- The 2015 People's Climate Pilgrimage to Paris
- 2014 Climate Walk to Tacloban, 2014
- Other walks
- Yeb Saño and Fast for the Climate
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 2015 People's Pilgrimage
Pilgrimage called for action on climate in 2015 ahead of the UN climate talks (COP21) in Paris. Every step counts
and we xalled 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 OurVoices and
other groups from around the world, and across faiths.
(ThinkGlobalGreen blogs from the Pilgrimage - link)
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.
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
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
embarking on a 40-day 1,000 kilometer journey to bring them to
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
|Philippine Walk for the Climate - 2014
.Some media coverage at end of walk
Climate envoy’s epic walk
ends in ground zero linkMarathon
walk to storm city spotlights Philippine climate risks linkClimate
Walkers Reach Typhoon's 'Ground Zero' link
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:
ride a bicycle from Vietnam to Paris?
most of 2015 Simon Nelson and
Nguyen Kim Ngan cycled through Asia and Europe to arrive in Paris
COP-21 talks where they met up with walkers from the pilgrimage from
Rome and walkers.cyclists from Europe. Read their amazing story at Bike4afuture.com
proposed walk is being planned for which will close in Katowice,
Poland ahead of the COP 24 UNFCCC talks scheduled for December
|Yeb Saño and Fast for the Climate|
Fast for the Climate.
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
change. The climate change challenge will make the world a better
place. Simply because it is our only option."
"The climate crisis is madness" - Naderev
Read more about Yeb Saño here