Instructions to make your own Climate calendar

Supplies and tools:

  • 3 sheets of A4 regular paper (80-90 gr/m²)
    • 1 sheet of A3 thick cardstock paper (preferably 300 gr/m²)
      • Metallic wire (length ≈1 m)
        • Scissors / cutter
          • Hole puncher (diameter ≈5 mm)
            • Wire cutter
              • Cutting mat and ruler (optional)
                • Printer (optional)

                  How to build it:

                  1. Download the printable zip file.
                    1. Print (without scaling) the file named “calendar_cards_A4.pdf” on regular A4 paper and the one named “calendar_structure_A3.pdf” on thicker A3 cardstock paper. Alternatively, you can write the text and numbers yourself after cutting the sheets.
                      1. Cut the printed sheets, following the continuous cutting marks, to obtain:
                        6 cards (size 51x95 mm) numbered 1-6 for years (the ones with “YEARS” underneath);
                        4 cards numbered 0-3 for hundreds of days;
                        10 cards numbered 0-9 for tens;
                        10 cards numbered 0-9 for units (the ones with “DAYS” underneath);
                        1 cardstock page (size 210x376 mm) for the calendar base structure.
                        1. Punch holes in each sheet, according to round marks.
                          1. Fold the cardstock page following the dashed lines, to obtain a tent shaped structure.
                            1. Take the metallic wire and wrap it 20 times (equal to the number of holes) in a spiral around a cylinder with diameter ≈15 mm (a marker will do) to make the coil.
                              1. Cut the wire, take the coil off the cylinder and gently pull it to match the length of the calendar.
                                1. Position each block of cards in the correct order upon the structure, so that the holes match up. Starting from one end, twist the coil into the holes.
                                  1. When you reach the other end, cut the excess off so that the wire ends towards the edge of the calendar and slightly tuck the ends in so they don’t snag anything.

                                    How to use it:

                                    1. Reach and sync your Climate calendar with the current deadline.
                                      1. Display the Climate calendar in your house, school, office or shop. Show it to other people and use it as a conversation starter about climate crisis and the importance of acting in time.
                                        1. From now on, every day you have the duty to reduce the time left by one day by turning over the sheets of the calendar. Make this simple gesture a ritual, a catalyst for reflection and action.