Critical climate mass brings a sustainable protest to Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Hundreds of cyclists riding through Brussels to protest climate change

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Sustainable energy meets sustainable protest in Brussels as hundreds of cyclists called for action to limit the damages of climate change.

Brussels cyclists banded together Nov 18 to protest rising climate temperatures – in a two-wheeled protest that amplified the role cycling can have in a city’s responsible future.

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Cyclists wearing French language banner that translates to We are sounding the alarm at a protest ride in Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – “We are sounding the alarm”. Cyclists in protest to climate change

Structured as a Critical Mass ride, a swathe of cyclists, in the hundreds, ride through the city, showing (yet another) civil protest to the fossil heavy, car-dependent lifestyle that simply has to change.

And a bike friendly city design has to be created in order to bring substantial environmental change into our daily life. I mean, what embraces sustainable energy and transport better than a human-powered bicycle?

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Protestors leave an imprint of the decal Climate Justice as a reminder of the protest

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Temporary protest imprints at select locations.

The ride has become all the more urgent as we see a world where, with US President Donald Trump, fossil based energy companies are being set free to create their last great financial windfall – at any price.

And the TransCanada oil pipeline, assured to be the safest ever built by the TransCanada company, has spewed hundreds of thousands of gallons of raw oil into the Dakota soil.

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Hundreds of cyclists riding through Brussels to protest climate change

Barry Sandland/TIMB – Hundreds of cyclists joined the mass ride that weaved through the city.

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