Climate Walks

  

On September 2014, in New York City, organisers said some 310,000 people joined a march that was also attended by UN chief Ban Ki-moon. An estimated 600,000 people in all took part that day in more than 2,000 locations world-wide. link  Agence France-Presse reported some 15,000 people turned out in Lima in 2014 to walk for the environment during the COP-20 talks. link  Read below for other walks which lasted for many months as people around the world take steps towards grow awareness of climate threats.

         Below: 

  • 2018 – Climate walk from Italy to Katowice, Poland
  • 2015 People’s Climate Pilgrimage: Rome to  Paris
  • 2014 Climate Walk to Tacloban, 2014
  • Other walks
  • Yeb Saño and Fast for the Climate
2018 climate walk from Italy to Katowice, Poland

With the COP-24 talks beginning December 2018 in Katowice, Poland, walkers will begin a climate pilgrimage from Rome early October on a 60-day journey to Katowice. This will mark my third climate walk with Yeb Saño as efforts are made to reach people along the path on the crisis that is taking place because of global warming, and the worldwide threats from climate change. A walk is also planned from Bonn to Katowice – details as they become available.     

2015 People’s Pilgrimage

The People’s Pilgrimage left St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican in Rome on September 30 2015 and arrived in Assisi on October 4 for the Feast of St Francis where each year the feast commemorates the life of St Francis, who was born in the 12th century and is the Catholic Church’s patron saint of animals and the environment. The walkers reached northern Italy by November 5 after walking over 700 kilometers. After crossing the Alps, walkers continued via Geneva in Switzerland into southern France, later walking via Lyon, Taize and arriving in Paris after 59 days on November 28.  

The People’s Pilgrimage called for action on climate in 2015 ahead of the UN climate talks (COP21) in Paris. Every step counts and we called on world leaders to have the courage, imagination and generosity to work through difficulties and bring the world to a meaningful climate agreement which keeps global average temperatures below 2 degrees Celsius.
The pilgrimage was set up by GreenFaith.org and other groups from around the world, and across faiths.  

The People’s Pilgrimage
These pilgrims are part of a worldwide movement of people of faith and goodwill, who are taking their own journeys, big and small, to visit the places at the heart of the climate crisis at risk or ​affected ​already,​ or showing the way forward – places of hope and resistance.​

These pilgrimages are a chance to reflect on our future. Our journeys, our stories are also the key to this crisis. Every step we take, every story we share, lifts up the human face of climate change. Bringing hope to those without it, or showing the reality to those that doubt it.

Every step counts.  A better future is possible. The technology for a clean world is here now, and the solutions to the climate crisis will unlock a prosperous, safer, more just world.

ThinkGlobalGreen blogs from the Pilgrimage – link

Philippine Walk for the Climate – 2014

On October 2, 2014, the International Day of Non-Violence, Yeb Saño joined a group of environmental advocates, setting out from Kilometer Zero in Luneta Park, Manila, embarking on a 40-day 1,000 kilometer journey to bring them to Super Typhoon Haiyan’s Ground Zero in Tacloban City by November 8, the first anniversary of typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm ever to make landfall, causing as many as 15,000 deaths.

Some media coverage at the end of the walk.

Climate envoy’s epic walk ends in ground zero. link
Marathon walk to storm city spotlights Philippine climate risks link
Climate Walkers Reach Typhoon’s ‘Ground Zero’ link

ThinkGlobalGreen blog on Philippine walk – link

 Other walks

Great American Walk:  The organizers of 2014’s Great March were looking to inspire many of their fellow citizens to join them on a cross-country trek – for the entire stretch or even for just a single day – to raise awareness about human-caused climate change and the urgency to do something about it. The walk, set to begin in Los Angeles on March 1 and finish up in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 1, is the brainchild of 55-year-old Ed Fallon, who served 14 years in the Iowa State House of Representatives and knows well the impact a single march can have on the public’s consciousness.

“Marching in and of itself is not going to change anything. But the march represents the commitment that hundreds of people are willing to make to get the rest of the country thinking about, talking about the commitment we all need to make to move beyond this crisis.” – Ed Fallon. link

There were 399 marchers from 37 states and 7 countries. Here is a small selection of their biographies – link

 Bike for a Future:
why ride a bicycle from
 Vietnam to Paris? For most of 2015 Simon Nelson and Nguyen Kim Ngan cycled through Asia and Europe to arrive in Paris before the COP-21 talks where they met up with walkers from the pilgrimage from Rome and walkers and cyclists from Europe. Read Simon and Nguyen’s  amazing story at Bike4afuture.com

A 291-day cycle to Paris for climate changestory

Yeb Saño and Fast for the Climate

The Fasting for the Climate movement started at the UN climate negotiations in Warsaw in November 2013. Typhoon Haiyan had just devastated the Philippines and that country’s climate commissioner, Yeb Saño, who’s own family was caught up in the disaster, said he would not eat until the Warsaw conference delivered actions by countries to “stop the madness” of the climate crisis. Hundreds of others from around the world chose to fast with him in solidarity. Despite this, the Warsaw meeting saw countries, like Japan, actually winding back their climate commitments, seemingly in denial that all countries will need to commit and contribute to the comprehensive, global climate action plan which is due in Paris in 2015. link

April 2015: Earth Day announcement. Former Philippines climate envoy announces he is stepping down from the Philippine Climate Commission to work on sustainable future with faith groups   “Why I’m leaving diplomacy to fight climate changeThe climate change challenge will make the world a better place. Simply because it is our only option.”
“The climate crisis is madness”  – Naderev Yeb Saño.

Read more about Yeb Saño here