Walk with Amal

Who: Good Chance

Where: Glasgow, United Kingdom

When: 9-11 November 2021

Partners: COP26, Connect4Climate, The Democracy Culture Foundation, Mishcon de Reya, National Theatre of Scotland, The New York Times, One Young World, Pears Foundation, Perth Theatre, 350.org

Little Amal, a 3.5 metre puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee, has just completed The Walk. All along her epic 8000km journey she met many other young people who, like her, have been forced to leave their homes by violence, persecution, war or poverty. Very often these circumstances have been caused, at least in part, by the climate crisis.

The enforced journey of young refugees like Amal is one of many ways in which the planet is swivelling off its axis. Ever more borders are drawn and walls are built but the climate crisis affects us all. It defies borders and leaps over all walls.

At COP26 Little Amal will discover new realities about the world by meeting changemakers from many of the countries she has visited: young people who embody and express the urgent need to take action to shape a better future. Find out more about what Little Amal will do at COP, where she’ll be and how you can see her here.

Little Amal at COP26, 9 November 2021

November 9, 2021, 11-13, Blue Zone
On her first day at COP26 Little Amal will do what no 10-year-old Syrian girl has ever been given the chance to: she will stand centre-stage at the world’s most important climate conference alongside young people who embody and express the urgent need to take action to shape a better future. Amal will explore the Blue Zone and meet other delegates and friends including Caroline Lucas MP and other members of the Green New Deal Alliance. As she moves around this UN-controlled zone, she will learn something about how the world needs to make huge and rapid change. Read more about Amals visit in the Blue Zone here.
November 9, 2021, 13:30 
Little Amal will walk across a bridge over the river Clyde, the symbolic midpoint between the COP26 negotiating Blue Zone and the public Green Zone, alongside young climate changemakers from around the world including Luisa Neubauer and Farzana Faruk and members of the MAPA (Most Affected Areas and People) Youth. Moving between borders of a different kind, Amal will walk between these two Zones of power. Find out more about the public event here.
November 9, 2021, 14-15:00, Green Zone, COP26 Conference 

The climate crisis is forcing people to leave their homes. It will force millions more to do so in the future. The issue of safe passage is an urgent one. Along Amal’s 8000km journey she met many refugees like her who have been directly affected by the climate crisis. As borders are strengthened, how should we respond to this growing need to move to find safety? Find out more about the conference here.

 

Little Amal on the banks of the Clyde, 10 November 2021 

November 10, 2021, 11:30-12:30, Starting at Kingston Quay, Glasgow
Little Amal will journey with over a hundred school children bearing banners of their climate demands and hopes on the banks of the Clyde in an event with National Theatre of Scotland, Citizens Theatre and Perth Theatre that marks the culmination of artist residencies in schools in Glasgow and Perthshire. More Information here.
November 10, 2021, 13:30-14:30, Stag Street off Govan Road, Glasgow
Near the old Govan Graving Docks, Amal will meet  ‘Storm’ – a 10 metre puppet made entirely out of recycled and natural materials. Together they will gaze at the words NO NEW WORLDS floating on the river, then set out on a journey of discovery, inspiration and hope. More info to meet Amal and Storm here.
November 10, 2021, 18:30, George Square, Glasgow City Centre
Little Amal finds herself alone in an iconic space of protest in Glasgow.  Gradually she is joined by people like her in search of safety and community in the face of global change. More info here.

Little Amal at New York Times Climate Hub, 11 November 2021

November 11, 2021, 18-18:30, New York Times Climate Hub
For the final event of the New York Times Climate Hub Amal, brings with her a powerful reminder of our worlds potential future here.

Hope is built step by step. Little Amal has traveled 8,000km to focus awareness on the refugee crisis.

The Walk is an international arts festival meets endurance event. Little Amal, a 3.5 metre-tall puppet, walked across the European continent to shine a light on the stories of millions of young refugees. She traveled through 8 countries, welcomed by hundreds of cultural events in cities, towns and villages all along her route. The length and sheer size of the challenge is capturing imaginations even before her first step. She walked for all the children – many unaccompanied and separated from their families – who are forced to undertake extraordinary journeys under life-threatening conditions. Little Amal walked so that we don’t forget them. Read more about Amals epic journey here.