Bike for Climate
RuiYan & I (YongPing) took part in a Critical Mass cycling event today as part of Global Day of Action on climate change. The streets of Poznan were flooded with at least a couple of hundred cyclists and we had a huge impact on the traffic for that span of time. The point of the critical mass was not to obstruct traffic but to make people rethink their means of travel. From our point of view, it seemed like we were making a good point. However, when I think about it, doing something this massive which affects the every day routine/lives of others make them resent the message we are trying to spread because of the way it is being put across? From the lack of cars honking at us, it might be something positive. =) Here is a short video put together from the event.
After the cycling event, there was a huge march from the Plac Wolnosci (Freedom Square) where hundreds of people wore loud and colourful costumes. Majority of the march participants were clowns and polar bears which was simply amazing and amusing. They marched with banners spotting the slogan, “Political leaders: Stop clowning around!”. The goal of the action is to communicate the message that 1) political leaders should take climate change serious and 2) that young people are serious about climate change and desire a stronger voice in the climate change negotiations.