Estonian environmental activists have embarked on a project to raise public awareness about climate change by driving through seven countries en route to ongoing UN climate conference in Paris. The Climate Bus departed today and will make several stops on the way to Paris.
While the politicians, experts and lobbyists discuss in Paris the creation of a global agreement on approach to climate change to replace the Kyoto agreement, the activists will tour Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France in a minivan to bring the issue closer to people. They will make stops in important landmarks of Europe's energy mining and energy industry and explain topical problems with the help of local experts and environmental activists.
“What Estonia needs is to bring home the climate change topic, which seems almost distant, for we too play a part in it,” Silvia Lotma, member of the Climate Bus crew and head of the Estonian Nature Fund, explained. “For this reason, we put together a team that is willing to reflect on what happens outside of the conference halls in Paris.”
The team will log their journey and events in Paris and elsewhere in social, and other, more traditional media channels.
The bus will stop at:
- Pļaviņas Hydroelectric Power Station, Latvia – Discussion will focus on joint energy market and renewable energy in the Baltics.
- Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant, Lithuania – Problems of nuclear energy, the 3-billion-euro bill for closing the plant down.
- Konin Coal Mine, Poland – Future of mining technologies.
- Aachen Germany – Reducing the footprint of mining.
- Antwerp, Belgium – Significant costs involved in flood prevention as sea levels rise.
Route to Paris (Source: Hoiamaad.ee).
Editor: M. Oll