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WALKING AUDIO APP

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The Deep Time Walk is a ground-breaking new project, which enables anyone, anywhere to experience a walking audio history of the living Earth.

As you walk across 4.6km of deep time (representing 4.6bn years of Earth’s big history), you witness clumping, boiling, crashing, wrecking, cracking, smashing, pumping, forcing, swarming, freezing, fermenting and engulfing. You learn how our moon was formed, meet volcanoes and encounter the immense meteorites of the Late Heavy Bombardment. Later in the walk you experience key events such as the first appearance of oxygen-producing photosynthesis, the Great Oxidation, the appearance of planet-wide temperature regulation, the evolution of the first nucleated cells, and, eventually, the appearance of multicellular life. As you listen to and ‘walk within’ the latest scientific evidence for the formation of our planet and its self-sustaining nature, you experience the living quality of our Earth and begin to recognise the long geological processes and self-regulating patterns that have produced the conditions for the evolution of life.

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The Deep Time Walk is a ground-breaking new project, which enables anyone, anywhere to experience a walking audio history of the living Earth.

As you walk across 4.6km of deep time (representing 4.6bn years of Earth’s big history), you witness clumping, boiling, crashing, wrecking, cracking, smashing, pumping, forcing, swarming, freezing, fermenting and engulfing. You learn how our moon was formed, meet volcanoes and encounter the immense meteorites of the Late Heavy Bombardment. Later in the walk you experience key events such as the first appearance of oxygen-producing photosynthesis, the Great Oxidation, the appearance of planet-wide temperature regulation, the evolution of the first nucleated cells, and, eventually, the appearance of multicellular life. As you listen to and ‘walk within’ the latest scientific evidence for the formation of our planet and its self-sustaining nature, you experience the living quality of our Earth and begin to recognise the long geological processes and self-regulating patterns that have produced the conditions for the evolution of life.

“Numbers do not seem to work well with regard to deep time. any number above a couple of thousand years— fifty thousand, fifty million—will with nearly equal effect awe the imagination to the point of paralysis.”

John McPhee

The final 20cm of the walk represent 200,000 years - roughly the time during which our species, Homo sapiens, has been on Earth. The last ice age (13,000 years ago) is represented by just the last 1.3cm. In the final 1/5th of a millimetre (200 years), you witness the miniscule time that has elapsed since the start of the industrial revolution. In doing so, you start to fathom your infinitesimal and unique place in time and space. We are caught in the last frame in the long unfolding dance of life on Earth. You realise how we humans have become a dangerous geological force during our very brief tenure on our planet.
The script used in the walking audio book is written by Dr Stephan Harding (Schumacher College) and Peter Oswald (ex-playwright in residence at Shakespeare Globe, London), with sound design by Jo Langton and audio production by Jeremy Mortimer. A new app engine called Earwig has been developed especially for the project which ties everything together, tracking how far and fast you walk, and generating an unparalleled acoustic experience as you journey across deep time

Availability

The app is available for IOS on the Apple store and Android on Google Play. Please click the relevant icons below to download the app.

Why walk the walk?

Our hope is that the Deep Time Walk evokes a profound shift in perspective, awakening us to our magnificent ancestry and the vitally important wisdom embedded in deep time, as we humans struggle to deal with our self-created crises of climate change, degradation of nature, and social disruption. This change of perspective requires nothing less than a profound shift in worldview. A shift from seeing Earth as a dead rock, which we use as our pantry, our lumber yard and our waste dump, to seeing our planet as a self-regulating, living Earth - a beautiful planetary jewel from which all life has emerged. This new worldview is the fertile ground from which innovative solutions to the many crises facing humanity can grow.
   

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Deep Time Walk is a project by Schumacher College, part of the Dartington Hall Trust and Geoff Ainscow from Conscious Elders Network