October 30, 2017

Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group – Moving for Climate NOW

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.

Shared objective

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.

Joint and individual action

Siobhan says:

“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 1.5C.

“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.” 

Key messages

Moving for Climate NOW highlights the following issues:

  • Fighting climate change is a cross-disciplinary effortthat helps meet the rest of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and achieve well-being for everyone on the planet
  • Clean energies(renewables, energy storage, mobility, etc.) are under a deep technological revolution that can spur solutions to climate change
  • Fighting climate change should also be an opportunityto create jobs, improve air quality in our cities, enhance public health, safeguard biodiversity, our oceans, water resources and the agro/food sector
  • All nations should preserve the multilateral consensusachieved in the Paris Agreement and advance collectively towards ambitious and inclusive global climate action, focusing on mitigation of climate change impacts and also on building climate adaptation and resiliency, especially in the most vulnerable regions
  • The right policies and the right tools are needed now. Every minute counts. Public authorities should take advantage of all opportunities for action to implementing the Paris Agreement, including new regulations, economic and fiscal instruments, public procurement to boost companies that are more committed to climate, leading by example at their own facilities, education and awareness schemes
  • Building innovative alliancesis an opportunity to achieve success. Public-private partnerships, multi-stakeholder or cross-sector alliances that are built sharing the same values and targets to optimise resources and enhance
  • The financial system should mobilisethe huge volume of economic resources needed to finance the transition towards a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy. Sustainable financing, mainly from private sector, will be key to tackle this challenge and, in particular, to achieve at least the annual $100 billion climate finance roadmap for 2020, set by the Paris Agreement
  • The technological transitionshould be completed as soon as possible and mechanisms should be set up to transfer it to developing and vulnerable communities
  • Companies should use their resourcesto help create a low-carbon, climate-friendly and resilient economy as soon as possible
  • The general public and social organisationsshould implement the values and habits that are crucial to solve the current climatic crossroad we face
  • Energy, which is the main cause of the problem, should also be the main source of solutions with a model based on clean energies, sustainable mobility and energy efficiency. And, the good news is that technological progress is on the side of the climate.