Pilgrimages to COP26

According to Nancy Frey, pilgrimages offer us ‘opportunities to live, at least temporarily, another reality, and to discover alternative ways of perceiving and acting in the world.’ Pilgrimages allow us to ‘choose to be changed’ but also to call for that change in the wider world.

Camino to COP26

People’s walk for the planet: a pilgrimage for climate justice.

This is a walk for everyone, although initiated by XRUK Faith Bridge. We will be walking from London to Glasgow, setting out on 6th September and arriving in Glasgow on 29th October. A group has now been set up to plan a second starting point in Bristol, joining the walkers coming from London in Birmingham. 

The purpose of the walk is to build alliances and engage communities along the route –  faith communities and other local communities – and to spread the word about the urgency of the need for meaningful action to address the global climate and ecological emergency. This is an opportunity for connection and outreach and is expressly not a physically disruptive or civilly disobedient action. Those involved are asked to sign up to this principle. 

Relay to COP26

Join the UK churches’ Relay to COP26.​

This November, world leaders are meeting in Glasgow for important climate negotiations. We believe it’s time to make decisions which protect people not bank balances, to decide that no country will go into debt tackling climate change. It’s a decade-defining opportunity to make a stand.

It’s time to rise to the moment.

Get to Glasgow

Stay local and travel the equivalent of the distance between your home and Glasgow in time for COP26.

The Chadwicks write:

Would you like to join us on our journey to COP26?
It is 353 miles from our home in Northamptonshire to the 2021 Climate Conference in Glasgow; we have set ourselves the challenge of walking, running, cycling or scooting that distance over 10 months, finishing just in time for world leaders to arrive in Scotland.

We’d love for others to join us! A shared pilgrimage gives us all the chance to reflect, listen and pray as we travel together, even though we might be apart. We are not a charity or organisation, we are very ordinary families who are learning together how to respond to the climate crisis. 

Some of our friends and family have already committed to joining us on the adventure – would you like to come too?



Author: Ruth Jarman | Date: 30 May, 2021 | Category: Action Climate Emergency | Comments: 2

Comments on "Pilgrimages to COP26"

Ruth Jarman:

July 12, 2021

Ah William that sounds amazing! Please do contact the pilgrimage coordinators - For the Relay that would be hello@yccn.uk and for the Camino, that would be caminotocop@gmail.com

William Shaw:

June 22, 2021

I'm a minister of two churches, one in Grangemouth and one in Bo'ness. Between them is Scotland's refinery. If you would like to make your route through the refinery (a public road passes through the middle of it), it's just a short diversion off the John Muir Way which I believe is the proposed route. My churches and others will offer hospitality along the way in good pilgrimage tradition.

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