TWO 40-something eco-visionaries with very strong legs and a large dose of true grit left Maryborough yesterday to pedal 30,000km to Brazil.
Friends since February, Roland Smith and Chris Le Breton rode out of Melbourne in July and are now on their way to Cairns on the initial leg of their race to get to Rio in time for the United Nations Earth Summit in 2012.
“We already have some 3000 supporters putting the wind into our wheels,” Mr Smith, an Australian designer working with sustainable materials and processes, said yesterday.
“We are working on presenting a paper to the policy-makers meeting in Rio as part of the global environmental governance process that took world prominence in Rio in 1992.”
Kenyan-born Chris Le Breton, a former candidate for the European Parliament, says they are using their two-year epic to film, blog and twitter “the practical needs, inventive sustainable contributions, and human face of ordinary people across the planet”.
“I’ve worked for 20 years in sustainability at the organisational and country-to-country level and this journey is my most exciting yet.”
The pair of planet savers, who are pedalling about 80km a day, are gathering sponsors along the way and via their website, www.biketheearth.net.
“In this project we want to help people focus on the aims of Earth Summit 2012 - seen by many as the most important summit in human history,” Mr Le Breton said.
“We’re also seeking chances to meet with locals interested in environmental sustainability – and with kind people who can give us a bed for the night and a good dose of carbs,” Mr Smith said, with a wry smile as he rode into another day of massive biking.
We want to help focus on Earth Summit 2012 - seen by many as the most important summit in human history
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