Seeing hundreds of people on bikes, braving the wind & rain to show their support for the world we live in, is a sight to behold.
Today we and countless (WalesOnline has it at 800+…) others headed to Callaghan Square, Cardiff to embark on a mass ride to the Senedd as part of the Wales Climate Action Day.
Stop Climate Chaos Cymru is a coalition of 14 influential Welsh organisations, including Oxfam Cymru, Unison, National Union of Students, Friends of the Earth Cymru, RSPB Cymru, Sustrans Cymru, WWF Cymru, Cafod, Christian Aid Wales, Coed Cadw – the Woodland Trust, Tearfund, National Federation of Women’s Institutes Wales, the Wildlife Trusts Wales and the Centre for Alternative Technology. We think it is fair to say today was a pretty big deal.
From Callaghan Square, a series of rolling roadblocks guided participants across Lloyd George Avenue and down to the Senedd, where a series of speakers & musicians were waiting to give speeches & play songs to an impressive number of decidedly damp & cold, but eager onlookers.
A number of the SCCC organisations listed were represented at the Senedd and, with the exception of the one Tory representative who attracted a few jeers from the crowd, all were very well received. We doff our bike helmets to Casia & Carys at Oxfam, who put a heck of a lot of work into today and made it the success that it was.
Food for thought
We took a couple of things away from today. If you give people a good reason to get on their bikes, even in appalling weather, they will. Whilst the organised ride was marshalled, good infrastructure should provide an acceptable alternative that would get people out on their bikes more often.
Secondly, there’s a lot of people around here who want more effort made to protect the environment. This makes it all the more frustrating that we, at all levels, continue to prioritise short-term convenience in the face of what could be generations of pain and upheaval.
Whether we are talking about the politicians whom continue to focus on fossil fuels to keep the lights on and the cities moving; or the people who drive into the city every day as the sole occupant of their SUVs, we all have a part to play.