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Cyclists take to streets for climate action

‘London must become a cycling city if it is to be a zero-carbon city’

27 September, 2019 — By Briony Pickford

HUNDREDS of cyclists rode through central London in solidarity with the Global Climate Strike.

London Cycling Campaign (LCC) trained marshals guided the cycle ride through central London that joined up with parents and children in Parliament Square at midday on Friday.

LCC chief executive Dr Ashok Sinha said: “The riders are sending a simple message to the Mayor and all of London’s politicians – London must rapidly become a cycling city, if it is to be a zero-carbon city.”

According to LCC, climate changing emissions from transport have risen to unaccep­t­able levels over the past 20 years.

A report by the Friends of the Earth group demands cutting between 20 and 60 per cent of all motor vehicle journeys.

Simon Munk, the LCC’s infrastructure campaign chief, said: “The majority of trips around London are under five kilometres so people are driving those distances when they could be cycling. Enabling cycling in London is key to reducing transport, car use and carbon emissions.

We don’t cut car use without enabling cycling. Our next campaign is around the crisis so we will be doing further actions around climate.”

Thousands of parents and children attended events at schools across London on Saturday as part of a global protest.

Hundreds marched along Millbank, to Parliament Square and Trafalgar Square, for rallies demanding “climate justice”.

Agnese Fossati, a Year 12 pupil at Westminster Academy, said: “The strikes that are taking place all over the world are a way for young people like us to have our voices heard and the sheer number of people that attended the march in London, around 100,000, shows how young people are prepared to fight for the right to a future.”

The strike urges politicians to take immediate action on climate change and was inspired by climate activist Greta Thunberg.

Westminster Academy also hosted a Global Action for Peace event at the school where expert guest panellists and other schools were invited to take part in discussions and a workshop.

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