Ten days after leaving Seville and after more than 1,100 kilometers in Andalusia and Morocco, Moving for Climate NOW, the cycling campaign to raise awareness of climate change, has reached its destination at the Marrakech Climate Change Conference. The fifty cyclists in the expedition, belonging to companies, institutions and organizations committed to the fight against climate change, have completed their journey to COP22, intended to implement the historic Paris Agreement that came into force on November, 4th.
Iberdrola´s president, Ignacio Galán, and Victor Viñuales, vicepresident of the Spanish Global Compact Network, organizers of Moving for Climate NOW, have presented the Manifesto of the initiative to the Director of External Relations and Protocol of the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Horacio Peluffo.
The meeting was also attended by the European Commissioner for Climate and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment, Isabel García Tejerina, and the General Director of the Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency, Said Mouline.
In words of Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, "the Paris Agreement has come into force and its implementation requires everyone’s work to achieve their ambitious goals. Only among all can we fulfill our responsibility with the planet and the generations to come. Initiatives such as Moving for Climate NOW help us to conceive a hopeful future in which we all face the enormous challenge that lies ahead. We can fulfill what we promised to the world in Paris".
"For the United Nations, climate change is a key element in the Development Agenda, directly in the Sustainable Development Objective number 13 and as a basis in many other SDGs. As we say in our Manifesto, it is vital to restore our climate", stressed Viñuales.
Moving for Climate NOW started on November 7 in Seville. After crossing the Cádiz mountains, the expedition continued its Moroccan journey, the cyclist’s march followed the Atlantic coast to Rabat before heading to the hinterland and taking the last stage to Marrakech through the High Atlas.
For the expedition, bicycles with electric assistance have been used with the intention of showing the viability of alternative means of transport. This technology has also allowed participants, with different levels of physical and cycling experience, to roll together along the 1,100 kilometers of road.
Prior to reception at the Climate Summit, cyclists headed to the Koutoubia minaret, the last of the three towers that have formed a cultural route on this journey.