Opening event for Pilgrimage to COP26

11th October 2021

In response to the climate crisis the Pilgrimage to COP26, starting events in Dunbar on 17th Oct.

The Pilgrimage to COP26 will be at the heart of our celebration in Dunbar from 2pm to 9pm on 17th Oct. There will be family fun around many environmental activities with Rowanbank Arts, workshops to grind flour with pedal power, making pizza with Muddy Buddies and storytelling with Tim Portious. Our Fellow Natalie Taylor will invite the public to fill a jar with soil, to be used in the soil cape ceremony later. Led by Rowanbank, all will make their way to the harbour meeting with a sensory walk by Karen Gabbitas from John Muir’s Birthplace as they make their way past St. Anne’s Church where they will hear a reading of the IPPC report.

The harbour will be filled with music from Rita Bradd, a song from Dunbar Voices of Enough is Enough, a song written by Oi Musica and Karine Polwart for COP26 and a unique Keeper of the Soils ceremony where the cape, made by the community will receive the soils which will be carried to COP26. Jonathan Baxter will open the pilgrimage before we will see the lighting of Dunbar Castle to carry its warning to Glasgow.

Pilgrims will make their way to Belhaven Church Hall where the Sunny Soup (made from leftover food) will be served by members of the Dunbar Churches with sourdough bread donated by Stationhouse Bakery. In conjunction with Sustaining Dunbar, the bookable talk by Alastair McIntosh will round off the day with: Pilgrims on the Storm – the soil and soul of walking. This talk will also be live streamed.

Sign up for the Pilgrimage for COP26 walk.

Any enquiries, please contact either Susie Goodwin at, or Toni Dickson at

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