Fraser: It’s been tough on the march but I’m surviving; although I’m no thinner. I was really hoping to loss weight.
My legs have got slimmer but my belly is still the same so that I now look like one of the Mr Men!
I have a couple of blisters but it’s my idea that if you don’t look at them they can’t hurt you.
Since the last post we’ve walked from Newcastle to the North Yorks Moors via Durham and Darlington.
In Newcastle we paraded through the city with a police escort crossing the Tyne at the Blinking Eye bridge before heading to the civic centre for a reception hosted by the Sheriff.
While in Newcastle we paid a visit to the headquarters of bakery chain Greggs, to talk about the need for British business to cut their carbon emissions.
We had a good discussion with the company’s representatives and we were heartened to hear they were cutting back on the energy they were using and working with the Carbon Trust to scale back their carbon footprint.
In Durham we had a tremendous reception. As we entered the historic city around 200 people marched in with us along with banging drums. A rather impressive if surreal moment was when our back-up van driver Jonathan, a Kiwi, performed The Haka, the dance performed by the All Blacks before a rugby match.
The Bishop of Durham Tom Wright also walked the final 10 miles into the city with us in his clerical robes – which dramatically increased the number of car horns tooting at us.
Throughout the day there was an eco-festival organised by local Christian Aid activists with some 200 to 300 people.
At Darlington, we attended a Songs of Praise-type event with a brass band. There was good turn-out and practically everyone there signed our cut the carbon petition.
Last night in Northallerton we had a terrific debate with local people about the effects of climate change on agriculture both in the developing and rich worlds. Myself and Mohammed participated. We discussed food miles, fair trade and the impact of European policies on the world’s poor.
It underlined for me why I’m on this march. I’ve taken a year off from work to undertake a masters degree in international development. Once you start a course like that the links between climate change and poverty become crystal clear and we all have to do something about it.