People power: Youth cycle length of NZ to climate summit
The 11 cyclists will join over 750 young people from across New Zealand and the Pacific Islands who have come together this weekend at the University of Auckland for Power Shift NZ-Pacific 2012, a climate change summit that is modelled on similar events overseas.
Five of those who made the trip left Dunedin on 16 November and have completed a 1300 km unsupported cycle ride. The group’s ranks doubled as they passed through Wellington, and the numbers continued to swell as they travelled up the North Island.
Otago University student Lindsey Horne says her decision to bike to Power Shift was fuelled by a desire to reduce individual carbon emissions in a fun and visible way. “Cycling is an action that we can take today to address what is essentially the defining issue of our generation. Having cycled for 23 days through New Zealand’s beautiful landscape we can see how much there is to lose if climate change isn’t addressed.”
The event in Auckland over the weekend will feature 54 workshops including two co-ordinated by WWF-New Zealand. Climate Change programme manager Peter Hardstaff said, “It is a privilege to be part of Power Shift and to share some of our experience with these talented and committed young people. For them, the urgent need to cut carbon emissions to address climate change is a no-brainer. This event will reinvigorate the call to move beyond fossil fuels and prove that the fight is far from over – especially amongst the younger generation.”
Over 20 local and international speakers will be featured including environmental campaigner and actress Lucy Lawless, author Naomi Klein and 350 climate movement founder Bill McKibben via video link from the United States.
Power Shift NZ-Pacific 2012 is co-ordinated by 350 Aotearoa and Generation Zero and supported by WWF-New Zealand.
For more information see http://powershift.org.nz/.
CONTACT: Brittany Packer, National Media Coordinator, Power Shift NZ-Pacific 2012, Ph: 0276579157, Em: email@example.com