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FROM BRIGHTON TO GLASGOW: Meet the cyclists heading to Cop26 in the name of climate change

 

From Brighton to Glasgow - on the 31st of October, the COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The UK government has said it is committed to working with all countries and joining forces with civil society, companies and people on the frontline of climate change to inspire climate action ahead of COP26.

To highlight the importance of the fight against climate change, a group of cyclists are riding over 500 miles from Brighton to Glasgow in an attempt to send the message to world leaders that serious action is needed now.

Along the way, the team hope to showcase some of the amazing community groups across the country who are getting stuck into climate solutions which, the team have said, demonstrate that the technology and know-how is already there to take a huge step towards protecting out planet.

And there is a chance for you to get involved! The team said “we’ve planned a route from #BrightonToGlasgow which other people are welcome to use all or part of. Please bear in mind it has been planned using maps and Street View to connect existing cycle routes and hasn’t been test-ridden, so there may be a few niggles.

“It uses a mixture of quiet lanes, cycle paths, and National Cycle Network disused railway trails. There are a few short stretches of more busy roads. It is quite hilly in places, especially in the Pennines and Scottish Borders.”

The aim is to cycle around 60 miles a day, which is what the ‘core group’ of cyclists who started from Brighton will be doing to complete the ride in 9 days.

Journalist William Ranieri is following the team on their incredible journey, speaking to people along the way.

 


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