The UK's national cyclists' organisation, CTC, has been awarded almost £300,000 by the Government to raise awareness of climate change amongst cyclists. With transport accounting for roughly a third of greenhouse gas emissions, cyclists can play an important role in reducing the impact of travel on the environment.
"Cyclists are already ahead of the game – every trip we make on the bike rather than the car does something to reduce our own impact," said CTC Fundraiser, Chris Peck. "As we and the rest of the population understand more about the challenge of climate change we will begin to do more about it.
"Climate change has been growing in importance over the last few years as more and more people realise the seriousness of the challenge that we are facing. To tackle climate change everyone will have to play their part – from the Government down to kids riding their bikes to school."
Climate change has seen the ten warmest years on record occurring since 1990, as well as 2006 having the warmest July and September ever. Average sea levels in the UK are already 10cms higher than they were in 1900, and current predictions indicate that by the end of the 21st century, the global average temperature will increase by between 1.4 and 5.8 degrees, with serious consequences.