Урпо Таскинен, который живет над Полярным кругом, продал свою машину и решил никогда не летать на самолете и не ездить на машине, чтобы не загрязнять окружающую среду, показывая миру, что даже в одиночку можно уменьшить выбросы углекислого газа.
Он отправляется в Париж на мировую встречу по климату (COP21) на своем веломобиле на 3000 км.
I had to count… The direct bike distance Juoksengi – Paris is the shortest way 2978 km. Google maps says that. As I took train and ferry in some parts and also biked a week around in Helsinki and two weeks around in Paris my trip was cut off some distances and added some. Start the 8th of November and return home the 21th of December.
But, ok, I’m satisfied with the 3434 km. And for everyone who thinks it was hard – sorry to make you disappointed – it is much easier than you can imagine.
On Monday the 21th of December 2015 at 11.00 I arrived to Juoksengi at the Arctic Circle in Sweden. My start from Paris was on Sunday the 13th, around the same time on the day. It takes therefore eight days to travel from Paris with a bicycle. Of course I have been cheating – ferry over a German river, ferry from Travemünde to Helsinki (two nights) and train Helsinki-Ylitornio (one night). But it is actually easier to make the travel with bicycle than I myself thought.
Vi vet att det är mycket mer bråttom än vad överenskommelsen i Paris ens kom i närheten av. Redan nu är en tyfon på väg mot Filippinerna drivandes återigen miljoner människor på flykt. Vi har en möjlighet att förstå och leva oss in i det, men troligtvis med samma avstånd som klimatavtalet är från verkligheten.
This seminar the 9th of November 2015 at the COP21 was lead by Mattias Goldmann from FORES, a green and liberal thinktank. Other speakers were Cornie Huizenga from SLOCAT, Björn-Ola Linnér from Linköping University, Christine Lins from REN21 and Hans Göran Folkesson from Clean Motion.
I myself, Urpo Taskinen, made also a small contribution by telling that I biked from Juoksengi at the Arctic Circle in Sweden to COP21 in Paris with my velomobile. The key point in my short speach was that I actually do my working trips in Norrbotten county, an area covering 24,6% (25%) of the area of Sweden. That is bigger than the area of Belgium and Netherlands together!
A velomobile is a fast bicycle, in my case only driven by muscle power. You can read something about the trip in this blog http://LessCO2.wordpress.com
No one will see it as a perfect agreement but it is a agreement! Start working locally! We know that the agreement will not stop the Climate Crisis, the real work is to let the carbon stay in the ground!
There was demonstrations in the streets of Paris. Together with Jean we were making a big work there under the Eiffel Tower, holding the tail of a 150 meter long banderol with the text It is up to us to keep it in the ground.