69-year-old walks from Denver to Washington, D.C. for a cause

By Logan Ratick

WHEELING, W.Va. (WTRF) - Bob McCormick wants to leave the world a better place than he found it.

The 69-year-old's goal is to raise awareness for what he calls "intergenerational justice."

"I have grandchildren and I am concerned about their health long-term," said McCormick. "Not only theirs, future humans. When I refer to future humans, I'm actually including all of those who aren't here yet of course, but also those who are here and aren't really decision-makers, like my grandchildren. They're just going to have to deal with the decisions we make."

To create awareness for this cause, McCormick decided to walk from his home in Denver, Colorado to Washington, D.C. The trip is 1,700 miles long.

McCormick left his house in Denver on August 1st. On November 12, he took a day of rest in Wheeling before setting out for his next stop: Washington, Pennsylvania.

McCormick only brought the essentials on his trip: a stroller, clothing, camping gear and whatever else he could fit on his person.

In the past, he's had surgeries on his hips and knees.

While he is concerned with the problems that he says this generation has left for the next, McCormick has seen the good in many people throughout the United States of America.

"People have offered me a place to stay," McCormick said. "They've picked up tabs when I'm sitting in a restaurant having a meal. Many people with waters come out of there homes. Apples, food..."

Having spent a lot of time alongside highways, McCormick has noticed one particularly generous group of Americans.

"Truck drivers, big semis," he said. "When they pull over. They're paid by the mile and time wise. And they're stopping and getting out of they're truck and say 'hey I've seen you.' They drive that route. I've seen you a few times. Here's my dinner and I'd like you to have it."

Bob McCormick

by Elizabeth Morehead, ZANESVILLE, Ohio

It’s 1,700 miles from Denver, Colorado to Washington, DC and one man is walking each mile alone.

69-year-old Bob McCormick is walking across the country to raise awareness about Intergenerational Justice. He said it’s time for humans to start thinking about future generations and how current actions will affect the world of tomorrow.

“We’re the current caretakers of the Earth,” said McCormick. “A lot of studies are telling us we’re not taking care of it in a way that perhaps we should be.”

McCormick said there are simple actions such as recycling and using renewable energy that can help make a difference, however the problem expands beyond that. He says that 93% of children globally are being affected developmentally by pollution and he urges people to look past the short-term outcomes and think of how to work for long-term improvements.

“I think current humans are a lot of the problems that we are seeing today is because we don’t think long-term, we think short-term,” said McCormick.

He said if humans fail to change their behavior, future generations will look back and wonder what we were thinking.

“And I think that at some particular point if we don’t change our behavior they’re going to scratch their head and wonder what we were thinking,” said McCormick. “So, its time we scratch our own heads and start thinking, thinking about them.”

Bob McCormick


HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) - Bob McCormick walked more than 1,200 miles from his home in Denver, Colorado to reach the Miami Valley and plans to continue another 500 miles to his destination in Washington, D.C. 

Tuesday, McCormick, 69, pushed a retrofitted stroller, packed with camping equipment, clothing and other gear, from Huber Heights to Springfield. The Colorado grandfather has been averaging 10 to 20 miles each day since he departed in August.

"Walking is perhaps what people do when they're not famous and they don't have a whole lot of money and try to draw attention to an idea," he said of his "Walk for Change."

Bob McCormick
The Prairie Press (IL)

by Gary Henry, CHRISMAN, IL

Traveler asks profound questions, no easy answers

[Excerpt] McCormick is not an ideologue who expects everything to turn around at once because he is involved.

“We all have the right to speak, but we don’t have the right to be listened to,” he said. “My hope is people in Washington will be willing to listen because I walked 1,700 miles for what I believe in.”

His concern is the economics of current human activity in terms of finances and what it is doing to the environment.

“Our debt is close to a trillion dollars,” said McCormick. “That is a global issue. Current humans are spending more than we create.”

The intergenerational justice aspect is the interest and principle on that debt is left to future generations and how that will hinder how people live and what they can accomplish in the future.

“We haven’t accepted the responsibility of being the Earth’s current humans,” said McCormick. “My grandchildren and future generations will suffer for that, and I don’t think that is just.”

It is not just debt that worries him. A rapidly deteriorating global environment caused by human activity has the potential to cause unimagined suffering for future humans, and we are running out of time to address the problem in a meaningful way.

