In August 2018, sixty-nine-year-old Bob McCormick decided to go for a long walk. The writer and activist is walking the 1,700 miles from his hometown of Denver to Washington, D.C., to draw attention to Intergenerational Justice, the idea that the current human population has a responsibility to future generations. Two hip replacements and a knee replacement aren’t keeping him from sharing his passion.
“The well-being of our children and all future humans is threatened by current human activity,” McCormick says. “Intergenerational Justice deserves a seat at the table when we are discussing how we will conduct our affairs, locally, nationally, and globally.”
Together, McCormick believes, we can shift the dire global predictions that are at the center of Intergenerational Justice. The health of our environment is among issues McCormick believes can be addressed.
“The key lesson is that while the spread of deforestation is linked with socio-economic development, controlling it may well depend on political development,” McCormick says regarding Intergenerational Justice. “How we treat our forests is critical to our future development.”
McCormick has persevered through heat and driving rain, walked alongside speeding trucks and dealt with suffering recurring injuries and broken equipment. The difficulties he has faced on his journey invites the question: Why is he still doing this?
In the simplest terms, McCormick says he tells people, “I’m walking for my great-grandchildren and for yours.”
Visit www.aWalkforChange.org for background, live tracking of McCormick’s progress, and to make donations to support the walk.