October 30, 2017
Siobhan Dunn, Acting Project Director, Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group, will join an e-cycle expedition that aims to cover 800 kilometers from Paris to Bonn from 30 October-5 November 2017. This international contingent is aiming to raise awareness of climate change in the run up to this year’s UN Conference on Climate Change.
The 23rd meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be held in Bonn, under the chairmanship of Fiji, 6-17 November. The meeting is referred to informally as COP 23.
The expedition, Moving for Climate NOW, is co-organised by United Nations Global Compact Spanish Network and Iberdrola the parent company of Scottish Power. Samantha Barber, Vice Chair, Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group, is a member of Iberdrola’s board.
The initiative aims to bring together a multidisciplinary and diverse team of climate committed people that will travel on electric bicycles from Paris to the upcoming Bonn Climate Summit under the presidency of the Fiji Government in Bonn (COP23) next November. Their common objective is to deliver a message on the urgency of uniting to take and demand action to stop climate change. It also aims to increase the visibility and support the climate negotiations taking place in Bonn (COP23).
The itinerary includes seven stages to be performed on electric bicycles. The core team will depart from Paris (France) on Monday, 30 October and arrive in Bonn on Sunday, 5 November. The route will go through Peronne, Roubaix, Bruges and Brussels. Siobhan Dunn and Linda White (Scottish Power) are joining as stakeholders from Scotland and will complete two stages through Belgium, 2-3 November. Throughout the journey the team will be discussing and reflecting on the different aspects of climate challenge and its deep and broad implications.
“It’s been a year since the Paris Agreement came into force. The aim is clear: reduce greenhouse gas emissions steadily, starting now, to cap global warming at 1.5◦C.
“The 2020 Group has been reinforcing the message with businesses in Scotland, emphasising the opportunities as well as the challenges of moving towards a low carbon economy. But each of us has a part to play as individuals too.
“As well as the cycle ride, participants will be involved in organised discussions along the way, each exploring a specific aspect of climate change. I am looking forward to learning from the other people taking part from different nations and organisations, and to sharing that learning through social media and a blog.”
Moving for Climate NOW highlights the following issues: