Cycling to save CO2!

22nd October 2015

Are you a fair weather cyclist? Back in September, Raleigh ICS alumnus Kate Jury challenged her colleagues to commit to cycling to save CO2!

UK transport emissions are expected to rise by 35% between 1990 and 2030 if we continue as we are. The Department of Transport says that it is possible to achieve a 60% CO2 reduction by 2030 if people make changes to their travel behaviour. This change will not only have a positive impact on the people of the UK but the world too! Cycle to Work Day, a national event held on 3rd September this year, aims to encourage everyone to take to two wheels and cycle to work for at least one day!

“India taught me that even if you think what you’re doing is small, if you take a step back and look at the bigger picture; you’re able to reflect your effort in the grander scale of people and organisations attempting to make a difference!”

Despite working for the Environmental Department, Kate discovered that only four people in her office regularly cycled to work. To promote Cycle to Work Day, Kate held an event at the council offices. She put up posters, gave out flyers and sent out reminders online through emails and social media!

Table of information and freebies!
Freebies on offer!

 

To encourage people to take part, Kate rented a pedal generator bike to create sustainably sourced fruit smoothies! She also provided people with information about how to protect the environment, including promoting Raleigh ICS as a fantastic way to get involved with helping to protect natural resources.

Trying out the smoothie bike
Trying out the smoothie bike

 

Kate said: “I hope that people will take this idea further and start thinking twice about being unsustainable and look at the bigger picture of the impact we’re having on this planet!!”

Trying out the smoothie bike

“This highlight how little efforts combined have a bigger impact. Combining the miles we cycled that day, we saved 80kg CO2 – which is equivalent to 4992 balloons filled with CO2!”

Need support with your ICS Action at Home idea but inspired by this? Give Beth a call 020 3384 1850 to discuss some ideas!

Did you celebrate Cycle to Work Day? Or perhaps you are encouraging people to be more mindful of the environment in other ways? Get in touch alumni@raleighinternational.org

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