We’re back. For me, that means back to work, back to studying, business as usual. Nick, on the other hand, has just had his graduation and needs to figure out what his future will look like. But I am sure I speak for both of us when I say that the cycle trip to Copenhagen, the whole Cycling for Climate project and all experiences that came with it were fantastic, and has absolutely been worth all the painly bums and other inconveniences. If no one else’s, it has for sure raised my awareness of climate change and the COP15 process, and it seems that many people have enjoyed our site.
We have been a bit lazy reporting from Copenhagen. The place we stayed was amazing, the people we met were really friendly. We hooked up with the cyclists on Monday night for a drink. And we hang around the Klimaforum for critical of what is happening and what should happen in the Bella center. But Copenhagen at that time, was, in a way, really quiet. The police were on their guards, but the number of activists small and the actions had not started yet. I feel a bit sorry that we left already and we did not participate in, for example, the bike block, as a matter of peaceful civil disobedience.
Now that the project has come to an end, it’s time to give a big thanks to the people that have made it possible.
First of all we thank Mei-ing. Without here we probably would not have done the whole thing. Thanks for being art director and head of PR.
Next, big thanks to Hugo Huurdeman for making the interactive map, your advise and fixing our site.
Then there are all the people who let us spend a night: the families Verduyn and Van der Horst, Timo, the people from the barn near Hamburg with the nice lady that kept bringing us coffee, Henni with his apples from the garden, and the fantastic places we were couchsurfing at when we were with Kim and the other cyclists.
Thanks Kim Nguyen for starting ride planet earth and thanks to everyone we met in those last days and cycled with. That was great!
Finally, thanks to everyone that helped us out financially or otherwis, like our parents, de Praktijk and ISS.
Hope I didn’t forget anyone. Here are some new videos. A video of last day will follow soon…