Green Walk held to highlight Climate Emergency in run-up to COP26

After the postponement due to the Covid Lockdown in March 2020, the Dundee Green Walk finally took place on 18 September 2021, on a sunny autumnal day.

The University of Dundee Botanic Garden was the starting point for the walk, which took in Ninewells Arboretum and Community Garden, Maggie’s Centre, and Riverside Nature Park. Walkers followed the 6km (3.7 miles) route using a map/route description leaflet. They were welcomed to the Community Garden by facilitators who explained the work of the volunteers and the benefits they gain. Another speaker was at the Viewpoint in Riverside Nature Park to point out features around the park and across the nearby Tay Estuary, which are rich in wildlife.

On arriving back at the Botanic Garden, the participants had free access to the grounds on a Community Open Day. There were several stalls set up by local environmental groups – the RSPB, Friends of the Miley and Scottish Wildlife Trust, the Campy Growers, Extinction Rebellion, and of course Friends of the Earth Tayside in conjunction with the Tayside COP26 Coalition. Representatives of EcoDundee, and PLANT in Tayport, were also there to discuss their activities with visitors.

There was more activity in the Garden during the afternoon with a walk-and-talk provided by the Curator, Kevin Frediani. We’d like to express our thanks to him for providing the Garden facilities which enabled us to put on this event.

The main focus for Friends of the Earth Tayside was to raise awareness of the COP26 climate conference being held in Glasgow from 1-12 November, and need for countries to agree to take strong action to cut their carbon emissions, as well as for richer countries to help less developed countries to make the transition to a low-carbon economy.