Our family is walking long-distance through communities in the Midwest, to bring awareness to the critical situation humanity faces on the planet, due to global warming. Average temperature on Earth is expected to rise to an unsafe level within the next ten years, extreme weather patterns are already beginning to appear around the world. According to the newest studies available, humanity has 5 years to curb our tremendous pollution of the atmosphere with excess carbon-dioxide, or we will set the conditions for a surreal, hellish climate for ourselves and our children by the year 2050.
The time-frame within which severe climate change will set in is much shorter than originally believed, and so too is our window for action to address this issue. The United States needs to be a leader in both rationing ourselves and the carbon-fuels industry, and in developing techniques to store carbon in secure deposits. There are many pieces of the solution to this problem already identified, but we need to have a real national focus on climate change, to do what must be done.
We are two writers and cultural revolutionaries, parents of four children, and eco-radical homesteaders. Our family has been concerned about climate change for many years, watching the first apparent unfoldings grow into more blatant imbalance of systems. We have thought about it and cared about it, and talked about it with others and read news about it. We have altered our life so that we will be living with the lightest footprint we can manage, and we’re definitely the “greenest” family in our town.
Last month, a profound article was published, 'Global Warming's Terrifying New Math,' by Bill McKibben, which has powered up our sense of urgency about climate change and the political and economic dynamics which are creating and perpetuating it.
Since reading this article, and as we have become compelled to study and understand the science of our dilemma, we have been pacing the floors of our home, wanting — needing — to do something! We have already been pushing the edges of our ability to reduce our own environmental impact: every week we do as many as twenty loads of laundry by hand with rainwater we collect from our roof, as an example. Yet clearly, it is not enough!
We are walking until we feel a sense of resolution. In the first stage of our walk, we will head south from our home in Northeast Missouri, traveling toward Texas. We are going mile after mile, to show that this is the crucial issue of our day, and can’t be put off. We have accepted that we need to walk right now; it is appropriate that we pace. And, we are taking the question of how to address this global problem on the road, and bringing the necessity of answering it to those we meet.
We will keep Pacing, but we will be sharing our process with the public, walking alongside roads and through neighborhoods, our small covered wagon painted with a simple banner to promote awareness for the urgent cause of Climate Change, and offering information to those interested individuals and groups we encounter in the form of conversations, presentations, speeches, or networking.
Because we have young children, we expect to be a slow-going party! We’re planning to take routes which feel safe enough that we can let the children walk beside us at times, yet which will also allow for a fair degree of exposure to by-standers. We welcome other Pacers, and would wish to be a support to other Pacing groups who might feel inspired, as we do, to expose their activated sense of urgent discontent in other localities!
If you can't walk with us, your financial sponsorship will help keep us moving. As we Pace, we budget that our project's expenses will average out to about $30 per day. Pacing the Planet requires that we set aside our means of income -- without your support, we will not be able to further extend our walk after the course of these first two months.
We are raising money here to afford the first two months of our walk, so that we may continue Pacing the Planet in the future. If this campaign exceeds its goal, the extra dollars will be used with reverence and responsibility by the project to further expand or promote our action for climate change awareness.
Your contributions will help fund many aspects of the project including presentations of the latest information on climate change to various audiences: families, schools, churches, and communities along our route.
We have been preparing and practice walking from and to our home in northeast Missouri, and we will officially begin Pacing the Planet on September 3, 2012!
You can follow us, read our articles, connect to the most recent scientific studies, and see our progress at http://www.pacingtheplanet.org