Converging Climate Walk Across Britain In 2016
Britain started the Industrial Revolution
and now it must lead the world towards the Zero-Carbon Revolution
The impact of the Industrial Revolution on humans and the natural world is now being acutely felt. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s recent report is one of many scientific assessments, including one from the World Bank on climate instability.
It is time for Britain to lead a Zero-Carbon Revolution, which is now essential for world stability.
Since Britain was the world’s driving force in the technological and societal changes that brought about the global Industrial Revolution, it can be easily argued that there is an ethical duty for Britain to be the leading inspiration to stop rapid climate change.
The September 2014 People’s Climate March has shown us that many governments, companies, faith groups and people in general are keen to enact a renewable energy commitment, as well as initiate actions for the entire Earth Community.
Our vision is that by 2016 extensive partnerships will be in place for groups of people to set out from all corners of Britain on a walk to demonstrate their commitment to a zero-carbon economy/culture. Travelling in relays and converging from all directions, the groups will initiate a Great Circle of Britain to firmly establish an unshakeable resolve to transition rapidly away from the fossil-fuel economy/culture in Britain and embrace climate-/eco-friendly solutions.
We envisage that the event will draw support from a wide variety of groups and individuals of all ages, including Transition Towns, businesses, schools and colleges, faith groups, walking groups, writers, musicians, dancers, poets, storytellers, painters, sculptors, actors, industrialists, economists, scientists, agriculturists, zero-carbon transportation supporters, renewable energy enthusiasts, naturalists, historians, health professionals, advocates for social and climate justice, social media networkers, and representatives of political parties from parish council to national government.
Some groups might follow long-distance footpaths or cycle. Some might acknowledge key places, events and people that shaped the Industrial Revolution, such as James Watt’s birthplace in Greenock, or Ironbridge Gorge in Shropshire, but also pay homage to those places and voices along the way that celebrate the low-to-zero-carbon pathway for our world. On each leg of the journey there will be possibilities to create a range of bold climate-change responses to fit each local area’s values and aspirations.
Grassroots efforts including everyone are essential.
A symbolic green torch of flowers carried by the participants in each section of the walk will be handed over to the next group. Each section of the walk will close with a gathering including a Dance of Unity celebrating the Earth Community, with the next group joining in to begin their part of the walk the following day. The impetus can then be carried on in that community, with plans to implement local solutions to mitigate climate change. Tree saplings can be planted at the end of each local walk, or participants can initiate any other local concrete action as a tangible sign of commitment. People wishing to walk beyond their own geographical area to the Great Circle will intensify and expand the conversation and ultimately the regional solutions.
This is an invitation to the people of Britain to take part in the simple act of walking the land in order to show our love, care and concern for the Earth and for all who share the Earth with us.
Next summer let our walk bring excitement and enthusiasm together with the inspiration and aspiration to envision a different future – a truly life-sustaining society where we redefine what it means to be a strong, prosperous and civilised nation.
“Where the voice that is in us makes a true response,
Where the voice that is great within us rises up…”
“No man is an island entire of itself;every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
is the less,as well as if a promontory were, as
well as any manner of thy friends or of thine
own were; any man’s death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind…”