Routes of Change is a registered non-profit society based in Tofino, BC, Canada, with plans to be active throughout the planet.

Our mission is to use adventure and entertainment to support the unsung leaders of our planet as they work to create a healthy future for all beings.

We believe that there is no avoiding change so we might as well embrace it and share ways that we can better adapt to a new sustainable way of life on earth. We share stories of adventure and exploration of the planet by human powered means. By speaking face to face, through presentations, films, books, blogs, tv, media, and most forms of communication we aim to inspire change. Routes of Change.

Our vision is one of compassion and appreciation for all beings in the universe.

Markus is traveling in one consecutive journey around the world by as many motor less means as possible, including rowing, swimming, kayaking, standup paddleboarding, sailing, running, biking, skiing, skateboarding, velomobiling, walking backwards, and pogosticking. Friends and fellow adventurers will join for support throughout the journey and help to create change through communication, education, and entertainment. Each leg of the route will be in partnership with a local social or environmental organization in order to build the movement towards a wiser earth.

The journey is expected to take about five years with weather and political situations largely influencing the route and timing. Markus is not planning on breaking any records, but he will likely create new ones. We are committed to building Routes of Change into a powerful force of change to create a better future for generations to come.

It is time to change, Routes of Change.

The Story:

6 years ago I got a call from my dad, he told me that he was diagnosed with Leukemia. If he didn’t have chemotherapy right away he had about 2 weeks to live. At the time I was fighting forest fires and living a good life traveling to sunny and warm locales in the off season, but something didn’t feel right.

I was feeling like I wasn’t living up to my potential as a human and felt the need to be more active in the environmental and social justice movements. I felt the need to be more creative, more active, and to give more of my energy to the world. My sister was pregnant at the time and this made me think even more about my responsibility to use my privileged Canadian position to create a healthier world for my niece.

On my flight home to be with my Dad I came up with the Routes of Change project. Routes of Change is the perfect projection of all of my passions on the planet. It is my answer to the question, “what do you want to be doing when you are told you are going to die?” You are going to die. Find out what you love and work towards doing more of it. Routes of Change is what I want to be doing and how I want to be living when death presents itself.

I want to help create a healthy future for our generations to come and this is the best way I know how, by using my talents and passions to raise support for organizations that are working hard to create a better earth.