December 06, 2009

A busy week in the lead up to Copenhagen…


Sorry we are having technical difficulties so will hopefully will be showing you some supercool photos very soon!

We've had a crazy busy week, preparing for the big cycle off!

Last Saturday - Jesse went home to Bristol and visited the countdown to Copenhagen exhibition at the Arnolfini. Very inspiring! They have set up workshop spaces within the gallery to design the bikebloc - creating prototypes of new bikes that can be used in Copenhagen! We can get our bikes pimped!

Sunday - After a late night at Owen and Bunny's birthday party, we dragged ourselves (i mean jumped!) onto our bikes for TRAINING! Indeed we cycled to STRATFORD and back! A beautiful scenic hilly way there (18m - 1h 45mins) followed by hot chocolate and tea cakes in Hatherway's Tea Shop - much needed! I'll be honest and tell you we very nearly caught the train home but seeing how long it would take, the boys thought - why not cycle?! hmmm. A tad traumatic journey along the A roads to make a quicker journey back home. Dark, wet, windy. But we made it! (10m - 1hr 20mins) Physical and mental barriers overcome, nice hot bubble baths had to follow!

Thursday - Our much awaiting Climate Exchange fundraiser finally came into place. Owen and Jesse hosted a night of Promises Auction and entertainment - with Charlie in charge of the finances. Much thanks to societies, people and planeters and generous friends and attenders for all their bidding and singing. So much fun was had and we raised a whopping (nearly) £500 - way over anything we had hoped for! Lots of happy faces at successful bids - top prices went to Chris' double-page 'ego spread' in the Boar (£36!), Jesse's monthly delivery of fresh home-baked bread, and Diane's popular cookies and fudge... These donations are so important in order to fund our sustainable (but v. expensive) menthosd travel! We can add this to the £210 we recieved from the Student's Union. Yay!

Saturday - We organised a coach to take a whole 50 Warwick students to the Wave march in London - UKs biggest Climate Change march ever - with approx 50,000 people! It was lots and lots of fun! Warwick banners were flying, we were all blued up and spirits were high and we marched and danced along with a Samba band. Owen held the fort with the Quakers, Charlie led the Warwickers, as Jesse found her parent's band (they're awesome!) and her Godfather Mark who is cycling to Copenhagen today with her dad!! It was great to see so many people coming together and making thier voices heard about the urgency to take action on Climate Change. 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8396696.stm


November 30, 2009

How Old Will YOU Be in 2050?

How Old Will You Be in 2050?

Hey,

This December is very important - not because it begins with my birthday…not even because Christmas isn’t all that far away (I’ll admit, I am getting a little bit excited by the awesome lights in Leamington parade!)…

December 2009 is massively important because world leaders will gather in Copenhagen and decide our futures. We hope that the UN Climate Conference will produce an agreement that commits all countries to hugely reducing their carbon emissions. We need such a deal to avoid all the instability that climate change will bring (such as famine and the creation of hundreds of millions of climate refugees) if we carry on as we are.

Many commentators are predicting that there will only be a weak deal in Copenhagen because developed countries such as the U.S. are not offering enough financial assistance to developing countries such as India to quit cheap and easy fossil fuels and invest in renewable energy.

But we can’t let Copenhagen be a flop! The U.K. can influence other countries such as the U.S. to commit to sealing the right deal, and we can influence the U.K. representatives.

Who are we? We are the youth. We are the people who stand to be most affected by climate change – not the politicians in Copenhagen. Many of us will be roughly 60 years old in 2050, by which year scientists predict we need at least an 80% reduction in carbon emission. We may well have our own families. And we obviously we want to create a better, cleaner world for ourselves and our families to live in.

>> There are many ways that you can demand this change :

-         Come on the ‘Wave’ march in London this Saturday 5th December . It will be the biggest ever march against climate change in the U.K. There is a return coach from campus for £5. http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/event.php?eid=182502783472&index=1

-         ‘Climate Exchange’ Fundraiser for the Wave coach subsidy and three Warwick students (including yours truly!) who are cycling to Copenhagen. This Thursday 8-12pm at the Jug and Jester pub in Leamington. Lots of great live music, a promises auction (you can bid for people to, for example, do your washing up) and magic! You can also buy your Wave coach ticket here. http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/event.php?eid=233176819656&index=1

-         Look out for the ‘Copenhagen space’ and Copenhagen actions on campus in week 10, and make sure to get involved with Go Green Week 2010, which is happening in week 1 of term 2 to keep up the momentum.

