Martyn Edelsten, who we know from his voluntary work for Spokes around Edinburgh, called today to tell us about another cycling initiative he is helping to organise. He’s setting off on a two-week ride with a group of friends to join the estimated million activists who will be arriving in Paris for the Climate Change Summit on 12 December.
For more information, check out their press release
It’s not Ho Ho Ho for a group of cyclists from Scotland this winter
It’s Go Go Go to the UN Climate Change Summit in Paris
A small group of friends concerned about climate change are cycling from Edinburgh to Paris in December this year, to lobby world leaders at the UN Climate Change conference.
Through the ride we hope to raise public awareness of the UN conference and the importance of world leaders reaching an agreement on actions to mitigate climate change. We are doing this by publicising the ride to cyclists, friends and numerous organisations all over Scotland, through different networks, by contact with the media before, during and after the ride and by giving a short talk at stopover points.
We are asking everyone we are in touch with to inform themselves, to lobby political leaders wherever possible, and to pledge to reduce their individual carbon footprint, rather than asking for donations.
Our target is to join an estimated million activists at the Tour Eiffel on 12/12/15.
We are the only group cycling from Scotland.
Our page http://edinburgh2paris.org
Although we are liaising with UK charities campaigning on Climate Change, we are cycling as an independent group because the charities are wary of being responsible for a ride “for health and safety and insurance reasons “.
We will leave Edinburgh on 28/11, feed into the London-Paris ride on 6/12 and arrive in Paris on 10/12, a ride of 750 miles over 13 days – i.e. about 60 miles per day.
We are cycling down the west side of the UK, via Moffat, Penrith, Lancaster, Chester, Telford, Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford, London. Other riders may join us as we head south.
Friends of the group will provide a back-up vehicle along the route to London.
Friends and organisations are putting us up in homes and halls.
We have not been fund-raising for the ride as the current riders are supporting themselves. But if prospective riders cannot cover costs, the group will look for help from charities and friends who have shown an interest in the ride.
Four men and two women. Age range 42-73. Personal statements available.
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