When my mum was seven months pregnant with me, she accidentally went on a stomach-churning, womb-turning fairground ride. You could say that after that, I was born ready for the rollercoaster ride of life. But not even that pre-birth training prepared me for the emotional rollercoaster which was the last two weeks.
Ride the Change – our community driven cycle ride for climate action – has really been testing my limits. After the enormous success of last year’s inaugural cycle from London to Glasgow, we were eager to build Ride the Change into an annual pre-COP event. But were we going to be able to make it happen, or weren’t we?
While the world watches COP26 with varying degrees of trepidation and optimism, Transport Day gave us pause to reflect on Ride the Change to COP26; a social bike ride that saw 175 cyclists pedal from London to Glasgow to show that climate action matters.
Straight up, we think bicycles are brilliant. We need a lot more active travel, sustainable transport infrastructure and affordable slow travel – pronto. Ride the Change showed us that bikes can be more than a mode of transport. They’re a symbol of change.
Read on and see the impact of Ride the Change so far, and see how the heroic riders inspired active travel and climate pledges along the way.
SSE entered Do Nation’s metaphorical HQ (we’re fully remote) back in April 2021 looking for a programme that could help connect and engage employees with their net zero strategy and partnership with COP26.
Julia Chalmers led the charge and, with a helping hand from the Do Team, designed a brilliantly successful engagement programme. Let’s find out how they did it.
Back in August 2006, my friend Pippa died whilst taking a shower, while travelling in Morocco.
Pippa was the kind of person who really grabbed life with both hands. She was someone who threw herself into every opportunity that came her way with energy and grace. She was a supportive friend who cared for others and really made the most out of life.
This year marks Do Nation’s 10th Anniversary, and as I reflect back on the journey we’ve been on, inspiring climate action amongst 10,000s of people, I can’t help but think of Pippa, and the pivotal role she’ll never know she’s played. It’s a part of our story I haven’t often voiced, but it’s one that I want to share now.