My name is Robert Cook. On June 30th I retired from 40 years as an ordained Presbyterian pastor to join the Great Walk for Climate Action. It is the fourth time I claimed retirement, but I never had a plan and I always returned to serve as a pastor within a few months. The walk is that plan to focus my retirement.
But there is something more important at stake than a plan to ensure my retirement will hold. It is the quality of life for my three granddaughters. Climate change is the most important issue of the 21st century that speaks to the quality of life question. The 2880 mile Great Walk for Climate Action is my way of telling Olivia, Vanessa and Sienna I love them, and to show how far I will go to help ensure that they may have a life worth living in the decades to come. In addition, I do so as a statement of my faith and a prophetic witness that we are responsible for the care and protection of God's good earth. If I cannot give that much time and energy at this time of my life, my faith is as useless as yesterday's dishwater. What would that say about my 40 years of ordained ministry?