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Paris Conference: Pair of cyclists approaches city in time for climate summit after 5 month journey

Nov 05, 2015   |   by Tom Bawden   |   Independent

The trip will see the duo cycle a total of 10,000 miles from the US to the French capital

Morgan Curtis
Morgan Curtis '14 and Garrett Blad, of Climate Journey cycling expedition (Micha Theiner)

They have pedalled through Canada, Scandanavia and western Europe on their way to the climate change conference in Paris later this month but the country where they have found the most dissatisfaction with governmental green polices is here in the UK.

Americans Morgan Curtis ['14], 24, who grew up in London, and Garrett Blad, 23, are in the final stretch of a five month bicycle odyssey that began in the US state of Vermont in June and will end in Paris, just as a major UN climate change summit is due to begin at the end of this month.

The recent graduates aim to spread the word on climate change on their nine-nation journey and to find out more about what people and communities are doing to fight it. They are detailing their trip on the website

... Ms Curtis, an engineering graduate from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, said however, that the action people are taking at the grass roots level is far “bigger, stronger and more powerful” than she ever could have imagined, for example by standing up to big corporations and setting up community energy projects. A spokesman for the Department for Energy and Climate Change said: “Government support has driven down the cost of renewable energy significantly. As costs continue to fall and we move towards sustainable electricity investment, it becomes easier for parts of the renewables industry to survive without subsidies.”

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