Walking piece details
Deep Time Walk enables anyone, anywhere in the world, to experience a 4.6bn year history of Earth.
• Walk 4.6km through 4.6 billion years of Earth history – each metre represents 1 million years
• A rich user interface uses the pedometer to track your steps and guide you across Earth’s evolutionary timeline
• Join the characters of a scientist and a fool as they journey across deep time
• Learn about key concepts from Earth’s evolution and big history
• Time-contextual glossary available to look up more complex concepts
• Mobility-assist mode available for those unable to walk
• Available for iOS and Android devices
During the dramatised walk you learn how our planet evolved over this vast stretch of time, including the accretion of the Earth from a disc of rocky debris, the formation of the oceans and atmosphere, the appearance of bacteria – the first life, then the first nucleated cells, and eventually, multicellular organisms and us.
The script is written by Dr. Stephan Harding from Schumacher College (and a collaborator with James Lovelock) and Peter Oswald (ex Playwright in Residence at Shakespeare Globe, London). The audio is directed by Jeremy Mortimer (who has produced over 200 productions for BBC Radio 3/4), with the narrative brought to life by Chipo Chung (Doctor Who, Sherlock, Into the Badlands), Paul Hilton (Garrow’s Law, The Bill, Silent Witness) and Peter Marinker (Love Actually, Event Horizon, Judge Dredd).
The transformative walk combines science with humanities to help people gain a somatic perspective of the immense age of Earth, learn about the key evolutionary events that occurred across deep time, experience our interconnected ancestral heritage with all life and understand the geological impact of humanity in the era of the anthropocene. We hope it gives a sense of awe and wonder and inspires care and reverence for our Earth.
“When I experience the Deep Time Walk, I experience who I am.” Satish Kumar, Editor of Resurgence Magazine and Vice President, RSPCA
“A very clever idea … giving participants a vivid sense of the vast history of the Earth, and humanity’s small and very recent part in it.” Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, River Cottage
“The most efficacious process we have for initiating ourselves into this radical transformation of human consciousness.”
Professor Brian Swimme, California Institute of Integral Studies
Such a powerful tool for bringing one’s own organism into resonance with the organic Earth.” David Abram, Author, The Spell of the Sensuous
“Everyone needs to do this walk, a trip through deep time exploring the history of the earth.” – Apple Store Review
“I’ve been amazed by it and its incredible pedagogical potentials.” – App Store Review “It blew me away. Beautiful and inspiring!” – Facebook review
“A perfect experiential journey into the mind-expanding story of our one, beautiful home – and ourselves. Awestruck.” – App Store Review