Do not underestimate the value of a bike ride in fighting climate change

©Barry Sandland/TIMB Woman w bike on park bench watching the Ostende climate march.

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Cities are massive contributors to gas emissions – and every bike ride contributes to its decline.

If countries decide agreements, the influence and importance of cities cannot be underestimated. Every second, world cities populations increased by two people. By 2050,  the target date for climate talks, will have increased from 3.9 billion to 6.4 billion. How cities engage in the struggle to slow, precent, reverse climate warming is essential. And cities produce three-quarters of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

More people, more cars on streets of developing countries, more waste management…  We only have to see Beijing and the pollution levels that are so heavy, landmarks are hidden from view, an artists has created a brick from pollution sucked into his vacuum cleaner, and the threat to health that is an everyday reality. The add India and their surge to become on par with the western governments.

The struggle for climate management is increasingly difficult as the participants are more numerous and the cost of creating enough energy for their populations is incredibly high. But it also shows that cities can have impact on pollution, and the efforts to reverse worldwide trends. That so many of us live in cities, all the more reason why it is important that we make efforts to decrease our footprint. And there are few efforts as substantial and proven as riding a bike every day, for every journey under four kilometres.

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