Walk on

Walk. It's that simple

It improves your health, saves you money, gives you time to think, learn, chat and dream, and reduces stress. It makes you more alert, more productive and increases your independence. And here’s the cherry on top: it creates ZERO pollution and is totally carbon-free.

Walking is totally underrated.

If you're lucky enough to live within a few miles of your school or workplace, then get on your feet and get walking. You’ll be amazed at the difference just a few weeks of regular walking will make to your mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.

Why

Here are a few reasons to take action.

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Environment

Unlike cars, trains, buses and taxis, walking produces no carbon emissions at all. It doesn’t give off any stinky, toxic city-filling smog and it doesn’t use up any precious resources (except your breakfast).

Congestion

No one likes the streets to be clogged with cars, so get out of yours and walk. Here’s a simple way to look at it: when you’re driving to work, you're not stuck in traffic, you are the traffic!"

Health

By walking briskly for 30 minutes to work or school each day you'll easily meet the recommended 2 ½ hours of exercise each week.1 This could reduce your risk of major illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer by up to 50%.2 You’re also taking a lot of unnecessary stress out of your life.

It's a wonder drug.

What's more, whilst walking around you'll soak up fresh air and sunlight, increasing Vitamin D levels significantly.

99 kcal

are burnt by 30 minutes of walking (assuming average weight and moderate speed).3

Fun

Walking can be fun. And interesting. You get to see so much more of your neighbourhood on foot, exploring the nooks and crannies that otherwise pass you by. And if you’re a podcast or audiobook fan, just think of all those extra minutes of listening time!

There's no stress involved - no trains to cram into, no late busses to wait for, no traffic jams to sit out.

Money

As long as you already own shoes and, well, clothes, walking is absolutely, totally, 100% free.

No train fares. No bus passes. No petrol tanks to fill. No gym memberships to cough up for. Free free free.

And finally...

People who walk to work or school are shown to be more alert, have better concentration, be more productive, and have greater independence.4

And one last reason (as if you needed one)... if you want to learn a new language, researchers have shown that walking during learning helps new foreign vocabulary to stick!4

Global Goals

In September 2017, an historic agreement was signed by UN member nations agreeing to work towards 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development by 2030, otherwise known as the SDGs.

Achieving these ambitious goals will require action from governments, businesses, NGOs, and individuals alike. We can - and must - all play our part.

By making the 'Walk on' pledge, you are contributing in your own small way to the following SDG targets:

3.4: By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being

11.6: By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management

12.8: By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature

13.3: Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning

How

Get some comfy shoes, open the door, and start walking.

Now, clearly we aren't all so lucky as to live close enough to our schools or work to walk there. But is there a way you can build a walk into your daily commute? Perhaps by walking to a train or bus station that’s further away?

A last piece of advice: the most direct route isn’t always the best. What if you want to avoid polluted areas or steer clear of steps? To design a route that works for you, check out the brilliant WalkIt.com or download their iPhone app.

Success Stories

1,234

Pledges
in total

14,880kg

CO2
pledged

I've enjoyed walking to and from work, it gives me time to wind down after a busy shift!

I have enjoyed my walks and intend to carry on with them increasing the amount of walking i do.

I got a little too excited by this one and started walking almost everywhere. I took around 6 journeys less a week!

My new fitbit record is 24,417 steps in a day!

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