Do you have a passion for the environment? Do you want to raise awareness about climate change? If the answer is yes, then book onto our Walk for the Planet pilgrimage. Book to join the walk here.
On 13 to 18 August, everyone is invited to join a pilgrimage across the Diocese of Gloucester to connect with the Young Christian Climate Network’s national pilgrimage (YCCN).
The wider YCCN relay is walking from the June G7 summit in Cornwall to the COP26 summit in Glasgow this November, raising awareness and drawing attention to the lack of aid the Government currently provides to the climate crisis. It will also highlight how the poorest countries are being the worst affected by climate change, despite contributing very little to it. This injustice needs to be addressed. The pilgrimage across our diocese will help raise awareness of the issues locally.
Leading the walk will be Ella, who is a student at the University of Bath and passionate about caring for God’s creation and keeping active. She said, “I grew up going to church and saving God’s creation is important to me. A lot of people don’t seem that bothered about it in our churches. One church I went to recently used non-recyclable cups for the refreshments after the service which prompted me to start bringing my own cup along.
“The message that the walk is conveying is really important. Little changes can make a big difference and everyone can play a part, but structural and political changes need to occur if we’re going to make a difference before it’s too late.
“There will be prayers at the start of each day and churches will put on cake and closing worship at the end of each day, but if you don’t want to be part of that you don’t need to.”
Walkers of all ages are welcome to join Ella, including family groups, individuals and groups from communities and churches. Make sure you’re wearing sturdy shoes and are able to walk the distance each day you join us. The length of the route each day will be somewhere between 7-11 miles.
Ella said, “Each day will be achievable – it won’t be like an army boot camp or anything! We’ll go as slow as the slowest person, but we do want to make sure that people enjoy it, so we’re asking that people consider whether they can cover the distance before they set out.”
- Friday 13 August: Viney Hill to Westbury on Severn
- Saturday 14 August: Westbury on Severn to Gloucester
- Sunday 15 August: Rest day
- Monday 16 August: Gloucester Cathedral to Cheltenham
- Tuesday 17 August: Trinity Cheltenham to Tewkesbury
- Wednesday 18 August: Tewkesbury Abbey to Upton on Severn
At this point the walk will be handed over to Worcester Diocese to continue towards Birmingham.
More details of the exact route will be available shortly. You can book to be part of this pilgrimage now – Book to join the walk here.