Top Methodist to join climate cycle ride to Copenhagen

By staff writers
November 23, 2009

The British Methodist Church's Events Co-ordinator has said that he will join a team of 28 volunteers cycling 140 miles to the United Nations climate change conference at Copenhagen.

The cyclists, organised by Christian Aid, will have a clear message for world leaders: It’s not raining, it’s pouring – time to act on climate change.

After cycling 140 miles in three days, they will join a mass rally in Copenhagen on Saturday 12 December. Bradley will deliver a letter of solidarity from the President of the British Methodist Conference to representatives from Bangladesh.

The Methodist Church is likely to regard Bradley's participation in the event as another demonstration of the seriousness with which it prioritises the struggle against climate change.

Along with the Baptist Union and the United Reformed Church, the Methodist Church recently called on the European Union to agree cuts of at least 40 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020 and for these cuts to be made without extensive use of carbon offsets. The three churches have also produced a report and study guide called Hope in God’s Future.

“Our message is that we are behind the efforts to find a unifying agreement that sets us on the road to meet difficult carbon reduction targets,” said Bradley, “People in developing nations are already feeling the effects of climate change and it is irresponsible for us to do anything other than strive for a radical solution to cut excess carbon dioxide levels.”

Commenting on the personal aspects, he added, “I am a bit worried about the cold, but I am more worried that there won’t be a deal on the cards when we get there and that the United Nations will opt for a less courageous package”.

The riders will set off from London on 9 December and reach the Danish capital on the evening of 12 December following a ferry ride and three days of cycling through England and Denmark.

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