TORONTO, Oct. 3 /CNW/ - The "revolution of walking" begins at 12:30 pm
EDT, October 3, 2007 with a World Record Walk. Green Communities Canada is
confident that Canada will set a new record for the largest simultaneous one
kilometre walk, obliterating the 2006 record of just over 100,000 held by
Western Australia (www.wagantwalk.com.au).
Over 1,000 schools, communities, workplaces, health agencies, trails
organizations, parks, and walking clubs are holding events. At the heart of
this event is an urgent desire to combat the obesity epidemic and global
The WALKOLUTION encourages people to walk to school, work, and play when
it is only a short distance away! By walking instead of driving short
distances, we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase physical activity,
improve safety, reduce traffic congestion, cut air pollution, and develop
community cohesion and social interaction.
The Walkolution also promotes walkable communities. Mayors are leading
local World Record Walk events, and municipal councils are pledging to put
pedestrians first by signing the International Charter for Walking
(www.walk21.com), a commitment to reduce physical, social, and institutional
barriers to walking.
In Ontario, Green Communities Canada (www.greencommunitiescanada.org) is
leading this event with the support of the Ontario Ministry of Health
Promotion, Communities in Action Fund. For details on the Walkolution in other
Canadian jurisdictions visit www.worldrecordwalk.ca/english/mediacentre.asp.
For further information:
For further information: Mandy Walker, (647) 448-6659; Harry Sawchuk,
(519) 755-1117; Caitlin Blundell, (647) 637-5970;
www.worldrecordwalk.ca/english/mediacentre.asp - media backgrounder available