Pole to Paris cycles with key ministers, Indonesian public to raise climate change awarenessJun 7, 2015
Jakarta, June 7 – British scientist and climate change campaigner Daniel Price on Sunday cycled with Indonesia’s Chief Economic Minister Sofyan Djalil and Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya, along with more than 500 other cyclists, to mark World Environment Day in the Indonesian capital.
Price is leading the Pole to Paris campaign, which takes him from the Antarctic to Paris – the site of the United Nations Climate Change Conference later this year. His 17,000-km cycling journey also highlights the importance of Indonesia in the upcoming global climate change talks, and sends a message that we must work together for a sustainable future for all.
The scientist arrived in Indonesia last week and visited a model village on climate change adaptation administered by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry as well as a UNDP-supported hybrid wind farm at Pandansimo beach in Yogyakarta, together with cyclists from the Bike to Work Indonesia community.
After receiving a plaque of appreciation from Minister Nurbaya after biking together, the 27-year-old scientist reiterated the importance of the UN Climate Change Conference.
He said, “We now have six months to put in place a plan to save ourselves from ourselves. This December in Paris the United Nations will attempt to negotiate a climate deal. This is the most important meeting in human history.”
“I have spent the last few weeks travelling through this wonderful country, within its communities, when things got tough on the road, a smile and a cheer were never far away. I have seen Indonesia at its best, now let the world see it, by leading us to a sustainable future for all,” he added.
UNDP Indonesia Country Director Beate Trankmann said Indonesia, being the 9th largest economy in the world in purchasing power parity terms, has a golden opportunity to play a leadership role at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP 21).
“We are in a race against time to save our planet, we are seeing credible projections that we may exceed the two degrees threshold in increase in global temperature by 2050, which would have devastating consequences to humanity and the environment,” said Trankmann after the event on Sunday.
“People will listen to what Indonesia says and does, so this is an opportunity for Indonesia to play a significant role at the COP 21. The ambitious emission reduction target that Indonesia has set should be a signal for other countries to make similar commitments,” she added.
Price embarked in April on his 17,000-km cycle north, and his partner Erlend Moster Knudsen is travelling by foot 3,000 km from the Arctic Circle to Paris. After Indonesia, Price’s next stops are Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Bangladesh, where he plans to shoot a documentary on rising sea levels.
UNDP and the Bike to Work community in Indonesia are partners in this innovative campaign that highlights the importance of the polar regions and the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, urging people to take action to mitigate the effects of climate change.
Daniel Price is available for interviews in Jakarta.