Almost 50 residents of Cardrona, Glen, Innerleithen, Peebles, Traquair and Walkerburn on Saturday led a community walk – with musical contributions – as part of the global People’s Pilgrimage.
Starting at the car park at Traquair Kirk, they walked via Chester Hill, Quair Water and Bush aboon Traquair to demonstrate their love for the hills, burns and woods, giving voice to their concerns that climate change threatens nature, way of life and many of the world’s poorest people.
Innerleithen Primary School was among the local organisations supporting the walk.
Headmaster Keith Belleville said: “It’s inspiring to be part of a global project. This is about our children’s future. Every step counts and adds to a global total to represent a walk at least once around the world.”
Andy Kerr, from Edinburgh’s Carbon Innovation Centre, said: “It’s fantastic to see Borderers showing they care.
“We have ever-better technologies, such as clean renewable energy, batteries and electric cars.
“But that alone is not enough. We need people to want to make the transition to a world beyond fossil-fuel burning.”
The Reverend Janice Faris, from the Church of Scotland in Innerleithen, said: “Many people turn to their faith or spirituality for hope in the face of challenge and suffering.
“The People’s Pilgrimage is a global expression of sincere concern and calls on our world leaders to find the generosity – on all sides – and determination to reach a strong climate-change treaty in Paris this December.”
The People’s Pilgrimage has been created by OurVoices, a multi-faith climate-change project (www.ourvoices.net) which originated in the Borders, in partnership with many faith and spiritual groups around the world.