A group of climate activists are visiting Lichfield as part of a 500 mile walk ahead of a global conference on the issue.

The climate activists during an earlier leg of their walk

The multi-faith walkers will attend evensong and meet clergy at Lichfield Cathedral today (22nd September).

They will also give talk to local organisations as part of their stop in the city on route to the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow.

A spokesperson for the Camino to Cop26 walkers said:

“The pilgrimage aims to raise awareness of how crucial the COP26 summit is to preventing climate catastrophe.”

Camino to Cop26 spokesperson

They will leave Lichfield tomorrow for the 19th day of the walk as they head for Stafford and Newcastle-under-Lyme.

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  1. Maybe I’m missing something here, but how is a group of people walking through Lichfield “raising my awareness of how crucial the COP26 summit is to preventing climate catastrophe” ?.

    I’m baffled and prepared to be educated, but already know climate change is a biggie.

  2. The walkers have many, many conversations with people as they walk through communities. Whilst most people have some awareness of climate issues, not all are aware we are in a climate EMERGENCY and that time is running out to change. COP26 might be the last best occasion for the world to agree significant changes. We all need to add our urgent voices at this crucial time to make sure our leaders do agree the changes and timescale needed. Doing nothing isn’t an option for me.

  3. The climate crisis sometimes seems an abstract concept when you are struggling to put food on the table, so normal people speaking to communities they are going through seems like a great idea.

  4. In response to the previous commenter, not all of the people I have talk to in the communities through which we have walked are not fully aware of the urgency of the situation, and many more have not talked about the need for systemic change to address the crisis. The efforts of global leaders will be directly affected by what they believe their electorate thinks. Amongst other things we have conversations with individuals and groups about the importance of political action and about engaging with their politicians in these discussions.

  5. Why don’t you walk a few miles with them and you’ll find out. It’s a pilgrimage (camino ) – the clue is in the name.

  6. Noting PO’s comment above. I work for the Church of England in Lichfield Diocese and part of my role is about Christian response to the environment. I am really supportive of what the Camino to COP26 walkers are doing and have joined them as a day walker over the last two days walking into Lichfield this evening with them. It’s really good if PO is aware of the significance of the climate crisis. But I am aware many people are not. As we have walked I have also been aware of the way people on route have engaged with the walk and many good conversations have happened. The walkers are receiving a lot of support from people on the route and there is a real sense of people acknowledging the real commitment of those unlike me who are walking all or most of the way to Glasgow and it is clear many feel they are walking for them. There are also many who are aware of the issues but feel helpless and seeing others commitment helps them to feel they too can be part of the change we need. And of course it is really important our government and others at COP26 know this matters to those that elect them and real progress at the conference is something people care about

  7. It’s good that you’re on board, PO. We’ve met a lot of people who agree. I hope that the walk takes its message to the summit and gets the world leaders to realise they must commit to real action.

  8. I wish the walkers well and hope it raises even more awareness.
    Those idiots blocking the M25 are damaging their cause but this is a wonderful way of highlighting the issues and it seems to really engage people wherever they go.
    I’d like to think this could help stop the ruination of our lovely Staffordshire countryside due to the behemoth that is HS2…

  9. Thank you to everyone involved in this walk for taking positive action to bring the issue to the forefront of people’s minds. We need to get the country behind the changes that are going to be necessary if we are to tackle the climate change emergency. If voters get on board and demand change, the politicians will follow. Ordinary people can lead the way on this.

  10. We’ve already ensured future catastrophe due to climate change. Places where hundreds of millions of people (at best) live will become uninhabitable due to frequent flooding because instead of frequent moderate rain they get long periods of no rain then a day of very intense torrential rain, or disappearing under the sea, or the fresh water aquifer they depend on getting sucked dry, or becoming too hot, or the soil will no longer grow crops, etc. Here in the UK we will be relatively unaffected compared to a lot of places. Pritti Patel will ensure no one fleeing climate change devastation can get in and do her best to retrospectively enforce her rules to evict her parents and others to help lessen the burden on our resources. I hear George Eustice is currently drawing up a contract worth hundreds of billions of pounds for a mate of his who says they can ensure the Gulf Stream doesn’t permanently move, resulting in much harsher winters, using the blockchain.

  11. @James Frazer… I find the science a bit hard to follow. During WW2, and for decades after, the massive use of coal must have produced CO2 and pollution on a scale that exceeds the later conversion to gas. Winters were cold and snowy with frequent fogs.
    When exactly did global warming begin? What is the driving force. Cleaner air seems to have created higher temperatures. The weather has responded to this with more volatile effects. The process seems to be accelerating, but why? Many simplistic theories have been suggested and even more politicking that mitigates responsibility.
    This is not pedantic. To solve the problem we have to be sure of the cause. Posterity depends on us getting it right. Our species survives in a narrow temperature range. We are rapidly heading to the top end of that range. At the present rate 2050 might be too late for many parts of the world.

  12. So from reading the replies it’s political and all I can do is vote for the most aware politicians?. I already do what i think I can against climate change in my lifestyle but im sure I could do more, but maybe a Lichfield Live article saying things I could do with my lifestyle would have educated me better that walking in lichfield.

    I’m not being dim I dont think, but I sure think being told “vote for the most climate crisis aware polician / party and its very very urgent” could have been enhanced, maybe even saying which major party is currently the ‘best’ because I have no idea. Seems to me that both major parties have some good and some bad ideas regarding climate change but I dont wish to spend hours each day on the internet researching evey minor detail.

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