Converging Climate Walk Across Britain In 2019
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.
Our vision is that by 2019 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.
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.
“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…”