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London to Geneva anti-nuclear walk starts Chernobyl Day, Sat 26 April

dv | 10.04.2008 14:37 | Faslane | Anti-militarism | Climate Chaos | Ecology | London | South Coast

Ceremony to mark Chernobyl Day will kick off London to Geneva anti-nuclear walk

You are warmly invited to join Footprints for Peace on Saturday 26 April for the start of their three-month, 1500km International Peace Walk towards a Nuclear-Free Future, from London to Geneva through France, in conjunction with the main French anti-nuclear coalition Sortir du Nucleaire.

Parliament Square, London, Aug '07 - (c) L. Viesnik 2007
Parliament Square, London, Aug '07 - (c) L. Viesnik 2007

The day has special significance as it marks the 22nd anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The opening ceremony will take place at Battersea Park Peace Pagoda, London from 9.30am (nearest tube: Sloane Square; speakers to be confirmed). The walk will set off shortly after the informal one-hour ceremony.

All are warmly invited to attend to remember those who have lost their lives and those still suffering from the Chernobyl tragedy 22 years ago. We of course also remember all those affected by the nuclear industry; from Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the nuclear bomb test veterans to aboriginal communities affected by the uranium mining industries; from victims of ‘depleted’ uranium (DU) munitions used in Iraq and the Balkans to all the children who have contracted leukaemia from living close to nuclear power stations.

It is time to send out a loud and clear message that we will not allow our world and our future to be further blighted by a deadly radioactive legacy and the risk of nuclear war, supposedly in the name of fighting climate change, 'keeping the lights on' and national security.

Please join us for an hour, a day, a week or the entire walk!!

Please note: this is a drug and alcohol free walk.

Schedule for Day 1 - Chernobyl Day, Saturday 26th April 2008

9.30am - Informal opening ceremony marking Chernobyl Day at Battersea Park Peace Pagoda, London (speakers tbc)
10.30 - Walk from Battersea Park south along Albert Bridge Rd
12.30 - Wandsworth along A3
1.30 - Lunch at Richmond Park: Kingston Gate entrance
2.30 - continue walking along London Rd A307 Kingston-upon-Thames
3.30 - A307 / Portsmouth Rd Thames Ditton
4.30 - Finish in Esher

If you plan to walk with us, please bring your own lunch and drinking water, rain gear or sun hat, any flags or banners you want to carry, lots of friends and good spirits!

Further details, flyers, itinerary, etc can be found here:

Blog archives from last year's very successful 86-day walk from Dublin to London here:

Footprints for Peace homepage:

Sortir du Nucleaire (in English):

For further details, including accommodation in London on Friday 25 April and thereafter, please contact the walk organisers (currently in France):

Kerrie-Ann (K.A.) Garlick: 07881 425 531 or Marcus Atkinson: 07807 727 201
e-mail: ka [at] ; marcus [at]

Also, watch this space for details of the London screening of the documentary of the 2007 Dublin to London walk, likely to take place on the evening of Thursday 24 April (details to be confirmed).

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