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Cop26: Climate activists to walk from Kentish Town to Glasgow

'We have to have conversations with as many people on the way'

08 October, 2021 — By Dan Carrier

The start of Walk2Cop26’s trek

THE first steps on a 506-mile walk to Glasgow where taken yesterday morning (Thursday) by a group of climate emergency activists.

The six walkers are heading to the COP26 conference, hosted by the Scottish city in November, where world leaders are meeting to discuss ways to tackle the climate emergency.

The group, called Walk2Cop26, set off on a three week voyage from Number 19 – a Kentish Town based community hub managed by Camden Council and home to the climate justice body Think And Do.

Organiser Sam Baker told the New Journal: “We have a global emergency and we have to act now – both individually and collectively. We want to send a clear message to those at COP26 of the gravity of what we face, and we want to engage with people and hear about their stories as we travel to Glasgow.”

Think and Do with Frank Chalmers on guitar

Mr Baker, whose background is in business services, said his work had made him realise how highlighting the peril the world is facing was so important.

He said: “I have seen how many of us have our heads down, working hard and maybe feel this isn’t something they can do much about. But we all need to look at what we are contributing to, it is not someone else’s problem. We need to come together to solve it.”

Think and Do run a community fridge and larder – an area at the centre stocked up with food that any one can turn up and take meals and ingredients from anonymously. The fridge provided the walkers with carrots and apples for their first leg.

The trip will see the group pass through 10 counties on route, covering around 20 miles a day– and they plan to meet up with other activists, host events and record 500 conversations they have on route with people they meet.

Walker Nicole Griffiths said: “I’m looking forward to seeing the Yorkshire Dales and talking about COP26 there. We have to have conversations with as many people on the way, and hear about people’s lived experiences and what they feel about the crisis we face.”

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