Young Cycling UN Climate Ambassadors to Stop over in Bonn on 13 July
Two young people from Wellington, New Zealand, are cycling 10,000 km across Europe in an epic endeavor to raise awareness for climate action as United Nations “climate ambassadors” and are stopping over in Bonn on 13 July, where they can be interviewed by the media.
During their trip, the two young cyclists are visiting projects related to the work of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat and are blogging about the efforts of many cities and non-governmental organizations to tackle climate change. They are also giving talks to school and university students along the way.
In Bonn, they are visiting the secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and will be looking at what the city of Bonn is doing to fight climate change, plus key institutions such as the International Renewable Energy Agency, which has an office in Bonn.
A media encounter and photo opportunity with the ambassadors and the spokesperson of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Mr. Nick Nuttall, will take place on Thursday, 13 July at 10:30 outside of the main entrance to the UN Campus, at Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1, 53113 Bonn.
Media representatives are ask to send a mail to Cecile Camenen, CCamenen@unfccc.int, if they can attend, copied to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Young UNFCCC Climate Ambassadors
The UNFCCC climate ambassadors Inka Vogt and Fabian Beveridge are both 18 years old, and have just completed secondary school. They began their trip in Porto, Portugal, in March of this year before cycling through Spain, France, Belgium and now Germany. They will cycle through several other countries before returning to Bonn in time for the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn (COP23, 6 – 17 November) as part of a larger group of cyclists to raise awareness.
The carbon emissions from their flights, totaling about 6 tonnes, have been offset by helping fund a project in Thailand via the UN's Climate Neutral Now initiative.
The Climate Neutral Now initiative enables individuals, companies and governments to measure their carbon footprints, reduce emissions where possible and offset the rest with UN-certified emission reductions, while at the same time investing in sustainable development projects in developing countries.
As climate ambassadors, Inka and Fabian will be visiting NGOs and Climate Neutral Now participants along their route, as well as Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activities. These are practical, scalable and replicable examples of what people, businesses, governments and industries are doing to tackle climate change. Momentum for Change is an initiative spearheaded by the UN Climate Change secretariat.
Follow Inka and Fabian’s climate neutral journey on Instagram, Facebook or visit their blog. They are using the hashtag #Bike4Climate
About the UNFCCC
With 197 Parties, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has near universal membership and is the parent treaty of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement. The main aim of the Paris Agreement is to keep a global average temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius and to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The UNFCCC is also the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The ultimate objective of all agreements under the UNFCCC is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system, in a time frame which allows ecosystems to adapt naturally and enables sustainable development.
See also: http://unfccc.int