Pilgrimage for Cop26

Pilgrimage for Cop26

North Light Arts think it so important to be part of the Cop26 movement that Dunbar will be the start of this pilgrimage curated by Jonathan Baxter. We especially chose today 22April, Earth Day, to launch it in connection with the Freinds of John Muir’s Birthplace, Sustaining Dunbar and the Battery Theatre Company. We will saunter down to the harbour for a day of creative and ecology events before the lighting of the warning beacon – symbolising the start of our reflection on the global crisis we all face.
More info to follow……

Basic information

18th October – 31st October 2021

A pilgrimage from Dunbar to Glasgow to reflect on the climate and ecological crisis in anticipation of COP26.

The pilgrimage includes a public engagement programme to accompany the walkers and encourage participation en route.

Participating organisations include Deep Time Walk Project, Interfaith Scotland, John Muir’s Birthplace, North Light Arts, Scottish Dance Theatre, and more.


Jonathan Baxter, co-curator of the pilgrimage: “Pilgrimages are common cultural practice. Historically associated with religions, today they speak to a wider public searching for meaning through an interest in history, identity, roots, and heritage. The Pilgrimage for COP26 draws attention to the climate and ecological crisis. It offers a chance to reflect on this crisis by walking two well-trodden pathways, The John Muir Way from Dunbar to Kirkintilloch and St Ninian’s Wayfrom Kirkintilloch to Glasgow. A key question animating the pilgrimage is this, ‘How can we honour the mutual bond that exists between people and planet, a bond that sustains our very existence?’”

Susie Goodwin, Director, North Light Arts: “North Light Arts are co-curating the start of the pilgrimage from Dunbar and across East Lothian along the John Muir Way. We are working with East Lothian Council, Sustaining Dunbar, the Battery Theatre Company and Friends of John Muir’s Birthplace to begin the conversation with exhibitions, talks and an opening event on Dunbar Harbour.”

Robert Woodford, Executive Direct, Deep Time Walk Projects: “The simple act of walking together through time and space enables us to explore the many ways humanity is deeply interconnected with the more-than-human world. We are pleased to bring a deep time perspective to the Pilgrimage for COP26, helping to galvanise action and advocacy at this critical juncture for humanity.”

Online links, further info as it is confirmed, and contact details

For more information see, https://artandecology.earth/pilgrimage-for-cop26/

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Sustaining Dunbar