Husband and wife Wayne and Sian Andrews will join thousands of people at a mass lobby of Parliament later this month to call for urgent action to protect the planet and its people – and they will be making the journey to London from their Botley home by bike.
On Wednesday 26 June, the duo will cycle the 160-mile round trip to Westminster where they will join campaigners from across the country and meet with their MPs outside the Houses of Parliament.
The mass lobby, The Time Is Now, has been organised by the Climate Coalition and will bring together supporters from groups as diverse as Christian Aid, Surfers Against Sewage and the Women’s Institute, to call on MPs to act on climate change.
As well as meeting with MPs on the day, at 2pm campaigners will set off alarm clocks and mobile phone alarms to stress that the time for action on climate change is now.
Sian, a member of Hedge End’s St Luke’s Church, hopes to meet with Eastleigh’s Tory MP Mims Davies to encourage her to call on the Government to set a target of zero carbon emissions by 2045 and pass an ambitious Environment Bill to put a halt to the mass extinction of species.
The earth’s alarm clock is ringing and our MPs have to wake up and take action.
- Sian Andrews, Cycling climate campaigner.
Sian said: 'As a Christian and Christian Aid supporter, I want to stand up against injustice and poverty, and climate change is one of the greatest injustices being faced by people today.
'Those who have contributed the least are the most affected by droughts, storms and flooding. People are already suffering, losing homes and livelihoods and going hungry and malnourished because of the relentless use of fossil fuels in the Global North.
'We need to look after the earth, so that it, in turn, can look after us and generations to come. MPs are being rickshawed out to meet with their constituents and we hope Mims Davies will come out so we can tell her how important it is that the Government acts now, at local, national and international levels to combat climate change. The UK should be leading the way.
'I’m hoping that the fact that we’re prepared to make the effort to cycle all the way to London will encourage her to meet with us and convey the message of how important this is. Life as we know it is at stake, these are unprecedented times and it is absolutely crucial for governments to take ambitious action now.'
Wayne is a Bikeability instructor and will be keeping his training up by cycling to different schools in Hampshire every week. Sian is preparing for the ride by cycling to work in Whiteley and with longer weekend rides to the South Downs.
Sian said: 'Quite a few of our journeys are by bike instead of car, but they’re usually much shorter ones than this one will be!
'I am a little nervous about cycling in London traffic but am looking forward to the achievement of getting to the centre of London under my own steam and having the opportunity to take part in this important action.'