Shropshire URC member Howard Hutchings talks to Tomilola Ajayi, Christian Aid press officer, about what inspired him to walk from London to Paris, and why climate justice is an issue very dear to his heart.
Just over a week ago, retired geography teacher Howard Hutchings completed a journey of a lifetime: a ‘climate pilgrimage’ that spanned two weeks, two countries and 200 miles, entirely on foot.
Howard, from Shrewsbury, joined dozens other British Christians on a ‘Pilgrimage2Paris’, which saw them sleeping in churches, halls and homes for a fortnight, as they travelled through streets, roads, country lanes and fields from London to the French capital.
Organised by Christian Aid, Tearfund, CAFOD and the Church of England, the journey was a way to show solidarity with communities suffering the adverse effects of climate change. With each step, they were calling on world leaders to strike a fair and ambitious deal at the United Nations climate summit, currently underway in Paris.