A Liverpool man is planning to put his green credentials to the test by attempting a zero-carbon commute – to Paris.
Howard Garde, Energy Project Manager of Riverside, a social landlord based in Merseyside, is planning a bike ride from Liverpool to the Paris Climate Change Summit to raise awareness of green issues. Riverside manages over 50,000 homes and is accredited with SHIFT, the sustainability standard for the housing sector.
Instead of cycling to work, as he usually does, Howard will take his bike all the way to the French capital. His plan is to leave on the 26th November for the 350 mile, 3-day cycle trip from Liverpool to Paris, via Newhaven and Dieppe. The aim is to finish the cycle on 28th in time for the mass rally planned by campaigners to put pressure on world leaders to come to an ambitious deal.
Howard said: “I felt the need to attend the mass event in Paris due to my increasing frustration with government inaction on climate change and the recent backward steps on retrofit and renewables support. I’m hoping that mass action that is planned across many cities will draw politicians’ attention to agree on a meaningful climate deal.”
Riding with Howard is Jon Moorhouse, a consultant architect that works on retrofit projects with Riverside. Their intention is to promote consciousness of the climate change issues within Riverside and the general public. They believe that an equally important issue in the social housing sector is fuel poverty and its clear links to excess in winter deaths and adverse physical and mental health effects to residents.
The 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11), otherwise known as “Paris 2015” will be held from November 30th to December 11th. COP21 will be a crucial conference, as it needs to achieve a new international agreement on the climate, applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.
- If you want to know more about Howard’s journey or want to join email him at Howard.Garde@riverside.org.uk.