About the Walk
Greenbelt’s most politically active resident – you all agree, right? – is Lore Rosenthal, and right now she’s in training for the upcoming Walk for Our Grandchildren from Camp David to Harpers Ferry and then DC. The purpose is to raise awareness about climate change and demand that policymakers do SOMETHING about it. Lore and fellow walkers will be covering the 62 miles over five and a half days – from July 22 through 27.
The walk is for men and women of all ages, and they’ll be sleeping in campgrounds along the way (C&O canal). Walkers each bring a tent, which will be transported for them in a van, along with the walkers’ backpacks and duffel bags. The group will be walking 12 miles a day.
To get in shape for the walking and the heat, Lore tries to walk three miles a day (to and from Greenbelt Lake, then twice around the lake) at least four days a week. Though 12 miles will be covered each day, Lore hopes those miles will be split into four sessions, with food- and drink-imbibing breaks in between. There will also be vans picking up anyone who is too exhausted on any given day to complete the 12 miles. As Lore told me, “This is not a marathon or walk-a-thon or fundraiser . The goal is climate change, not a gold medal for athletics.”
- Give money.
- Join the walk as a “day walker.” Click here to learn more.
- Volunteer as a marshall, by driving/shuttling day walkers, by driving to deliver food and ice, as a general volunteer who helps with logistics, or by riding a bike with a trailer carrying equipment and supplies.
- Write a brief letter to President Obama about climate change (either praising him for his climate plan, criticizing him for not doing enough, or suggesting what he should do now to protect future generations). Email it to Lore (firstname.lastname@example.org) by July 20 and she’ll print it out and “put it in a pretty envelope.” Each walker is encouraged to bring 62 handwritten letters to the president (one for each of the 62 miles). As of earlier this week Lore had 34 handwritten letters.
- Join the rally in DC on Saturday, July 27. Click here to learn more.
In 1999, Lore got involved with the Voluntary Simplicity Movement that focuses on simplicity, sustainability, global warming, the effects of our environmental problems on our health, raising children in our consumer culture, and more. Since 2002 she has helped start over 285 discussion circles in 11 counties. She also helped found the Climate Change Initiative of Howard County.
But still more issues are on her radar for action here in Greenbelt: the inequality of services to residents living in Greenbelt-West; sign language-accessible services through GHI, City of Greenbelt, Greenbelt Arts Center, Utopia Film Festival, etc; and marriage equality.
I hope you’re all inspired and energized by reading about Lore’s good works for a better world. Honestly, on this hot and muggy day I’m feeling less than energetic myself, but I hope to join her in the good fight soon. When it cools down a bit.
Climate change rally on a very cold day.