On 5 September 2021, 40 walkers from across the country set off from St James’s Piccadilly on a 500-mile journey to the United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP26) in Glasgow.
An enthusiastic group of pilgrims and supporters wrote messages on ribbons which will be displayed in Glasgow. Our very own Patricia Higgins sang ‘Will ye go, lassie go’ with everyone joining in the chorus, and our Associate Rector John gave a multi-faith blessing.
The aim of walk is to share personal stories, to talk about climate justice and inspire others to add their voices to the growing global chorus demanding that governments treat the climate crisis as the emergency that it is.
The pilgrimage is also fundraising to empower activist groups in areas most impacted by climate change to join the conversation themselves.
Led by the Extinction Rebellion interfaith alliance, people from a variety of backgrounds, faiths and beliefs are taking part. The pilgrimage welcomes day walkers or walkers with their own accommodation to join them for as short or as long a distance as they wish.
Approximately 15 people are expected to walk the entire way over the course of eight weeks, arriving in Glasgow on the eve of COP, 30th October 2021.
Multi faith blessing by John
Gathering on Jermyn Street
Livestream from on the day