Cycling mission to save environment

NAGAPATTINAM: A bunch of young-men have wheeled their way on a mission from Chidambaram. The five-person cycle squad of the Friends of Police has commenced on a 14,600 km-cycle tour along the coasts in a bid to save the environment from wanton human greed.

MEN ON A MISSION:The team of five Friends of Police volunteers which has embarked on an all India cycle expedition at Nagapattinam bus terminus on Thursday.—Photo: B. Velankanni Raj

Armed with a vision to create awareness on climate change, global warming, and protection of the fragile earth and its resources from depletion, the cyclists would pedal their way across 24 states and 86 district headquarters. As the coasts play a crucial role in conservation and devastation, their journey would dot along the coastal districts.

The arduous journey that was flagged off on Wednesday at Chidambaram by Pradeep V.Philip, Inspector General of Police, and the man who conceived the novel movement of FOP-envisaging citizen partnership in enforcing security in society along with the uniformed personnel-while he was the Superintendent of Police in Ramanathapuram. Their journey resumed in Nagapattinam on Thursday morning after a night’s halt for yet another destination. The five-month long journey would conclude in Chidambaram.

For the five unemployed graduates, B. Mahendran, R.Senthil Kumar, J.Anbuselvam, R.Rajaselvam and V.Vinodraj, who have set out to strain their sinews on the pedal for a cause, it is the journey and not the destination that would make all the difference.


WWF launch – Cycle for Change introduction to Nepal community

Our last night in Kathmandu saw us attend a dinner and WWF program launch with the great and good of Nepali society at the Radisson hotel.

Launching Cycle for change and Climate for life

Launching Cycle for change and Climate for life

The event was primarily to launch a petition signed by 200,000, Nepali youth to be presented by the Nepali Prime Minister to Ban Ki Moon- UN Secretary General and leaders of major industrial nations in the lead up to Copenhagen in December.  Our small role was to give a short presentation introducing Cycle for Change and meet with influential media, TV personalities, political and business leaders.

We had a great response and met some truly interesting and inspiring people including a large number of WWF ’s Climate Ambassadors. The Climate Ambassaders include local politicians, social entrepeneurs, and business leaders who are taking real action to promote behavioural change both politically and socially in the face of climate change.

Gavin and Eri with the WWF team

Gavin and Eri with the WWF team

We all had a great night and Eri was particularly happy to meet the NHK Nepal correspondant. Not only to promote our project, but to rest her brain and have a good chat in Japanese. The food was great , the company inspiring and the response to our project very encouraging. All in all it was a great way to leave Nepal and we now have some really excellent opportunities to promote Cycle for Change and Climate for Life when we get back to Kathmanu in a month.

From CycleforChange