AN inspiring incident during the Marches Camino occurred shortly after we had walked through Morton-on-Lugg.


We happened to meet Merryn Hellier, who told us about her 1,000-mile walk in 2007 over the length and breadth of Britain, to raise awareness of climate change.

Walking in that group were some people who were able to speak from first hand experience of the devastation already brought by climate instability as long ago as 2007.

For example, Muhamad from Kenya had lost all 70 of his cattle because of a drought, and a man from the Philippines where there were usually one or two typhoons a year had experienced 10 typhoons in one year, and whole town where he had lived had been swept away.

Such experiences are now even more frequent, and include the effects of floods and fires.

At each stopping-place events had been arranged at which the British participants spoke about climate change and the participants from overseas described their own desperate situations.

Ruth Stanier