~ EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES / MATERIALS (below) or (click here) to download pdf
~ CLIMATE CHANGE ISSUES URLs (below) or (click here) to download pdf
GLUE + PRINTER-INK RULE: The type of GLUE YOU USE (to attach color photos to your Cap), must have the “opposite” base of the INK YOUR PRINTER USES. INKJET PRINTERS use water-based dyes, so you can NOT use water-based GLUE like Elmer’s. You must use RUBBER CEMENT with INKJET prints. [see Video] YOU CAN ONLY USE Elmer’s Glue (water-based) with LASER PRINTS.
WASH-HANDS FREQUENTLY TO KEEP CAP SMUDGE-FREE because the moisture of your fingers will “pick-up” the ink and transfer it to the next place you touch on your Cap! [Takes about 24-hrs. to thoroughly dry.]
~ low-temperature glue gun & low-temp glue sticks. They are often small, inexpensive, and important to NOT use “high-temp” variety for kid-safety! Drying almost instantly is necessary for constructing the Cap’s “shield” area for your climate slogan, and/or other foamcore constructions.
~ color printer [either Inkjet or Laser]; Must follow the GLUE + PRINTER-INK RULE above.
~ scissors; normal [NOT “kids blunt” scissors] to use on paper and fabric.
~ pencil & pencil-sharpener
~ water & cup [for washing brushes], and gentle/white soap-bar like Ivory. [Google “how to wash artist acrylic paint brushes”]
~ [OPTIONAL] DYMO Label Maker [I use “Organizer X-Press” model] & roll of its tape. [I like the embossed texture it adds to the cap’s surface… But it’s OPTIONAL.
OR, YOU CAN JUST print-out your TEXT lines on a printer, cut-out, and then (if desired) “raise” them on the cap’s surface by gluing to strips of foamcore /or cardboard].
~ [OPTIONAL] X-Acto knife + pkg. of blades [***NOT*** for young children; parents could cut & “score” the foamcore]
~ [OPTIONAL] metal ruler, 12-15″ length (or, wooden ruler with metal inset strip along length). [Must use with X-Acto Knife]
~ [OPTIONAL] an Alvin “cutting mat” [you may already have a thin, polypropylene plastic “kitchen cutting board” that’s not being used]; it’s needed for cutting foamcore, etc.
~ [OPTIONAL] a “kneaded eraser” [or *colorless* eraser]
~ Baseball cap [used or new] If NOT white, paint it with white Gesso first-coat, then CADMIUM RED background color. [Make sure to watch my “How-To Video” for trick on the cap not shrinking after paint dries!]
* PAINTS: Acrylic paints & medium [to add the color to]; matte = less shine re: docu-photos]; CADMIUM RED color [at least 1-oz.size tube]; other colors can be smaller tubes.
* BRUSHES: a small pkg. of different sized *synthetic* bristle brushes [NOT natural bristles], and…
+ 1 (one) 2-inch wide brush to paint cap’s background Cadmium Red (emergency) color.
~ roll of plastic [to cover the large Family work table]
~ roll of 1″-wide masking tape [attach plastic to table]
~ normal COPY PAPER, [or for brighter print colors] buy paper specific to YOUR PRINTER INK. Find a large enough size image for what you need on your Cap. [Google can tell you how]
* [OPTIONAL] Foamcore Board, White Surface with White Core, 8×10 sheet(s), 3/16″ thick; can buy individually or order as a pack-of-10. [Can use Poster Board… but it’s not a “sturdy”.
* [OPTIONAL] Sculpey [or other] polymer clay that oven-bakes or one that air-dries to harden [for fabricating miniatures to exact scale you need]
* [OPTIONAL] Jovi Pat Mache, Ready-To-Use, Air-Hardening Papier Mache; 1.5 pound or less.
~ [OPTIONAL] Pkg. of miniature, plastic animals, and flocked trees [expensive, but might be desired]
~ [OPTIONAL] BALSA WOOD sheets, 1/8″; [if a real-wood “look” is required for a structure]; can cut w/X-Acto Knife.
~ [OPTIONAL] Pipe Cleaners; use as armatures for fabricating miniature animals not available online.
~ [OPTIONAL] white Poster Board [one, medium-sized sheet or smaller]; if you want to use for “shield” instead of foamcore. [it may get damaged very quickly]
~ [OPTIONAL] KRYLON’s UV-Resistant, Clear Spray Acrylic Coating [prevents outdoor color-fading & yellowing, moisture resistant, fast-drying. [Go online to read about the spraying technique to use.]
