Friday 19 March | Elisabeth Lusche

For her #100DaysOfGreenNevis project, American trumpeter Elisabeth Lusche is walking and running ‘500 Miles’ over 100 days to raise money for the John Muir Trust and the Sierra Club.

At day 47 we’re nearly halfway through the 100 days so we checked in with Elisabeth to see how she’s getting on with her challenge – this is what she had to say! You can see her first post here.

Happy Day 47 of our #100DaysOfGreenNevis challenge, and Happy Global Day of Climate Action!

About a month and a half ago, I set myself the challenge of walking 500 miles in 100 days to raise funds for the John Muir Trust (Scotland) and the Sierra Club (USA). For those keeping score, at the time of writing this blog I’ve walked 218.72 miles and raised £1000 (or $1385) total for the two organisations. 

A significant milestone for me was passing the 211 mile mark a few days ago. This is because the John Muir Trail – a long-distance hiking trail named for the same Scottish-American naturalist that founded the Sierra Club and for which the John Muir Trust is also named – is 211 miles long. The trail runs through a portion of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California from Mount Whitney to Yosemite Valley, and although I’ve hiked several sections of it multiple times, thru-hiking it has always felt daunting. Six weeks into the Green Nevis challenge, though, and I’ve effectively gone the distance.

Of course, I didn’t have to scale any mountain passes or face any of the other challenges presented by thru-hiking in the wilderness (other than inclement weather – we have plenty of that here in Holland), but passing the 211 milestone has given me a new perspective on a challenge that I have often categorized as “too difficult” without much experience or consideration.

Here is a snippet of our intrepid trumpeters Elisabeth and Tessa playing a very familiar song on top of Ben Nevis, way back on our very first tour in 2018.

The Nevis Ensemble aims to bring music to everyone, everywhere. Climate change affects everyone, everywhere, too. Many have asked why Nevis often goes to extreme lengths to bring concerts to new audiences, and perhaps the simplest answer is because we feel that music is worth sharing – and that, in fact, to not share it would be a shame. I believe the same goes for the planet: I’ve been lucky to travel and see beautiful nature, but there is enough evidence in the humblest of city parks that our environment is worth our best efforts at conservation.

Most days, I’m intimidated by the challenges posed by climate change. But some days – like the day when I completed my 211th mile – I’m reminded of the simple truth that even the longest journeys begin with a single step. Today is Global Day of Climate Action, so I’m compelled to ask: What step can be taken for the planet today?

If you are able, you can sponsor Elisabeth’s walk for the climate through her John Muir Trust JustGiving page here or through her Sierra Club fundraiser here.

A photo taken on one of Elisabeth’s walks

From 1 February 2021, Nevis is running #100DaysOfGreenNevis, where our musicians, staff and trustees will each take on a task for 100 days linked to Sustainability. We’d love for members of the public to join us, either by following the campaign online to get ideas of what they can do, or to show us their own actions for us to share. If you would like to know more, do get in touch at georgina@nevisensemble.org 

Nevis Ensemble’s #GreenNevis campaign in 2019 won the Environmental Sustainability award at the 2020 Scottish Awards for New Music, and was shortlisted for Best Campaign by Julie’s Bicycle.