Walking for Planet Earth
Mo Laidlaw

Drivers on highway 148 through Luskville and Breckenridge on May 18 may have seen a lone figure pushing a three wheel cart along the side of the road. This was not a municipal worker picking up garbage as some may have hoped, but Bernd Buhl from Calgary, who is walking around the world, visiting many countries. He is a man with a mission to save planet Earth.

His priorities are to promote planting trees, solar and wind-power, extensive use of cannabis ruderalis (this is the kind of hemp grown for fibre and oil, not marijuana), and development of a fusion engine that can be used to provide a global transportation system which is fast, comfortable, and free. The aim of all this is to raise awareness of the planet’s limited resources. “We need the planet, but the planet doesn’t need us,” he says.

Bernd has a website (http://members.shaw.ca/theplanetearthwalk) that gives more information and details of how to make a contribution to his cause. People along the way have helped with contributions and he is always willing to do odd jobs to pay his way, so that all contributions go to the Planet Earth Fundament. He still needs a major sponsor.

In the first few weeks he has had setbacks. Between Brandon, Manitoba and Sudbury, Ontario the police informed Bernd that the two-lane highway was not wide enough for him to walk safely so he had to take the bus. From Sudbury he walked through North Bay, Mattawa and Pembroke, before crossing over to Québec and following highway 148.

Now he is heading to Montréal and on through New Brunswick and Nova Scotia to Newfoundland, and then on via Iceland to Ireland, Scotland and England. His route around the world snakes around taking in as many countries as possible - over 170 countries, which he expects to take five years.

If you see Bernd trundling along at the side of the road, give him a wave, or stop and talk. He trained as a chef, working in restaurants for 20 years and has worked on a farm with 1500 cattle. He is interested in truth, peace and equality. Is he a throwback to the 1970s or a visionary for our times?