Written by guest blogger Denise Deby, who has worked in international and community development, and is currently trying to figure out how to connect the local with the global in her everyday life.
Ottawa is hosting some special guests the week of September 14. People from all over Canada will be cycling into Ottawa as part of Pedal for the Planet.
Pedal for the Planet is individuals and organizations who are encouraging Canada to do more on climate change. Most are riding bikes, with others coming by train or other means, from almost every province and territory. Many have been traveling since July 3.
Pedal for the Planet aims to draw attention to the need for Canada to commit to targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, through legislation (Bill C-311 now before Parliament), and at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009, where countries are to conclude an agreement on climate change to take effect after the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012.
Pedal for the Planet activities will be happening on and around Parliament Hill on Tuesday, September 15, with additional events scheduled for September 16 and 17. Details are at http://kyotoplus.ca/pedal/.