So what was it all about then? Last night we had a "Report Back" meeting in Launceston. The attendance wasn't huge but three of us - myself, Euan and Ricky - got together to talk through how it came to happen, why we set off, what we did on the way, what happened when we got there and then have a bit of a discussion about what we learnt and what happens next. We will be running more of these sessions as opportunity and demand arises - there are plans for Plymouth and possibly Exeter and Truro/Falmouth in mid-Feb and if you'd like one or more of us us to come and talk the talk in your town then please do get in touch. Continue reading Reporting Back and Going Forward
Well a couple of weeks silence here, not because there is nothing to say, but more because we all needed a chance to re-group and catch our breath and then before we knew it the Solstice and SantaFest were upon us. Expect some more thoughtful reactions to the Paris outcomes on here in due course and also details and ideas of ways to take things forward. Over the next couple of months we are planning various Report Back events at which we will talk about why we went, what we did, who we met, what happened, and what needs to happen now. The first of these is in Launceston on Wednesday 30th December at 7pm in the Liberty Suite, Northgate Street. All welcome and there will be three of us there - it is a bit far for Ewan to come over from Somerset and he has a prior engagement. Continue reading Life Goes On
What an extraordinary day and a half in Paris. Coincidences and connections abound, sparking emotions and flooding ideas flow through the crowds. We talk we listen we gather, come together and divide. Continue reading Another world is possible
The conclusion of the COP21 climate talks were on my mind yesterday, as I travelled to Truro and read updates from Paris on the train. Fellow cyclist, Euan McPhee and I were ‘completing the circle’ by handing a copy of the Carbon Logic Report 2015 to Labour MEP Clare Moody outside Truro Cathedral, where the Climate Vision Footsteps to Copenhagen 2009 project, and our ride, began. Continue reading Completing the Circle
This amazing Climate Vision initiative is drawing to a close. "I should have done more" - I bet all four of us think that - but we, in fact everyone concerned, done good! (not least the 4,000+ Cornish citizens who took the pledge). Continue reading Will there be closure?
Today was my last visit to the main Conference area, as tomorrow I'm stewarding at the alternative people's summit (ZAC - Zone d'Action Climatique), so it's unlikley now that I'll be able to deliver the Climate Vision to any more VIPs! I'm afraid I have missed Bas Eickhout ....... Continue reading Another day, more high powered meetings
Well, it was worth the wait. Thank-you Luci for the initial contact - and, thanks to PA Emanuela, today, outside COP21, Monsignor La Camera emerged and took delivery of the Climate Vision Report. He was absolutely charming - and I was breathlessly hugely gratified (breathless, cos I've never run so far so fast in all me life, to get to the rendezvous in time). Hoorah!
Quite a nostagic day for me today - it rained - HARD! Such that my cycle ride round the city turned into a drenching, whilst heading for Sacre Coeur (as you do) reintroduced me to the missing Parisian link - HILLS! On returning to the digs, I am at a loss as to how to dry everything off here - looks like another trip to the lavomatique. Continue reading First taste of Direct Action
The first week is over, the negotiators have spent a hard week-end with french 'hard-men', taking some stick to get rid of all those 'parentheses', insisted upon by both 'sides'. Their negotiations has been more transparent than ever before, with 'real-time' progress-reports being posted up regularly from all the myriad departments. Continue reading Me’amblings
Lance Armstrong was wrong about pretty much everything, as we know. In 2000, after just one Tour de France 'win', he published an autobiography entitled It's Not About The Bike. No Lance, in your case it was never about the bike. I felt I needed to add a cycling blog, seeing Pedal2Paris was a cycle ride. Continue reading It is all about the Climate