©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Taking a moment to enjoy the extent of the climate change protest.
There are new hopes for climate change protesters with the accord found in Paris. To keep temperature increase below two degrees, 100 billion on funding, are at the forefront. America is finally on the agreement, unlike the disappointment following the Copenhagen accord. Gratefully, there was specific mention by many to the importance that social protest, the role of the public and specific organisations in advocacy, protest, demonstrations, in forcing the agreement to be fund. Public protest has been a worldwide constant in pressuring business and government to take responsibility. It has been slow to come about, but the tipping point has arrived, it seems.
©Barry Sandland/TIMB – An easy police presence was at the Ostend march, seen occasionally on the sidelines.
The cost of the COP21 conference is about $200 million. What is less known is that private business, some of the heaviest fossil fuel corporations paid about 20% of the bill. That is about $40 million. Continue reading
©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. Continue reading
©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Looking forward to new hopes in worldwide climate management.
I tend to do a basic Google search for COP21Paris movement. To see if there might be some advance, some agreement, that would make this gathering leave me wth greater hope than in past years. The latest has been the 100 countries coalition that has gathered, including the USA, to bring about a new agreement for 100% renewable energy by 2050. That is three and a half decades and seems to reach of far into the distance. But, of course, there will be a constant advance to the goal. Hopefully something to see on the journey. Continue reading
©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Friends in tow, and a chance to protest.
Belgium struggled to find an agreement to use at the COP21 talks in Paris – but it seemed only last minute deadlines could force agreement. Continue reading
©Barry Sandland/TIMB – A true carbon neutral participant for the march.
There is something that forces a smile when it is pretty clear the participant at the climate march had a zero footprint when attending,. No car, no train, no bus. OK, we can discuss the manufacture of the bike and parts, but we all have to have points of tolerance. Continue reading
©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Leading the parade…
COP21 Paris march in Ostende – Protests have been an essential element in the gains being found in Paris. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world have raised their voices, increased pressure on politicians, raised awareness amongst their communities. .. And a man with a bike and a dog works for me. Continue reading
Today is the one year mark for This Is My Bike. The beginning of year two. There have been over 300 cyclists featured on the site. When I began, I was hoping to be able to keep the flow going. One year behind me, I start to see themes and rhythms in the content – and the potential for the second year. Read on for more… Continue reading
©Barry Sandand/TIMB – We might have to wait for a solar powered bicycle
With the final days of COP21, I was at the massive Climate March in Ostende, Belgium, yesterday. Cyclists were naturals and This Is My Bike is going to break from the interviews to feature the Climate March and some of the participants, particularly bicyclists, over the coming week. Greenpeace gets the opening salvo.
©Barry Sandland/TIMB – A litte tongue-in-cheek remark
“Thankfully we have one of the warmest Novembers in decades which is perfect. And I am more than happy to keep it like this, to be honest.” Continue reading