant is continuing to operate!

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Thank-you Surf Coast Air Action for being such wonderful hosts, we hope we can visit your picturesque seaside village again soon!

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Climate Guardians: A Visual Account of Past Visitations

 

Stencilling Westpac

Stencilling Westpac

Stencilling the Commonwealth Bank

Stencilling the Commonwealth Bank

Stencilling NAB

Stencilling NAB

Stencilling ANZ

Stencilling ANZ

Jerry Hall wears a Climate Guardian Lapel

Jerry Hall wears a Climate Guardian Lapel

The Climate Guardians pay a visitation to the Headquarters of BHP Billiton and stencil next to  their logo

The Climate Guardians pay a visitation to the Headquarters of BHP Billiton and stencil next to their logo

Stencilling BHP

Stencilling BHP

Portending at Treasury

Portending at Treasury

Choir of Climate Guardians at Treasury

Choir of Climate Guardians at Treasury

Seeking a meeting with the Minister for Energy and Resources at the Shell Building

Seeking a meeting with the Minister for Energy and Resources at the Shell Building

Upsetting security at the Shell Building

Upsetting security at the Shell Building

Stencilling the electoral office of the Minister for Energy and Resources

Stencilling the electoral office of the Minister for Energy and Resources

Visitation to the electoral office of the Minister for Energy and Resources Nick Kotsiras

Visitation to the electoral office of the Minister for Energy and Resources Nick Kotsiras

Lock the Gate Angels

Lock the Gate Angels

Lakes Oil Visitation

Lakes Oil Visitation

Lakes Oil Office Stencil

Lakes Oil Office Stencil

Stencilling Lakes Oil office

Stencilling Lakes Oil office

Parliament House visitation

Parliament House visitation

Park Visitation - on our way back from an action

Park Visitation – on our way back from an action

Visiting Federal Minister for Resources, Martin Ferguson

Visiting Federal Minister for Resources, Martin Ferguson

Seeking relief from unprecedented Autumn heatwave

Seeking relief from unprecedented Autumn heatwave

Frolicking in a fountain during heatwave

Frolicking in a fountain during heatwave

Environment Victoria's Paid to Pollute campaign, MP Michael Danby's office

Environment Victoria’s Paid to Pollute campaign, MP Michael Danby’s office

Visitation to the offices of Kelvin Thompson MP

Visitation to the offices of Kelvin Thompson MP

Angels on Bikezilla. Sustainable Living Festival

Angels on Bikezilla. Sustainable Living Festival

Climate Guardians debut at ACMI

Climate Guardians debut at ACMI