4,200-kilometre road trip to raise awareness about climate change
November 8, 2017
On the threshold of the next United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23) to be held this year in Bonn in Germany, Euro-Mediterranean youth took the lead of gathering 80 volunteers from both shores of the Mediterranean who made a trip from Marrakech to Bonn in 20 electric vehicles in order to raise awareness about climate change and how to travel sustainably.
The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Secretariat today welcomed the group of young people at its headquarters in Barcelona. Tomorrow they will present a smart photovoltaic torch at the UN headquarters in Geneva as a symbol of Euro-Mediterranean young people’s commitment to climate action.
Barcelona is the third stage of a youth led trip gathering 80 travellers and their families in electric vehicles to raise awareness about global warming and the need to take action against climate change. The Mediterranean Intelligence & Public Affairs Institute (MIPAI) has arranged this 4,200-km journey from Marrakech, home of COP22, to Bonn, host city of the next COP23, to raise awareness about the importance of sustainable travel and convey their commitment to the fight against climate change. To that end, MIPAI has developed, in partnership with other associations and NGOs in the region, a smart photovoltaic torch called “Light Us”. It will be presented at the United Nations as a symbol of Euro-Mediterranean young people’s commitment to climate action.