This weekend thousands of people around the world will take to the streets with their bikes in support of the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Copenhagen next week.
The conference is being hailed as the most important international discussion on climate change to date. Environmental organisations around the world have been organising campaigns to raise awareness about Copenhagen and about reducing worldwide green house gases.
Several Auckland-based organisations have come together to organise the Ride Planet Earth event in New Zealand. Greenpeace has supported the events, the first was held on October 24 and the second will begin at the Auckland Domain’s Winter Gardens on Saturday December 6.
Ride Planet Earth Auckland organiser Pippa Coom said the event was part of a global event, where people all around the world would cycle in symbolic support of Kim Nguyen, a man from Australia who has cycled from Brisbane to Copenhagen to raise awareness about global warming and climate change. He is also the founder of the Ride Planet Earth campaign.
Mr Nguyen is set to cycle into Copenhagen on Sunday to attend the conference. “My fellow antipodeans from across the water are getting involved like only they can. Within a day of agreeing to do the event they are already miles ahead organising than almost everyone else.
"Get involved in your planet. Join the ride. Take on dangerous climate change. You won't regret it,” was the message Mr Nguyen had for Kiwis to get involved on Saturday and behind the conference.
“We want to promote cycling as part of the solution in terms of sustainable transport. These events will be activated all over the world, to support Kim who arrives in Copenhagen on December 6. We want a meaningful treaty from Copenhagen. This is an active change to reducing carbon emissions,” Mr Coom said.
There are 3000 events being held around the world.
Ms Coom said Prime Minister John Key should “definitely attend” conference. She added there has been some talk recently of him attending if he believed “a meaningful international agreement could be reached”.
A blog entitled ‘Dear John’ is trying to encourage Mr Key to attend the climate talks. It has been reported that US President Barack Obama has written to Mr Key asking him to represent New Zealand at the conference next week.
Last Friday, NBR published that a handful of New Zealand companies were early participants in the Emission Reduction Unit (ERU) market, with four wind farms and two landfill gas site projects receiving 616,000 ERUs from 4.5 million issued so far worldwide. Based on a price of $NZD25 a unit, they are worth $15.4 million.