Pole to Paris cyclist in Indonesia en route to UN Climate Change ConferenceMay 26, 2015
Jakarta – May 27 – He’s doing the extreme for a good cause.
British scientist Daniel Price has kicked off the Indonesian leg of his bicycle tour to raise global awareness of climate change. His Pole to Paris campaign takes him from the Antarctic to Paris, the site of the United Nations Climate Change Conference later this year.
While in Indonesia, Price will ride from Yogyakarta – where he visited and filmed a UNDP-supported hybrid wind farm at Pandansimo beach – to the Indonesian capital. In Jakarta, Price will take part in a public cycling event organized by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry and the Bike to Work community to mark World Environment Day.
“I’m very excited to be cycling through the rural parts of Indonesia to Jakarta. This country is a pivotal player in the global climate change agenda; the choices it makes at the UN Climate Change Conference will have a huge impact on the global community,” said the 27-year-old scientist.
Having researched global warming on the ground in Antarctica, Price is visiting and documenting communities affected by climate change, as well as renewable energy sites along a journey that takes him through Southeast Asia, China, Bangladesh, and parts of Europe.
The wind and solar power site at Pandansimo is run by the local government, the Ministry of Research and Technology and the University of Gadjah Mada. Built in 2011, the site has turned the once sleepy seaside village into a thriving tourist spot thanks to the affordable supply of power.
“Pandansimo is a great example of how clean and renewable energy can provide jobs and generate revenue for local communities, particularly those who lack access to electricity,” said Price as he walked through the bustling Indian Ocean beachfront.
Price embarked in April on the 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 visiting Pandansimo and the local fisherman who initiated the sustainable energy project, Price is now cycling 600 kilometres to Jakarta.
Price has a Ph.D. from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand where he studied Antarctic ice sheets that are directly impacted by warming oceans and rising sea levels. UNDP is a partner 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.
Pole to Paris is a unique venture that highlights the importance of Indonesia in the global climate change talks, and sends a message that we must work together for a sustainable future for all.
Daniel Price is available for interviews in Jakarta.