23 November 2009

Cyclist takes the road to Copenhagen Climate Conference

Ben Bradley will be cycling 140 miles to the United Nations climate change conference at Copenhagen, with a clear message for world leaders: It's not raining, it's pouring - time to act on climate change.

Ben, Events Coordinator for the Methodist Church, will take to the road with a team of 28 cyclists from Christian Aid, to cycle 140 miles in three days with Christian Aid. They will join a mass rally in Copenhagen on Saturday 12 December. While in Copenhagen, Ben will also deliver a letter of solidarity from the President of the British Methodist Conference to representative from Bangladesh.

You can follow Ben's progress, find out more and even view his commute to work on his blog (watch out for attack of the pigeon!) at www.climatecycleride.blogspot.com. "Our message is that we are behind the efforts to find a unifying agreement that sets us on the road to meet difficult carbon reduction targets," said Ben. "People in developing nations are already feeling the effects of climate change and it is irresponsible for us to do anything other than strive for a radical solution to cut excess carbon dioxide levels."

The riders will set off from London on December 9 and reach the Danish capital on the evening of December 12 following a ferry ride and three days of cycling through England and Denmark.

Ben added, "I am a bit worried about the cold, but I am more worried that there won't be a deal on the cards when we get there and that the United Nations will opt for a less courageous package. I hope the presence of campaigners will put pressure on world leaders to reach the deal needed to make a difference."

The Methodist Church, the Baptist Union of Great Britain and the United Reformed Church have urged the European Union to agree cuts of at least 40% below 1990 levels by 2020 and for these cuts to be made without extensive use of carbon offsets. The three churches have produced a report and study guide called Hope in God's Future. The booklet, available from Methodist Publishing (www.mph.org.uk), takes the reader on a journey using the changing mood of a worship service as a framework for considering climate change and people's effect on the planet.

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