Empfang, Diskussion und Film: Riding from Venice to Copenhagen for climate change

Am 31. Oktober wird die fünfte Überarbeitung des IPCC-Berichts in Kopenhagen vorgestellt. Zu diesem Anlass fahren Claudio Bonato und Daniele Pernigotti von Venedig mit dem Rad nach Kopenhagen. Auf ihrer Tour möchten sie auch für das Thema Klimawandel sensibilisieren und werden deshalb in jeder größeren Stadt Station machen.
Das Bündnis gegen Atomkraft Leipzig und der ADFC laden für Freitag, den 24. Oktober zum Empfang der beiden Klima-Botschafter in den ADFC ein.
Neben dem persönlichen Gespräch wird es auch eine Diskussionsrunde und einen Film zum Thema Klimawandel zu sehen geben.


On October 31 st in Copenhagen will be presented the IPCC* 5AR Synthesis Report, a document which contains a summary of the three volumes of the Fifth Assessment Report on Climate Change (5AR) which has been published in different sections since October 2013. This is the worldwide most important document of analysis on climate change.
Venice and Copenhagen are two very different cities in the European Union from a social and cultural point of view, but similar for the close relationship with the sea, that has marked their development. To connect them symbolically with a ride across Europe, on the occasion of the presentation of 5AR, is a way to highlight how their destinies are linked with the ongoing climate change.

Our journey is an opportunity to highlight through the media the importance to maintain a constant high level of attention to climate change. The trip is a sort of path towards the presentation of the IPCC 5AR Synthesis Report which will
take place on October 31 st in Copenhagen. With this project we want to give greater visibility in the media to the event, giving an additional visibility opportunity to scientific contents that will be presented on that occasion through the ride and the daily stop. We plan to adopt a communication approach able to facilitate the free participation of people, also only for few km. From the other side, we are  strongly committed to organize conferences or meetings on climate change in several stops throughout the journey, involving in different towns the most representative scientists of the area that contributed to the development of 5AR. The organization of these events will require considerable planning effort and the final calendar can not be finalized before summer 2014.

The start will take place on October 14 th 2014 from Piazzale Roma, in Venice. We hope at that time to be able to symbolically inaugurate the bike path that will run parallel to the Ponte della Libertà (the long bridge connecting the Venice island to the land area), and that should be ready by September 2014.

The journey will be reported day by day by the protagonists with texts and images in a dedicated website. There is a very concrete possibility that a diary of the trip will also be published in a special section of the website of a major Italian newspaper, because Daniele Pernigotti is also a journalist with a solid collaboration with a main Italian newspaper, La Stampa (www.danielepernigotti.com).

The idea for the trip came in front of a cup of coffee, as an ideal connection between the passion for cycling of Claudio Bonato and the deep interest in climate change of Daniele Pernigotti. Claudio works as a bartender. He loves cycling and uses the bike as his main transport mean as well as for fun. In the morning it is easy to see him riding through the streets of Marghera with the cart of the pastries connected to one of his many bikes. In 2010 he has also founded the group of amateur cyclists TOM. Daniele is an environmental consultant, engaged for ten years in a particular way on climate change. He represents Italy in various international technical meetings concerning greenhouse gases (from ISO to European Commission). He is also a freelance journalist who follows specifically the issue of climate change, including the UNFCCC ** conferences (www.danielepernigotti.com).

*About IPCC
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988 to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts. In the same year, the UN General Assembly endorsed the action by WMO and UNEP in jointly establishing the IPCC. The IPCC is a scientific body under the auspices of the United Nations (UN). It reviews and assesses the most recent scientific, technical and socio-economic information produced worldwide relevant to the understanding of climate change. It does not conduct any research nor does it monitor climate related data or parameters. Thousands of scientists from all over the world contribute to the work of the IPCC on a voluntary basis. Because of its scientific and intergovernmental nature, the IPCC embodies a unique opportunity to provide rigorous and balanced scientific information to  decision makers. By endorsing the IPCC reports, governments acknowledge the authority of their scientific content. **About the UNFCCCWith 195 Parties, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has near universal membership and is the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto Protocol has been ratified by 192 of the UNFCCC Parties. For the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, 37 States, consisting of highly industrialized countries and countries undergoing the process of transition to a market economy, have legally binding emission limitation and reduction commitments. In Doha in 2012, the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol adopted an amendment to the Kyoto Protocol, which establishes the second commitment period under the Protocol. The ultimate objective of both treaties is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system.

24. Oktober 2014 - 19:00

ADFC Leipzig, Peterssteinweg 18