Cycle To The Environment Agency
The weather was pretty foul, but I could hardly drive, could I? Although it was sunny enough for shades as I was getting the bike out, within minutes of setting off, it was snowing pretty hard. So the sunglasses came in useful in keeping the snow out of my eyes! It was also COLD. When I tried to take my first drink after ten minutes pedaling, I found that the top of the bottle had frozen shut, needing some chewing to free it.
Anyway, the event itself was great. The main presenter (Adam Woodhall from PeopleProfitPlanet) junked his car a while ago, and now cycles most places, AND he gave a pretty good impression of Al Gore. But in PowerPoint, rather than KeyNote - I guess no-one’s perfect
Everyone at the event came away with their own personal set of actions (two easy ones, and one hard), an environment buddy to make sure you stick to your actions, and hopefully the collective set of ideas / actions from the rest of the group.
The challenges I set myself are:
- Replace all our bulbs with low-energy ones (easy, you’d think. But you wouldn’t believe the controversy this has created at home).
- To actually use the thermostatic controls on individual rooms’ radiators (oh, and close doors, so that the radiators are heating just their own rooms) (easy)
- Junk the car on 1st January 2009. We don’t live in a big city, and I’ve no idea if this is really feasible. But if I don’t set out with the objective of achieving this, then it’ll never happen.
I’d also not yet seen An Inconvenient Truth, so I picked up a copy from Blockbuster on the way home. Now I’m no stranger to believing climate change, but I’d previously come at it from the James Lovelock end of the scale (”We’re all doooomed!”), so Al Gore’s take was quite refreshing - still a very tough message, but with a definite “You can do something about this” message at the end. And a gret set of closing credits too.
BTW - if anyone out there’s a web designer, check out James Lovelock’s official site. You might want to sit down and take a couple of Prozac first. Having a stiff martini at hand and a couple of slices of cucumber for your eyes would also be good. Once you’re recovered, please email him with a proposal to re-design it!
- Type: Cycle
- Date: 11/23/2007
- Total Time: 1:30:00.00
- Distance: 22 miles
- Average Speed: 14.67 mph