Paris goes Brussels
Join our bicycle tour!
We will take Paris to Brussels!
Join our bicycle tour to Brussels! We have constructed our own small-scale model of the Eiffel tower which we will take with us to Brussels. You may wonder why we do that? We want to remind policy makers all over the world and especially in the European Union of the pledges they have signed with the Paris Agreement. We want them to finally #MakeParisReal.
On December 12, 2020 it is the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement. Although this international agreement has been signed five years ago, policy makers have not yet comitted to policies that will be sufficient to limit global warming to 1.5° C above pre-industrial levels. On December 10 and 11, 2020, just in time for the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement, the heads of states of the European Union gather in Brussel to decide upon emission reduction targets for the European Union. We push on them to commit on reduction targets which are in line with the Paris Agreement.
We use the Eiffel tower as the symbol for the Paris Agreement. We will take it on our bicycle tour to Brussels. At the end of each stage of the tour, the Eiffel tower will be passed over to the next person who will then take it on the next part of the journey. Our tour presents a unique opportunity for other local climate groups to organize events along the planned journey. We will reach Brussels just in time for the EU summit!
How can I participate?
Please feel free to join the open Telegram-Channel where we gather all kind of information about this tour: https://url4f.de/parisgoesbrussels
Alternatively, please feel free to email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please find below an overview about the planned journey. We are currently looking for support in the Netherlands and Belgium.
Part 1: Dresden Ottendorf – Okrilla- Riesa – Leipzig (150 km)
Contacts: Jörg P4F Leipzig, Matthias P4F Leipzig
|Dresden||Riesa||74 km||Cyclists on board ✅|
“Wald statt Kies”
|Riesa||Leipzig||76 km||Cyclists on board ✅|
Part 2: Leipzig – Eisenach (219 km)
Contacts: Almut P4F Leipzig, Kerstin P4F Leipzig
|Leipzig||Jena||116 km||Cyclists on board ✅|
|Jena||Erfurt||51 km||Cyclists on board ✅|
|Erfurt||Eisenach||75 km||Cyclists on board ✅|
Part 3: Eisenach – Limburg an der Lahn (223 km)
Contacts: Katharina P4F Leipzig, Talina P4F Leipzig
|Eisenach||Bad Hersfeld||60 km||Cyclists on board ✅|
|Bad Hersfeld||Danneröder Forst||68 km||Cyclists on board ✅|
|Danneröder Forst||Wetzlar||56 km||Cyclists on board ✅|
|Wetzlar||Limburg||48 km||Cyclists on board ✅|
Part 4: Limburg an der Lahn – Aachen (215 km)
Contacts: Ingmar P4F Leipzig, Talina P4F Leipzig
|Limburg||Bonn||114 km||Cyclists on board ✅|
|Bonn||Köln||40 km||Cyclists on board ✅|
|Köln||Aachen via Hambi||82 km||Cyclists on board ✅|
Part 5: Aachen – Brüssel (138 km)
Contacts: Ingmar P4F Leipzig
|Aachen||Leuven (B)||110 km||Cyclists on board ✅|
08:30 am at “Markt”
|Leuven (B)||Brussels||35 km||Cyclists on board ✅|
Although the Paris Agreement has been signed five years ago, policy makers up to now failed to implement policies that guarantee sufficient emission reductions. Therefore, we use the Eiffel Tower as a powerful symbol fort he Paris Agreement as a reminder for policy makers.
Despite the current Covid-19 pandemic, we want to raise awareness to the shocking fact that although legally binding, many states have not yet committed to polices in line with the Paris Agreement. Policies that already have been agreed upon are not even close to being in line with the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5° C above pre-industrial levels. But there is also good news. It is still possible to implement sufficient policies if policy makers show the courage to agree upon the action needed and act now.
The bicycle tour
As people from many different backgrounds, groups, cities and countries join our bicycle tour to Brussels, we demonstrate that many people are willing to show incredible commitment for the Paris Agreement. But it won’t be sufficient to organize a bicycle tour. At the same time, we need to gain as much media attention as possible. Please support us by tweeting, writing about in your blog or by just talking to your colleague about it during your coffee break. You can also contact your local politician and claim policies in line with the Paris Agreement at the local level. Our tour will reach Brussels just in time for the EU summit so that we will be able to hand over our demands to politicians in Brussels. #MakeParisReal
what about Corona?
As you are ware, the current Covid-19 pandemic presents unprecedented challenges to many of us. The safety of all cyclists and other people who take part in our action is our highest priority. We also closely follow current legislation and Covid-19 rules in the different jurisdictions. Please make sure to follow social distancing and hygienic rules such as washing your hands as frequently as possible. Thank you!