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Expert undertake epic journey against climate change

By Sonja van der Waldt

Posted on 20 November 2009

Robert Zipplies on his journey to create awareness against climate change
Robert Zipplies on his journey to create awareness against climate change

Well-known sustainability expert and editor of 'Bending the Curve', Robert Zipplies, in partnership with Project 90 by 2030, is undertaking an epic journey on an electric bicycle by cycling from Cape Town to Durban via Johannesburg and Pretoria between 6 November and 5 December 2009.

The project forms part of Zipplies’ personal way to wave a red flag about the critical need for swift action in response to climate change in South Africa.

Robert and Project 90 by 2030 initiated the Climate Challenge 2009 in order to raise awareness of what is known about climate change and the need for South Africans to actively participate in reducing carbon emissions. “We are running out of time to make the changes that are required by science,” says Zipplies.

Robert will give public talks in 12 cities along the route and project team members will be hosting information sessions at schools and universities along the way to encourage scholars and communities to do more to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Robert will be in Pretoria on Saturday 28 November from 13:30 in the Sanlam Auditorium at the University of Pretoria where he will give a presentation. Also during his visit to Pretoria, a large contingent of cyclists will support the Challenge in riding from the University of Pretoria to the Union Buildings to ask the State President to sign the pledge as a commitment to taking greater action to tackle climate change. The electric bicycle will be on display during his visit to UP.

As part of the Challenge, a Climate Change Pledge has been launched which requests communities to make a commitment to take greater action to tackle climate change. In Pretoria, on Saturday 28 November, a large contingent of cyclists will support the Challenge in riding through the city to the Union Buildings to ask the State President to sign the pledge and to hand over the list of signatures collected by then.

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