Chris Cayley asks, “Which is more important in the climate debate and why am I cycling again in the week before COP27?”
A few weeks ago Adam Woodhall, CEO of Lawyers for Net Zero, posted a poll on LinkedIn asking which we needed more, hope or determination.
Around the time of the conservative leadership debates I watched Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss answer a question about climate action in ways that genuinely engendered feelings of anger and more like visceral despair. Thankfully, confirmation that Ride the Change ‘22 will go ahead has given me reasons to hope.
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.