Solo cycle for the climate crisis – Day 2

Paul Kunert is cycling from London to Carbis Bay ahead of the G7 summit. On the way he’s providing updates on his pilgrimage on two wheels.

Left London yesterday on National Cycle Route 4, through Richmond Park,  along the Thames and through an almost deserted Windsor Great Park before dropping down to Wokingham. Approx 55 miles. Legs in good shape. Looking forward to about 85 miles today, to Frome. Forecast sunny with headwinds.

More from John O’Donohue:

When you travel, you find yourself
Alone in a different way,

More attentive now
To the self you bring along,
Your more subtle eye watching
You abroad; and how what meets you
Touches that part of the heart
That lies low at home…

A reflection on the climate crisis: we’ve become so prosperous, have become used to buying what we like and travelling where we like; most of us though, even if we’re aware, even hyper-aware of what our lifestyle is doing to the earth, may be able to do little more than get through the struggles of each day, unable to keep up with or frame every choice around climate and ecology. For all our sakes, we need governments to act to cease the production and use of coal oil and gas, to put good options in front of us, to make it easier for us all to make choices that are good for God’s creation. 

Today’s subject: cars. So many of them! Where are we all going? EVs work really well, but still I’m seeing only a few on the roads. (On the positive: I am seeing many more of them than last year!) Where are the policies – awareness campaigns, ban on advertising ICEs (Internal Combustion Engine), grants for buying EVs – to make it easy to switch to electric?

Please pray for the G7 leaders that they will Act Now and Act Boldly.

Read Paul’s blog about his first day.

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