Movement Building on the Sinai Trail
On Sunday 13th November Culture COP, Climate Heritage Network and Julie’s bicycle brought together a group of 70 people including; delegates, climate justice movement leaders, artists and cultural leaders to spend a day together in the Sinai Mountains walking the Sinai Trail at the invitation of Bedouin tribal elders who had attended the ArtCultureHeritage COP27 event.
We were guided by Musallem Abu Faraaj of the Tarabin, Sheikh Ahmed Abu Rashid of the Jebeleya, Youssuf Barakat of the Alegat & Um Yasser from the Hamada Tribe who is the first female guide in Sinai. We were led in prayer, music and an offering of gifts by Shirley Krenak who gifted the Bedouin leader her red Amazonian feather, Lolita Piajuage, vice president of Confenaie, the Ecuadorian Amazon & Salome Tankamash, Shuar people of Ecuador, and Calfin and Panchita from Mapuche Lafkenche. This gathering of Bedouin Leaders and Indigenous people from the Amazon and Turtle Island was a spiritual journey illustrating how culture can catalyse deep connection and solidarity which we know will result in the longer term in a stronger climate movement.