Sail to cop

Sail to cop

On October 2, 2019, 36 changemakers will sail to the COP25 and advocate for fair and climate-neutral transport options. FairClimateFund supports this young, enthusiastic group by making their journey completely Fairtrade CO₂ neutral.

More sustainable travel options

The sailing group’s statement:

“We are very concerned about aviation emissions – that is why we will not travel by plane but by sailing ship.”

During the conference and the trip, concerns are expressed about the negative impact of
air travel on our planet. The sailing trip is part of a year-long (media) campaign for
policy change at national and international levels. The aim is to accelerate the transition to a sustainable and fair travel industry.

“We want to make it easier, cheaper and more attractive to find sustainable travel options
choices, such as the train, bus and bicycle.”

Changing the transport system is a complex transition involving various
stakeholders are involved, such as train companies, NGOs, governments and policy makers. Therefore
the time on board is used to, among other things, conduct a think tank on sustainable travel options
being discussed.

The journey
The sailors depart from Amsterdam on 2 October. To get fresh food on board and for stretching the legs,
four stops will be made at: Casablanca, Tenerife, and Cabo Verde
Recife. After a journey of approximately 7 weeks, the sailboat will arrive in Rio de Janeiro
around November 20. The last part to Chile will be done by bus.

Update: The group’s journey has now been completed and the results and outcomes of their brainstorming sessions can be read in this report. An abbreviated summary is also available.

For more information: Sail to the Cop

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