“The most recent U.N. report says we have 10 years to avoid a climate catastrophe,” said McCormick. …

Bob McCormick

BY CHRISTOPHER ESSEX, Terre Haute, Indiana

Walking across the country for a good cause

69 years old, two hip replacements, one knee replacement. but that isn't slowing down this man: Bob McCormick. Right now he's walking from Denver, Colorado to Washington, DC. He's doing it all to bring awareness to Intergenerational Justice. meaning right now we have a responsibility to future generations.

“It's kind of like the older generation and the people who are making the decisions right now are having a party. You know, we're all enjoying ourselves. Most of the people I know, we're all having a good time but we don't think about cleaning up after the party.”

Bob McCormick

BY COLBY HUFF, Jacksonville, IL

CH: “What do you want people to learn from this?”
BM: “In Europe they already talk about Intergenerational Justice, but not so much here in the states. I would like us to consider that Intergenerational Justice is a form of justice, along with gender justice, social justice, and economic justice. They’re all on the horizon for us now and play a major role in our lives, and think Intergenerational Justice will be also. I don’t think we’re far from recognizing that we have a responsibility to future humans.”

CH: “In laymen’s terms, what is Intergenerational Justice?”
BM: “It’s an acknowledgement of a responsibility that current humans have to future humans.”

Bob McCormick


600 Miles down, 1000 more to go. 69-year-old Bob McCormick is walking from Denver to DC to get people talking…

“I don’t think we’re taking care of the earth in the way that we should for future humans.” It’s the main idea behind Intergenerational Justice.

“What’s in it for us? What’s in it for me? The short term thinking that we’re using right now to conduct human activity is a large risk, and we have a responsibility for future humans.”

The idea: that we are leaving our children with problems that we helped to create, and then did nothing to fix. ….

Bob McCormick


"Walking the talk" is a phrase many people use to describe someone who is actually acting on their beliefs. H2O Radio recently met up with a man who—after an idea came to him in the middle of the night—is doing exactly that. 


McCormick said that about ten years ago he read a book called “The Handbook of Intergenerational Justice.” It was a very academic book, he said, but it opened his mind to the concept. He told us that Intergenerational Justice means taking responsibility for future humans and putting it on the table.

Intergenerational Justice examines the obligations those alive today have to people in the future. It’s something McCormick has thought long and hard about—writing books and articles on the topic—but he didn’t really feel like he was reaching people. And around two weeks before he left on his journey, he was going to give a lecture on it in Denver. But he woke up in the middle of the night and decided, "I’m not going to talk. I’m going to walk to D.C. It wasn’t anything heavier than that. I'm going to walk to D.C. to promote Intergenerational Justice. I’ve already found it to be a lot more effective than if I had spoken.” ….

Bob McCormick


Robert McCormick always was a maverick when he was on the Vienna Town Council, a free spirit with ideas of his own.

Although he hasn’t served on that body for 16 years, he’s still actively interested in world affairs and worried about what will be bequeathed to future generations. To that end, he is walking from Denver to Washington, D.C., to boost awareness of “intergenerational justice,” the concept that Earth’s current inhabitants must not shirk their responsibilities to those who will follow.

“I’m frustrated and I’m concerned about all of us,” he said. “I didn’t know what else to do, so I decided to walk to D.C. It’s not easy, I can tell you.”

McCormick, 69, began his odyssey Aug. 2, departing from just east of Denver on Route 36. (He decided trying to navigate his way out of that sprawling metropolis would be a bad idea.) By Aug. 13, he was in the town of St. Francis just west of Wheeler, Kan., and repairing the cart he’s been pulling. ….

Bob McCormick


Five years ago, Bob McCormick moved Colorado to live closer to his grandkids. He chose West Highland because amenities were close. He was still suffering from old football injury that ravaged his hips and knees, and he could walk little more than the few blocks it took to reach nearby services.

What pained him more was a feeling of loss that humans in the U.S. and across the world weren’t living with a sense of responsibility for those who would come after us. The 69-year-old took care of his body first, got his hips and knees replaced, and then turned his attention to those bigger issues. About 10 days ago, McCormick woke up in the middle of the night with an idea: he would walk to Washington, D.C.

More than just talking, it was a something that he could do that might bring attention to what he calls “intergenerational justice,” attention to how peoples’ actions now may affect his grandchildren and their grandchildren after them. ….

Bob McCormick