ideasSPACE with Lord Michael Bates, Walking Champion
Photo credit: Foreign & Commonwealth Office
“Walking is also an ambulation of mind.”
Walking is something we do every day, every journey involves it and the benefits of walking to us as human beings are simply vast. All this is on the back of growing attention and appreciation for everyday walking by the UK government - but we still have a long way to go to protect high quality walking environments in all our towns and cities.
That’s why we were excited to talk to Lord Michael Bates to understand the political processes required to make effective change as well as learning from his humanitarian efforts, for which he chose walking as a way of communicating the magnitude of issues.
Lord Michael Bates is President of Living Streets, Walking Champion and politician.
He has served in the House of Lords since 2008 with posts in the Departments of Energy & Climate Change; Communities & Local Government; Children, Schools & Families.