~ [OPTIONAL] fabrics & buttons from old clothes, etc. [can be used to cover a poster board shape to add texture, pattern, and color to surface; can use Elmers’ Glue]
~ [OPTIONAL] large cardboard sheet from a box [use instead of buying a “cutting mat” to protect surface below it]
~ [OPTIONAL] foam food container [can cut with kitchen scissors & can bend to perhaps use as a “shield” material]
~ [OPTIONAL] small wooden tongue depressor sticks [from ice cream sticks]
~ [OPTIONAL] plastic egg-cartons [use to mix small amounts of acrylic paint colors; or it’s small shapes could become miniature mountains or houses?]
~ 10 COMMON MYTHS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE [CBS News]
~ HOW DO WHALES FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE?
Learn how whale poop is a free and perhaps the MOST EFFECTIVE [natural] way of reducing global warming. https://reasonstobecheerful.world/whale-poop-climate-change/
~ WHAT’S THE ECONOMIC COST OF CLIMATE CHANGE?
Climate change effects everything from human health, global food & supply chains, and climate disaster relief. Can we afford it? https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/22/climate/climate-change-economy.html
~ HOW CAN A MELTING ICE CAP CAUSE CHANGES IN THE GULF OF MAINE?
Something few of us ever see is at work! https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2798/watery-heatwave-cooks-the-gulf-of-maine/
~ OCEAN PLASTICS: NO LONGER LOST AT SEA
Ocean plastics threaten human , birds, and marine life. Learn about the ingenuity of companies recycling ocean plastics into shoes (Adidas), products to wear (Patagonia), and for other uses? https://www.plasticmakers.org/news/no-longer-lost-at-sea/
~ HYDROGEN FUEL CELL CARS: PRACTICAL? [two responses]
Checkout California’s space-age looking Hyperion XP-1 hydrogen supercar [with a solar-cell roof/etc] that gets 1,000 miles+ on a tank of H2… but where to find it?
~ EDIBLE FORESTS IN THE OCEAN?
Seaweeds can be foraged right from shoreline as nutricious food sources that US Westcoast has embraced as new industry. https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/01/15/508362517/bountiful-beach-buffet-fresh-seaweed-is-making-waves-among-foragers
~ PRODUCTS (EVEN FOOD!) ARE BEING MADE FROM CAPTURED ATMOSPHERIC CO2
Solar Foods near Helsinki produces protein powder from microbes sourced from soils and marine ecosystems in the Finnish wilderness. https://reasonstobecheerful.world/this-food-was-made-from-carbon-dioxide/
~ CAN SEAWEED SAVE SHELLFISH FROM CLIMATE CHANGE?
~ OFFSHORE WIND FARM ACCEPTANCE IN THE US?
Orders for the global offshore wind industry increased dramatically in 2020, totalling $35 billion, up 319% on 2019, making it the fastest-growing industry in the world. https://climatenewsnetwork.net/global-offshore-wind-industry-takes-huge-strides/
~ THE SCIENCE OF CLIMATE CHANGE
“Climate Change Education: Essential Information for Educators” from the National Education Association. https://www.nea.org/professional-excellence/student-engagement/tools-tips/climate-change-education-essential
~ EXTREME RAINFALL/FIRES/DROUGHTS AT SAME TIME?
Knowing the science behind these interconnections can help communities plan. https://insideclimatenews.org/news/25082021/floods-germany-climate-change-attribution-study/
~ KIDS RESTORE CRITICAL UNDERWATER FORESTS
An inspiring video about how kids are doing the crucial work of “citizen science” on an Australian beach. https://vimeo.com/375820945
Project website: https://www.operationcrayweed.com/intro
~ SUSTAINABILITY: WHAT DOES IT REALLY MEAN?
A sustainable society is “one that can persist over generations; one that is far-seeing enough, flexible enough, and wise enough not to undermine either its physical or its social systems of support.” https://naaee.org/eepro/blog/intergenerational-education
~ FARMING: A CAUSE OF & IMPACTED BY CLIMATE CHANGE
Current agriculture & livestock practices must change. There are many solutions to this. https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/08/08/748416223/to-slow-global-warming-u-n-warns-agriculture-must-change
~ IS PLANTING TREES AN EFFECTIVE CLIMATE MITIGATION STRATEGY
I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING WHAT YOUR INTERESTS & INTERNET SLEUTHING WILL REVEAL!