Арктический велонавт – на русском языке

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.


Two years and 15000 km later

Yes, 15000 km is a quite long distance.

I was thinking about it earlier – what distance will I reach on the two year anniversary of driving a velomobile? The answer was in the evening of the 30th of April 2016 a very simple amount of kilometers to remember – 15000 km.
It was the 1:th of May 2014 when Tarja Leinonen and I drove over the bridge between Aavasaksa in Finland and Övertorneå in Sweden. Those two velomobiles were the two first velomobiles in Norrbotten county.

My first thought when writing about this anniversary was to think about the savings of CO2-emissions.
From ECF (European Cyclists´ Federation) I found this calculation about quantifying CO2 savings of cycling. There is also a clearer article in Swedish by Klas Elm.
Not going into all details but just writing down the estimated numbers:
• Biking creates 21 gram CO2 per kilometer (21 g CO2/km)
• Driving a car creates 271 gram CO2 per kilometer (271 g CO2/km)
This would mean that every biked kilometer saves 250 gram CO2 compared to driving a car.
Then 15000 km would save 3750 kg of CO2 compared to driving a car. There is this term CO2e that means all greenhouse (GH) gases that are emitted in the calculation, but just to make the text clearer I only write CO2.

How much is that saving?
The total emissions in the World 2014 was 35,9 GtCO2 [Gigaton CO2] per year according to Global Carbon Project.
Writing that to kilograms makes a very long number 35 900 000 000 000 kilogram [kg].
So, my yearly saving then is 0.00000000522284% of the global emissions. Counted on my yearly emission savings of 1875 kg.
If all the people on the earth, 7 424 720 000 [at this moment 25:th of May 2016] would save the same amount of CO2 every year then the total savings would be 13 921 350 000 000 kg or 13,9 GtCO2 [Gigaton CO2]. Ok, that would not stop the Climate Change, but it would make a difference. The rest has the to be done through other means…
And yes, my driving with a velomobile is symbolic in this scale. But very much fun!

How much is 15000 km?
The amount of transportation by biking that I made during these two years is 7500 km per year.
That can be compared to yearly average travel with car for a person in
• Sweden – 6620 km
• Norrbotten County – 7580 km
• Övertorneå eco-municipality [where I live] – 8730 km
The numbers from Miljömål by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency [Naturvårdsverket].

I think that we all have to do what we are able to. It is my Earth and it is yours equally. It is ours. And we are in much of hurry to stop the destruction – the emissions should have stopped already, we have only years left to avoid the 2 degrees threshold.
A person that takes a flight from Sweden to Thailand and back home will emit 6 times more than I have achieved in saving during a year.
A average person in my own municipality, the eco-municipality of Övertorneå, is emitting almost 0,5 ton more CO2 from car-driving than I achieve in saving during a year. To just catch up one of my fellow citizens I would need to bike an additional 2000 km.
Well, I have to admit that it would actually be fun to bike those additional kilometers – but that will not solve the global problem.

Two years is 730 days. If I take an average, that will be 20,5 km/day.

It is really as mentioned a symbolic thing, but it has been so much fun!

And the place where these magic kilometers come on the display was very near home here in Juoksengi. On the photos below you´ll see the crossing to Vyöni and also Misha in front of the village´s church.





3434 km

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. 

Home in Juoksengi

  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. 

Hotel nights 

 If someone is wondering I have now left Paris. Two days biking have brought me 297 km, which is not very much but a bit. 

Two nights in hotels now, near Saint-Quentin and now between Nivelles and Waterloo. In the hotel in Saint-Quentin I met Klara originally from Czech Republic. A bright, nice person able to speak not only good English but also Czech, French, Slovak, Polish, Russian and German.
Here in this hotel in Nivelles in Belgium I have not tested the language skills but good English of course. 

Fossile independent transport sector

Here you have the full workshop from the 9th of November 2015 at the COP21 in Le Bourget in Paris.

In December 2013 there came a investigation from the Swedish Government on how the transport sector can be fossile independent to the year 2030. The Swedish text is here http://www.regeringen.se/rattsdokument/statens-offentliga-utredningar/2013/12/sou-201384/
About Sweden becoming fossile independent you can find information here on the government pages http://www.government.se/government-policy/fossil-free-sweden/

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

Fossiloberoende fordonsflotta till 2030. Utredningen ”Fossilfrihet på väg” kom i december 2013.
Sidan med länkarna till utredningen och underlagsmaterialet finns här http://www.regeringen.se/rattsdokument/statens-offentliga-utredningar/2013/12/sou-201384/

Själva utredningen finns här – http://www.regeringen.se/contentassets/7bb237f0adf546daa36aaf044922f473/fossilfrihet-pa-vag-sou-201384-del-12 (del 1) och http://www.regeringen.se/contentassets/7bb237f0adf546daa36aaf044922f473/fossilfrihet-pa-vag-sou-201384-del-22 (del 2).

Oberoende av…

… hur kort, lång, ordrik, ordfattig avtalstexten från Paris kommer att vara så är det bara för oss alla att kavla upp armarna och sätta igång. För den generation som ännu är barn kommer allt vi gör att vara av största vikt. De kommer inte att kunna göra vårt jobb. Min grej imorgon bitti kommer att vara att sätta mig i velomobilen och försöka ta mig så långt norrut som möjligt. Tillbaka hem är ungefär lika långt som hit. En bit. Parisavtalet kommer dock att, oberoende av hur det ser ut, att vara mycket längre från målet än min lilla cykeltur. 


Photos from COP21 exhibitions

Today I came with the metro, local train and the free bus. It is huge, the exhibition. Found a new part of it today, a part that I hadn’t seen before. Now I have found a exhibition with a free electric outlet to recharge the cameras batteries. Been taking some photos just here and there. YOU should be here!