-         Follow the Warwick cyclists here blogging on our experiences: en route, observing the protests, volunteering at the ‘people’s conference’, and staying with Danish hosts. http://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/cycle2copenhagen/

This is our opportunity. We are visionaries. We care about our future. We are youth.

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=317439370455&ref=mf


November 25, 2009

Well on our planning way…

Hello everyone,

We have only just set up our blog so we thought we should update you on our planning progress so far. 

So you're cycling to Copenhagen we hear you cry?!

Yes. And this is how...

We will be setting off on Wednesday 9th December from Coventry train station at 1.30pm. From there we will catch a train (with our bikes) to Harwich International, via London. This is where our ferry will depart at 6pm. We'll sail across to Denmark on a mammoth ferry and Charlie is predicting sea sick :-s

Once on the shores of Esbjerg (Thurs 1pm) we shall begin our cycling marathon to Copenhagen. 

Day 1- cycle Esbjerg-Kolding (depending how far we get!)

Day 2 - cycle Kolding-Odense, train-Roskilde (we don't have much time!)

Day 3- cycle Roskilde-Copenhagen just in time for the Saturday actions! 


The rest - tbc...!!

We shall be - attending demonstrations, filming actions and interviews, writing reports, volunteering at Klima Forum, skyping Warwick students... and blogging!

SO we shall keep you updated! - so far we have ferries and (most) trains booked, contacted potential (free)hosts and started to train (a bit)!

Hej hej! Jesse, Charlie and Owen xx


We're famous! – Our Boar article…

This December, in Copenhagen , the most important meeting of our generation will take place. United Nations representatives from across the world will come together to negotiate a new agreement on Climate Change: the successor to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. Copenhagen is crucially important because we are running out of time: scientists are repeatedly revising their predictions on the scale on the climate problem upwards, and it is becoming increasingly clear that we are reaching the ‘point of no return’ in the earth’s climate systems. We must act now before it is too late.

Climate Change will affect our generation the most – it is we who are young enough to live to experience its effects, and it is therefore obvious that young people should be central to the events in Copenhagen. We often feel unrepresented by the politicians who seem to be doing so little to address the issue, but it is empowering to view this as a fantastic opportunity to build a better, cleaner and more sustainable world.

This vision has motivated three Warwick students – Owen Everett, Jesse Meadows and Charlie Game – from the People and Planet society to cycle to Copenhagen for part of the conference – we will make sure that the voice of young people (and in particular, the voice of Warwick students) is heard.

Our plan is to get to Copenhagen in time for the main events of the conference. Travel will be mainly by bike, in order to demonstrate that sustainable transport is viable and to minimise our carbon footprint in getting there (as well as making it much more of an adventure!)

We will be in frequent contact with a team of campus-based students who will provide updates of our progress and experiences, and as Warwick delegates we will be acting as alternative media – we want to make sure that the story of what is going on in Copenhagen, both inside and outside of the conference, is told accurately.

However, we also want to provide a personal link between students at home and a conference that will be literally deciding our future. We will achieve this through making a video diary, keeping internet blogs, taking photos and writing articles for campus and local media on our return. All of this will be focused on recording our experiences: en route, as we represent Warwick students through participating in some of the many planned protests (such as the huge Floor for Climate Justice march on Saturday December 12th), forging links with international students and volunteering at the Klima Forum; the ‘people’s climate summit’. Go Green Week will take place in week 1 of term 2, to sustain the momentum coming out of Copenhagen and to engage Warwick students in the ways you can act to join the movement.

It is easy to get depressed when you get involved in climate activism. The media is currently full of pessimistic articles suggesting that there may not be any significant deal at Copenhagen, because at preliminary talks there has been little agreement amongst developed countries (who have contributed most to the problem) on the crucial issue of them funding the energy transition of developing countries. However, we would die of frustration just sitting at home and shouting at the television. We will be joining many thousands of like-minded people (many of them our age), who are determined to, at minimum, show our great passion for this issue, and our refusal to let politicians try to fob us off with a weak, non-binding ‘deal’. Of course, our role will be just one small part of a whole array of action, pressure and protest, both here and at Copenhagen, which will ensure that the decisions taken have our future at their heart, and which will endure as long as necessary.

It’s not all about the trip – we want to make sure that the Copenhagen conference and the Climate Change issue get the publicity that they not only deserve, but truly need. Keep a look out for upcoming talks and events, including our fundraiser night of entertainment on Thursday Week 9 (Dec 3rd) at 8pm in ‘Jug and Jester’ (Leamington). If you want to get involved (please do!) or want more information, please get in touch. We hope to have a substantial 'campus team' who will coordinate things from this end, and they need volunteers! – email environmentcampaigns@warwicksu.com


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