The whole Earth as a World Heritage Site – wheelbarrow ride on the Walk of Wisdom

Henry Mentink
Henry Mentink

From 22 April, Henry Mentink will walk to Paris in 45 days with a wheelbarrow full of earth. His goal? The UNESCO headquarters, where he nominates the entire Earth as a World Heritage Site. “Irreplaceable, unique and owned by all, of great importance to preserve.”

We wholeheartedly support this initiative!

On Friday, April 15 , we are therefore organizing a trial run of Henry’s wheelbarrow ride on the Walk of Wisdom. Will you walk with us? You can also say goodbye to Henry alone during a special departure ceremony in the Valkhof Chapel, the oldest public chapel in the Netherlands.

Participation is free. Registration is required via this link. Bring a tablespoon of soil from your garden or city to put in Henry’s wheelbarrow. Henry is from the Veerhuis Voor de Aarde in Varik. The ceremony will be hosted by Manja Bente, co-developer of the Walk of Wisdom and singer-songwriter, shaman, ‘healthy crazy’ Mark Schilders.

Wheelbarrow-Henry Mentink

A gesture to save the world

What gesture can save the world? That’s the question we started the Walk of Wisdom . The question came from Professor Ronald L Grimes. He meant the question as a “koan” — a riddle you can’t solve with your mind. The solution is to look differently or act differently.

Grimes pointed out the enormous power of rituals. If humans can ‘communicate’ with the Gods through rituals and connect entire peoples, why don’t we design a ritual to make people interact with the planet differently – and more sustainably?

Challenged by the koan of Grimes, we developed the Walk of Wisdom: a pilgrimage route around the world. That may seem and is an impossible task, but we started small in 2015 with the first piece. A route of 136 kilometers around Nijmegen. That route has been a success and we are now internationalising.