Cycling to the Paris Climate Summit with Oswaldo
The plan is to cycle to Paris with a group from Tear Fund starting from Dieppe on the French coast on Tuesday week arriving to coincide with the UN Climate Summit taking place with 200 nations in the first 2 weeks in December. You all would have heard of the horrific attacks in Paris on Friday. This may change what I and all the other people going to Paris by bike and on foot will do. But I think that the talks will go ahead as otherwise it would be seen as a victory for those who use violence over civil society and international co-operation but for sure the security will be higher than ever.
The idea of all of us going to Paris is to PASS IT ON. What I am hoping to pass on is a concern about Climate Change, for Fairness between rich and poor people and nations, and the hope that if we all act together then we have a chance of keeping this beautiful and generous world for all future generations. For many of us walking and cycling it is a pilgrimage and an expression of our Christian faith – that all might ‘have life in all it’s abundance’.
I will be passing it on through a daily blog and I also have a companion with me – Oswaldo Owl who is also going to blog daily back for children with his adventures. With Oswaldo I am hoping to make sense of what’s going on in Paris and why people are going there. Also why sustainably travelling without fossil fuels. There will be a daily blog from Tuesday 24th for a week. I will also passing on 500 postcards from New Forest Schoolchildren to give to leaders at the summit.
Finally, I have opened a Just Giving Account if you’d like to contribute to Practical Action, a charity that has for years worked through local people in disadvantaged communities helping them to combat poverty and climate change using their own creativity.
I am very grateful to Tear Fund for organising this
Mark Hancock 15th November 2015