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Two humans — Ben & Chauncey — have decided to walk across the United States together. We will set out on March 20th, 2021 from Virginia Beach, Virginia with the goal of reaching the San Francisco Bay shoreline by the end of the year. We will be sleeping in tents, preparing our own meals, and living mostly outdoors during this period.
Along the way, we will be:
- picking up one piece of trash a day and putting it in its rightful place, while encouraging you all to do the same;
- facilitating community clean-ups and other events with interested towns, organizations and independent groups;
- engaging in and documenting discussions with members of different communities about a variety of topics, including but not limited to civic engagement, community organizing, and grassroots power.
We believe this work is not only fulfilling personally, but can help to mend some of the conditions that allow for long-standing injustices in our country by empowering people everywhere to step into their individual and collective power. The purposes of these actions are manifold, but here are a few focal points:
Actionable Change: Our efforts are aimed at improving the material circumstances of people and other living and nonliving parts of the ecosphere in a lasting way. We accomplish this through community clean-ups, discussions, education, and leadership training.
Waste Reduction & Litter Prevention: Reducing the impact of solid waste through integrative programs that address a range of topics, including: responsible consumerism, source reduction, creative reuse ideas, recycling and education about landfills, proper household hazardous waste disposal, composting, and waste-to-energy practices.
Leadership Development: Facilitate 2-5 day environmental education, civic engagement and leadership workshops in communities with people of all ages.
Coalescence: Maintain and improve the collaboration between community members, organizations, businesses, and municipalities to provide integrated efforts and solutions that cultivate community development.
Philosophical Ethics: We will reexamine normalized societal, organizational and individual values so that we can better understand our actions and choices and how they affect those within and without our community, as well as the environment.
While we have independently saved some money, in order to make this trip live up to our vision, we are asking for donations. To get through the first part of the walk with another person supporting us on the road, we have calculated our initial fundraising goal to be $6,000.00.
Donations will support the following:
- Health Insurance
- Documentation — recording and audio equipment such as phones, microphones, and software for recording, editing, and sharing online
- Project support — i.e. gas, WiFi hotspot, help with resupplies, and field coordination (finding campsites, coordinating community events with project partners)
You have the option of making a one-time donation, or a monthly donation (these can be stopped at any time). Both are immensely helpful, but if you are able, smaller recurring donations would greatly promote the ongoing sustainability of we.grow.eco.
The ultimate aim following the walk is to establish a non-profit organization, and any funds we have once we reach California will be put toward that effort.
Thank you for helping make this walk a reality! Follow our journey on Instagram at @wegroweco and check out our website to learn more: www.wegroweco.org.
- Felicia Foster
- Catherine Mertz
- Tonea Foster
- Felicia Foster
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