A group of four cardiology researchers from the UMCG – University Medical Center Groningen will cycle to their conference on heart failure in Prague for four days. This is almost 800 kilometers. With the cycling, they want to draw attention to the fact that planes are often chosen too easily to travel to a conference.
Nils Bömer, Joost Beusekamp, Bart van Essen, and Suzanne Voorrips take on the challenge. They want to take action and raise awareness among colleagues about their impact. Within Europe, there are plenty of alternatives to travel to your destination. For the congress in the Czech Republic on May 20th, they will travel by bike. On May 16th, the four researchers leave, together with three other colleagues in a support car with food and drinks. By this way of traveling, their own footprint remains low. But that is not everything. They want to compensate for the emissions of their colleagues who do choose to travel by plane.
This requires 30.000 euros, which will be donated to our biogas project in India. This project prevents polluting emissions by adopting biogas practices instead of cooking on open fire.
With their bicycle trip to Prague, the four cardiology researchers hope to not only compensate, but also to raise awareness among colleagues about their footprint and to inspire them to choose for more environmentally friendly alternatives.
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