Former Virginia man walks from Denver to DC for Intergenerational Justice

by Peggy Fox

LEESBURG, Va. -- How are we humans doing when it comes to leaving this world for our children...and their children? Pretty lousy, according to many scientists and a former Virginia man, who is walking across the country to raise awareness about our responsibility to the future.

Bob McCormick, 69, feels like he's home again when he reaches White's Ferry in Maryland to cross the Potomac into Virginia where he used to live. He's walking 1,700 miles from Denver to D.C. for Intergenerational Justice.

"The future of the human race is going to depend on the decisions we make today," said McCormick.

It's a big idea that considers the world's biggest problems like pollution and climate change.

"The United Nations recently released their study that said we basically have ten years. The World Health Organization said 93% of the world's children are suffering from pollution," he said.

Add to that the global problems of disease, the extinction of species, overpopulation and poverty. McCormick saw a lot of poverty walking across the United States over the past four months.

"I had no idea the depth of poverty that exists in this country. We have a problem on our hands and who's at fault? To my way of seeing it, we're all at fault. All humans are at fault."

McCormick believes the human race needs to work together to find solutions for tomorrow's people and this world.

McCormick was a councilman in the Vienna Town Council and a community activist. But his whole world changed on 9/11. …

Bob McCormick

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 Jaime Baker

OHIO COUNTY, W. Va. — If you happened to be driving along National Road in Valley Grove Tuesday, you may have noticed a man walking along the street with a cart.

It may not look like much, but his story is actually pretty remarkable.

Since August, Bob McCormick has been waking busy streets all the way from Denver. Tuesday, he hit Ohio County, hoping to spread a message.

"I’m walking from Denver to D.C., and I’m walking to promote intergenerational justice,” he said.

A few years ago, McCormick read a book called the "Handbook on Intergenerational Justice,” and it changed his life and the way he looked at it.

He wanted to spread the word about what he learned and how the current generation's acts can affect the lives of future generations.

"That's what intergenerational justice is all about. Do we have a responsibility to future humans? My own conclusion is, yes, we do. I was going to talk about it, but I decided to walk about it,” he said.

So, the 69-year-old packed up a few things and he hit the road. He left Denver on foot on Aug. 2.

He spends his day walking, stopping in local restaurants for some meals and, depending on money, will sleep in hotels.

He doesn't carry much in his cart other than a few necessities and a sign.

"If I can't make it to a hotel, I have to have food, water. I do have extra clothing. I’ve got a tent. Everything I would need, I’m self-contained. It's a lot. It's a lot to push up hills,” McCormick said.

His next stop will be in Washington, Pennsylvania. He's walked about 1,400 miles, but still has about 300 left to go.

It hasn't been an easy process by any means, and it's one that won't be over when he makes his way to Washington, D.C.

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