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Glasgow spokes-person cycles to COP21 Paris Summit

Glasgow spokes-person cycles to COP21 Paris Summit

Glasgow University student, Scott Dallas, is set to embark upon an awareness raising cycle trip from London to Paris on a bike he is building from recycled parts. His expedition will also raise funds for environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, and will see him cycling to Paris to take part in demonstrations surrounding the United Nations Climate Change Conference.

Scott visited the Glasgow Bike Station, part of Scotland’s largest bike recycling charity, where staff supported him choosing second hand bike parts from which he’ll build his bike. Community projects run by Glasgow Bike Station include UniCycle which offers support and incentives to help students choose cycling over motorised travel thanks to funding from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund.

Scott Dallas commented:

“As part of the Climate Action Society at Glasgow University, I am particularly passionate about ensuring that young people in Scotland have the opportunities to learn about and engage with sustainability. I hope that my journey on a recycled bike will help to demonstrate that sustainable action, no matter how big or small, can make a positive contribution towards our fight against climate change.

“The sponsorship raised during my trip will help Keep Scotland Beautiful continue its work in schools and communities Scotland-wide – encouraging everyone to play their part in meeting our challenging climate goals.”

During his trip to the Bike Station on Thursday 26 November, Scott met with Keep Scotland Beautiful Climate Change Officer, Elizabeth Dirth, who presented him with the results of the charity’s consultation on the United Nations Climate Change Conference. The report states that 83% of young people who responded to the consultation said they were worried about their future if the pace of action on climate change does not increase. Images of Scott receiving the report can be found here.

Other highlights from Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Conversations about COP21 Summary Report include:

  • 93% of respondents were concerned about climate change
  • 85% of respondents said they would like a new, legally binding international agreement to emerge from the Paris talks

Keep Scotland Beautiful has shared the findings of the report with the Scottish Government and called for action including pushing for a legally binding commitment at COP21 that will limit global warming to 2°C and for the Scottish Government to continue to lead by example, both at COP21 and afterwards.

Elizabeth Dirth, Climate Change Officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful, commented: “We were thrilled to hear that Scott had chosen to fundraise for us on his awareness raising cycle ride to Paris and wish him well.

“I was also pleased to present Scott with a copy of the results of our consultation on the United Nations Climate Change Conference that gave people the opportunity to have their voices heard at this crucial time. We hope the results help inspire him on his ride.

Keep Scotland Beautiful is encouraging people to make their voices heard at Scotland’s Climate March in Edinburgh on Saturday 28th November.”

Joanna Smith, Development Officer at the Glasgow Bike Station said:

“We are delighted to help Scott in his mission to raise awareness of climate change and wish him well in his cycle to Paris. Climate change is a cause very dear to our hearts at the Bike Station, and we do a lot of work locally to promote carbon reduction and sustainable travel through our community projects such as UniCycle and the Bike Station Academy.”

Scott’s sponsorship page can be accessed at:  www.virginmoneygiving.com/ScottDallas

Further information on the Keep Scotland Beautiful consultation can be accessed at: www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/yourvoiceatparis