FINALE PLANS

I’m almost done! I’m so excited to be rolling through Northern Virginia and headed to the U.S. Capitol on Sunday. Come out and meet me; locations and times below.

SATURDAY, 12/8, 4pm: I’ll be arriving at the Vienna Caboose (and the mural!) at 4pm. Family and friends are flying in to meet and celebrate.

SUNDAY, 12/9, 8am: Accompanied by a few family members, I’ll be leaving the Caboose in Vienna for a 16.6-mile final leg to the U.S. Capitol. (Contact me at 720-893-0420 or DenverToDC2018@gmail.com if you want to join us, because we might be leaving earlier.)

SUNDAY, approximately 1:30-3pm: We’ll be passing the Arlington Cemetery and then Smithsonian Metro stations. If you want to join in the final steps of the walk, track me live with SPOT.

SUNDAY, 3-3:30pm: Arriving at the U.S. Capitol.

See you soon!

Bob McCormick
Day One Hundred and Twenty-Five

1606 miles | Point of Rocks, MD | Follow Bob's progress live with Spot GPS.

As I approach the finish line of this 1700 walk for Intergenerational Justice I believe it is appropriate to re-post this Stephen Hawking’s quote. 

For me, the really concerning aspect of this is that now, more than at any time in our history, our species needs to work together. We face awesome environmental challenges: climate change, food production, overpopulation, the decimation of other species, epidemic disease, acidification of the oceans.

”Together, they are a reminder that we are at the most dangerous moment in the development of humanity. We now have the technology to destroy the planet on which we live, but have not yet developed the ability to escape it. Perhaps in a few hundred years, we will have established human colonies amid the stars, but right now we only have one planet, and we need to work together to protect it.
— Stephen Hawking
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…now, more than at any time in our history, our species needs to work together.

The Earth is our home. Humanity is our family. No prior humans ever had the responsibility we all share today. Intergenerational Justice is about accepting that responsibility.

Bob McCormick
Day One Hundred and Fifteen

1511 miles | Cumberland, MD | Follow Bob's progress live with Spot GPS.

Walked into Cumberland MD today, 1500 miles from Denver and only 184 miles from DC. I will be walking on tow paths and bicycle trails the rest of the way— no more cars and trucks whizzing towards me at 60 mph, hallelujah!

If all goes well, I will walk into DC on on December 9 with my family and several friends, for the benefit of our children, grandchildren and all future humans.

If you believe Intergenerational Justice matters, and you are in the DC area on the 9th of December, we would love to have you walk with us.

Bob McCormick
Day One Hundred and Four

1344 miles | Valley Grove, WV | Follow Bob's progress live with Spot GPS.

It’s been more than 100 days on the road now! Along the way, I’ve met many people who also know that we need to change, but this note I just received from a citizen in West Virginia is really worth sharing…

“Good evening, Bob!

“Unfortunately, I only just read your story on our local news site, but it occurs to me that you most likely walked right past my house on National Road in Valley Grove, WV today. Had I known, I would have made sure to be here to offer you lunch and walk a little bit with you to learn more about your journey and let you know how much I appreciate what you’re doing.

“Too many people only consider how their actions affect their own lives and ignore what messes future generations will have to clean up. It’s heartbreaking to live in a state that is consistently one of the top three most obese, yet individuals and our greater society tend not to make decisions that would go towards solving them.

“It’s frustrating to live in the Mountain State—a place where you think people would love and respect the very mountains we’re nicknamed after—where coal companies chop off the tops of them, destroying an ecosystem of over a million species (second most diverse in the world!) in order to harvest a finite fuel source. This state is far too concerned with a dying industry that’s hurting our physical and economic health, and not trying hard enough to look to the future.

“I don’t mean to get too negative (I really do love this state and I hope you did too!)—I just wanted to let you know that your short time in West Virginia didn’t go unnoticed! We here in Wheeling are a little removed from the rest of the state, but someday I suggest you travel to the coalfields of Southern WV to witness what I’m talking about and spread your important message.

“Best of luck on the rest of your journey! It’s always been a wild dream of mine to do something similar... one day I hope to have the grit and guts you have!

“Blessings,
”Mary Lu in WV”

Bob McCormick
Day Ninety-Nine

1300 miles | New Concord, OH | Follow Bob's progress live with Spot GPS.

Walking for 8 to 10 hours everyday (1300 down, 340 to go) gives you a lot of time to listen to audio books and music, and to observe and to think.

Regarding the thinking ...

If we define short term to be a human lifetime, or any thing less, and if we define some humans to include our families, friends and fellow citizens, it would be safe to say, the vast majority of us are concerned about the short term health of some humans.

This “short term/some humans” level of concern has dominated our story from the beginning. But all indications, especially recent studies done by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are making it impossible to deny-- the “short term/some humans” level of concern is inadequate to effectively address our problems.

The IPCC study is quite clear, human activity is a very real threat to our long term survival. The study states, we have 10 to 12 years to alter our behavior before self regulation becomes meaningless. The WHO report informs us that pollution is negatively affecting the mental development and physical health of 93% of our children.

“Short term/some humans” or “Long term/all humans”, are different levels of concern that I think about often when walking.

Bob McCormick