This walk took place within the south indian state of Karnataka. The walk was done to highlight ecological issues such as climate change and biodiversity with a specific emphasis on small coffee growers, as leaders met in South Africa for a key summit (COP17).
This was the third and considerably shorter walk that was undertaken in the UK, from Garstang, the world's first Fairtrade Town, to Keswick. Despite being shorter than the previous two walks, the purpose behind it was no less important.
I was joined by fellow activists, raising awareness for Fairtrade and to celebrate the lives and work of small scale farmers everywhere, many of whom continue to suffer from the adverse effects of unfair trade, and who are now also increasingly at the mercy of adverse climate change, too.
Through sponsorship, the walkers also raised money for Oxfam's GROW Campaign [www.oxfam.org/en/what-is-grow] in Oxfam's 70th anniversary year, and for The FIG Tree, the world's first international Fairtrade visitor centre in Garstang.