In February 2015 Simon Nelson (from Scotland) and Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (from Vietnam) will set off on a bicycle ride from Ho Chi Minh City to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21). The aim of this trip is to raise awareness of catastrophic climate change and to inspire people to take action to stop it. The two riders will gather messages from the people they meet along the way urging the conference participants to take the action necessary to stop dramatic climate change.
The ride will take 9 months, pass through 11 countries and cover more than 15,000km. Simon said “Vietnam is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change. Without strong action to stop global warming it faces a very bleak future. The conference in Paris is really the last change the world has to prevent unstoppable and catastrophic climate change. We hope that by highlighting the stories of people already suffering from the consequences of climate change we can inspire people both in Vietnam and around the world to take their own action to stop climate change and help ensure the conference agrees to take urgent action to prevent catastrophe.” Kim said” “It’s crucial time to take action to save the world before it is too late”
During their trip Simon and Kim Ngan will be raising money for a project to help a community adapt to climate change in An Giang province in the Mekong Delta. They will also be raising awareness of climate change by holding speaking events at schools and in local meetings.
Simon from Scotland is a teacher and climate change activist who volunteers with 350 Vietnam. Kim Ngan from Vietnam is a writer with 4 published books.
For further information on their trip visit their website bike4afuture.com (bike4afuture.com/vi/ for Vietnamese)
Kim Ngan and Simon are available for interviews which can be conducted in either Vietnamese or English and will be based in Ho Chi Minh City until they depart.
Simon Nelson 01227377983
Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan 0984109317