In our last blog post, we explained why we walk to experience Climate Change and changing Climates. While this alone is a daunting task and would be reason enough to do it, it is not the whole story. Today we will talk about how we get there, and what we will do while we walk.
We need a new narrative. A kind of narrative that involves new protagonists: You, me, us; here, there, everywhere. We need to uncover what facing a climate crisis looks and feels like, and capture the everyday struggles and tragedies, the small and big acts of people all around us. We need to shine light on these stories, and talk about them. We need these stories to give us perspective, direction, and understanding. Only then can we comprehend what it means, what it really means – not in some abstract scenario of a possible future, where the earth will have warmed 1,5°C – to live in a changing world right here, right now. Because change is happening, and it’s happening fast. I, for my part, would rather face the facts, unpleasant or not, than stumble forward blindly.
That is why we center our approach around the affected people and landscapes all across Europe, and why we want people to join us. Walking all this way allows us to experience the subtle changes of landscapes, climates, and ways of life. Walking with affected people, talking to them about their experiences gives us valuable perspectives. This way we will be able to see and feel for ourselves, and learn from each other what Climate Change entails, how the global shapes local problems, and how we could respond across all levels.
We know that there cannot be one definitive answer, one that is ultimately right. We know that the diversity of human experience calls for open deliberation. We want to integrate this by creating open spaces for the exchange of perspectives, experiences, and stories in the form of workshops, where locals can come together and work out what Climate Change entails in their region, what they could do to overcome its challenges. We are convinced that the first step towards meaningful Climate Action is understanding and knowing where we stand. That’s why we not only walk, but we talk and listen.
I know this is overly cliché, but we are all in this together. We have been and will be, that much is certain, and we certainly need to make something happen before everything happens to us. However, the rest of the story is made up of uncertainties: How should we face the impending change, how do we need to change? What can we do? Who can help and who needs help? We will face these questions together, face them across more than 12.000 km. Come face them with us. We want to know your story too. Because we need your help. Come on the Climate Walk with us, and experience it for yourself.
The Climate Walk is a combined research, education and media-art project by the Wanderers of Changing Worlds. It is about walking across Europe to understand regional experiences of Climate Change. It is about listening to local perspectives, learning from them and connecting these stories together to construct a holistic, people-centric understanding of these complex phenomena.
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