Dad’s cycle ride against climate change

Ged Edwards and Ann Wilson
Ged Edwards and Ann Wilson

A PRESCOT dad got on his bike to ride from London to Paris to encourage politicians to do more to tackle climate change.

Father-of-three Ged Edwards joined 17 other campaigners to pedal to the City of Light in time for the United Nations Climate Change Conference.

Ged works for Catholic aid charity Cafod and the ride was part of the organisation’s One Climate, One World campaign urging those in power to improve sustainability, cut carbon emissions and prevent global temperatures rising above dangerous thresholds.

Ged joined Catholics from around the world in handing over a petition with more than 400,000 signatures calling for a fair and binding climate change deal to top UN executive Christiana Figueres.

Ged, 55, said: “I wanted to be a part of the Paris climate change march as an act of solidarity for those most affected by climate change, who do not have a voice.

“I believe passionately in trying to reduce our impact on the world, I enjoy cycling to work so when the opportunity arose I was eager to take part.

“We are campaigning for a fair climate change deal to help prevent those at risk from being pushed further into poverty by our actions.”

Ged, who completed the long route with his friend Ann Wilson, was inspired to take part by Pope Francis, who gave a speech urging everyone to take better care of the world and recognise the devastating effects climate change will have on the most vulnerable people.