Climate change cyclists to depart Truro Cathedral, bound for UN talks in Germany
Three cyclists will set off from Truro Cathedral on a journey to deliver a report to the COP23 UN climate change conference in Bonn, Germany.
Along their route, the trio will publicise the 10 Climate Change Pledges and invite others to join them by committing to helping the environment.
The men, Euan McPhee, from Falmouth, Roger Creagh-Osborne, from Launceston, and Ewan Jones, from Bruton in Somerset, will leave Truro Cathedral on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at 3pm. An event to mark the occasion and give the cyclists a good send-off will begin at 2.30pm – and all are welcome.
Similar journey in 2015
The three did a similar journey in 2015, delivering a report to COP21 in Paris on the success to date of the Climate Change Pledge programme.
This time they will travel from Plymouth to Roscoff, with the generous help of Brittany Ferries, and then on by train to Paris and the point at which their trip ended in 2015. They will then commence their journey by pedal-power across France, Belgium and into Germany, cycling a total of around 1,000km.
Luci Isaacson, who masterminded the Climate Change Pledges and is the Environment Officer for the Diocese of Truro, said: “Our cyclists are continuing their journey by riding onwards from Paris to Bonn, covering 350 miles, to take our updates and our voices asking for serious action at governmental level to match what we are all doing in civic society.”
The next round of climate change talks will take place in Bonn from November 6-17 this year.
“We owe it to our children and to all the other species with whom we share the planet.”
Euan McPhee said: “Having cycled to Paris two years ago to express support for the climate change agreement, we need to maintain the pressure to match, if not exceed, the targets that have been agreed. We owe it to our children and to all the other species with whom we share the planet.”
On his blog, at www.on2bonn.uk cyclist Roger Creagh-Osborne wrote: “Personally I find this an even more important event than COP21 in Paris; there are hopeful signs of a culture shift in civic society – albeit with some strange manifestations (loose-cannon leaders getting elected, unexpected voting results, and so on).
“Ecology must be put back on the agenda, we need to develop a culture to support that and this pilgrimage and its story is part of that effort to give us collective strength and belief.
Wheel is turning
“Now is surely the time to be in Bonn both to bear witness to, and to participate in, the interface between the old order of the second half of the twentieth century and the new order that is to come. The wheel is turning.”