Norfolk priest is on his bike to UN climate talks
2009: A 70-year-old retired priest from Norfolk
is cycling all the way to Copenhagen
to show his support for the UN Climate Change Talks
Canon Hereward Cooke (picture right), who is the Norwich Diocesan Environmental Officer, leaves home on his bike today (December 7). At Stansted he will join a team of 25 other campaigners for the 150-mile fund-raising trip. He hopes the carbon-cutting cycle ride will raise thousand of pounds for Christian Aid`s climate change campaign and will illustrate the need for lower carbon lifestyles.
Canon Cooke said: “The Climate Change Talks in Copenhagen are one of the last chances we have of obtaining international agreement on carbon reduction measures. Making our presence felt there is one way of letting our political leaders know that the ordinary man or woman on a bicycle is personally concerned with the outcome of their deliberations.
"I also hope that this high profile ride will encourage Churches in the UK to take appropriate action in their local communities."
Canon Cooke says that age is no barrier to undertaking the ride and that he welcomes the exercise and essential training for the event. The December temperatures and winds from the east will probably prove to be the biggest obstacle to be overcome.
“I have always been a keen cyclist and used to cycle all over Norwich when I was an Industrial Chaplain and parish priest; but I will need all the guile I can muster to keep up with the younger members of the ride!”
On arrival in the cycle-friendly city of Copenhagen, Hereward Cooke will participate in street events and marches and plans to attend the Sunday church service when the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, is preaching in Copenhagen Cathedral.