A Participatory Pilgrimage to Glasgow for COP 26
With a welcome to those of all faiths or none
This August, faith groups in Norfolk will come together to begin a multifaith relay pilgrimage towards Glasgow, where world leaders plan to meet in November for the COP26 UN climate talks. Organised by Quakers and the Church of England in Norfolk, the pilgrimage route will run in sections between churches and Quaker meeting houses, allowing participants to join by walking, cycling or taking public transport for as many or as few sections as they would like to.
The pilgrimage organisers invite anyone of any faith group, or none, from any part of the country to join us or start their own pilgrimage to express their urgent concern that the climate talks at COP 26 produce realistic commitments by governments to the radical changes needed to save the planet from ecological disaster.
You can find out about other pilgrimages around the country at:
Young Christians https://www.yccn.uk/relay
XRUK Faith Bridge Camino https://caminotocop.com
Dunbar to Glasgow https://artandecology.earth/pilgrimage-for-cop26/
The basic idea of the pilgrimage is that it takes the form of relay from meeting house to meeting house or church to church. These will form waystations. A group of participants will start out out and travel towards the next way station in the direction of Glasgow. Some people will travel all the way from waystation to waystation some will travel part of the way and hand over to another group to continue the journey thus forming a relay. Return to the starting point after the handover will be by public transport if you are on foot. Each participant will carry a letter addressed to person of influence expressing their concern. The letter will be passed on at the relay points and posted at the destination waystation. If it’s not possible for you to take part in a relay, then you can help by writing letters, supporting those traveling, attending at a waystation or making posters etc. You can also also help by being present at the start or a terminal point of the pilgrimage to increase numbers and make the pilgrims feel supported. Large numbers are very valuable in getting good publicity. You might also consider have a day when you make posters or garments the pilgrims can wear (eg tabards) en route to explain what they are doing
The timing of the stages of the pilgrimage is optional, everything does not have to happen at the same time. This is also true of the relay hand over points. One group can finish at the relay point and the next group can carry on at a later date. The important thing is that there are lots of people showing their concern and sending a message about the overwhelming importance of a successful outcome of COP 26.