Blue Sky Festival Mundaring

Transition Town Guildford held a stall at the Blue Sky Festival in Mundaring inviting festival goers to decorate a climate flag.

The flags have since been flown at Transition Town Guildford events.

Reactivate night – Castlemaine Fringe Festival

After a quiet COVID-ish 2020 we got to dust off the Climate Flags for the Castlemaine Fringe Festival.  They fit so perfectly under the rafters of the gorgeous Hub building and it was moving to see a bunch of Flags flying together.
There’s always rich conversations to be had during these Flag workshops, and this one was no different.
Big thanks to the Hub foundation, Castlemaine Fringe and all the wonderful folk that stopped by for a chat or some Climate Flag making.

Upcoming workshops

If you’d like to make some Climate Flags, or find out how to organise a flag-making session in your community, come along to one of our upcoming workshops. They’re free!

Cohoots Coworking. Corner of Forest and Barker st, Castlemaine. Saturday March 2nd, 2-4pm.

International Womens Day Open Mike at the Botanical Gardens tearooms, Castlemaine. Friday March 8th, 11am-2pm.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Flags Fly at Darebin Kite Festival

The Climate Flags stall at the Darebin Kite Festival was a big success. Around 90 flags were decorated by visitors to the festival last Sunday in Reservoir, Victoria. The decorating event gave many people from varied backgrounds the opportunity to engage with the issue of climate change, with Climate Flag organisers on-hand to support people and answer questions. It was so great to see the project in action in this way.

“A neighbourhood-scale parent activist group called “Newlands Parents for Climate Action” were behind the flag event. They brought energy and enthusiasm to their various roles as flag sewers, stall assisters, equipment lenders, climate communicators and change makers!

The Climate Flag project is ever-evolving, with each community group making the project their own. The Newlands group are keen to refine how they run flag decorating events, to create more space for reflection and conversation in the process, because this is at the heart of the Climate Flag vision. They are also in discussion about where to fly the flags, so their local community get a chance to see all these beautiful and thought provoking messages.

Group organiser, Nina Roberts says ‘an evening sewing bee with wine will be just the place for a chat, while we attach the 90 flags to strings!’ As always, the Climate Flag project works on many levels: from engaging the broader community with the issue of climate change, to community building within smaller groups of friends and neighbours.

People who come together to organise Climate Flags events for their local area, invariably comment that flag sewing sessions are an enjoyable and supportive way to connect with others about the painful issue of climate change, and to transform fear into creative action.

Some of the members of the Newlands Parents for Climate Action group, who supported the Climate Flags stall at the Darebin Kite Festival.



The Castlemaine community turned out in force yesterday to launch the Climate Flags project. The event was everything we hoped for: vibrant, celebratory and a great community event, while allowing for sober reflection about climate change and our need to come out of paralysis and into action.

Climate Flags Launch Castlemaine
Launch of Climate Flags Project Castlemaine (photo by Ecologica)

Coming together en masse to sit and draw, talk and to write messages, felt a such positive and supportive way to build community and gather our collective energy towards action on climate change.

Climate Flags Launch Castlemaine
Launch of Climate Flags Project Castlemaine (photo by Ecologica)

The welcome table was a constant buzz throughout the launch, with a flow of people collecting flags, adding their names and postcodes to the record of flag makers and sewers adding newly made flags to strings.

People were moved to tears during speeches and many commented afterwards that they felt inspired to come out of their own personal inertia around climate change. Speakers included the Castlemaine Mayor (Browen Machin), three founders of the Student Strike 4 Climate (Milou, Harriet and Tully) and Climate Flags founder (Cassia Read). Kerry Calcraft, part of the core Climate Flags organising team, was MC.

Local musicians contributed to the creative and festive atmosphere and balanced the emotion in the room. Musicians included: Dezebells (playing Zimbabwean Mbira), year 8 Students Amy, Tilly, Ava and Lucy playing their own compositions, and singer songwriter Hilary Blackshaw. After the speeches, the Ukeladies led the crowd in singing ‘This Whole World.”

Flag making continued throughout the event with kids and adults embracing the opportunity to express themselves. Flags made were moving and stunning in their direct statements and creativity.

Climate Flag organisers will get busy this week sewing the new flags onto strings to fly over the coming weeks around Castlemaine and at the coming Climate Strike on the 15th March.

Climate Flags Launch Castlemaine
Launch of Climate Flags Project Castlemaine

All photos on this page were taken by Ecologica.


We will be officially launching the Climate Flags project on Saturday 23rd February 2019 in the Castlemaine Library foyer. There will be music, finger food, brief speeches and flags for the making. Come along and add your voice to the chorus.

11am – 1pm

Castlemaine Library – 212 Barker st, Castlemaine, VIC, Australia.

first string

The first string

Textile artists, clothes designers, home sewers, wordsmiths and artists gathered at a Castlemaine home last weekend to nut-out the simplest way to produce strings of Climate Flags.

Conversations drifted between the practicalities of making flags to expressing feelings about climate change. The strength of support for each other and the desire for community action was palpable. Climate Flags opened a door for us to step out of inertia and into action.

Raising climate flags

A long-brew idea became reality today. Climate flags were hoisted up from our minds and hearts and into the light and air.

Each flag is an opportunity to express hope for the earth and an appeal for action to ensure a safe climate in the future. Their joyful appearance belies a profound awareness of an earth in peril.

Today a group of friends gathered at my home to explore what the flags might be. Together we are learning what text, fabric, colour and binding will provide the avenue for beautiful and heartfelt messages of hope, strength, protest and care for the earth and future generations.

The act of making these flags is a festive way to build community and to take action on the difficult and painful issue of climate change.

The Euraka flag was a symbol of democracy and protest.

Prayer flags promote strength, compassion, peace and wisdom.

Our climate flags are born from both these elements: protest flag and prayer flag. They are also a genuine prayer to our leaders and voters for action on climate change.

There will be one flag for one voice, with all voices joined in an ever-growing network.

We will roll these flags out and hoist them at celebrations, festivals, climate actions and on our great day of democracy – election day.