Geoff gearing up for cycling pilgrimage to France

PUBLISHED: 17:00 20 November 2015 | UPDATED: 13:22 24 November 2015

Geoff Gilbert with be cycling from Dieppe to Paris as part of a group raising people's awareness of climate change. Ref mhh 6792-47-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Geoff Gilbert with be cycling from Dieppe to Paris as part of a group raising people's awareness of climate change. Ref mhh 6792-47-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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The 150-mile cycle ride from Dieppe, in northern France, to Paris is organised by relief and development charity Tearfund and Climate Stewards, a Christian environment charity.

Geoff Gilbert with be cycling from Dieppe to Paris as part of a group raising people's awareness of climate change. Ref mhh 6798-47-15SH. Picture: Simon HornGeoff Gilbert with be cycling from Dieppe to Paris as part of a group raising people's awareness of climate change. Ref mhh 6798-47-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

A Honiton man is gearing up to take on an ambitious cycling challenge to show his commitment for people around the world who are affected by climate change.

Geoff Gilbert, 66, of Hill Crescent, will take on a cycling pilgrimage to Paris on Tuesday, November 24.

The 150-mile cycle ride from Dieppe, in northern France, to Paris is organised by relief and development charity Tearfund and Climate Stewards, a Christian environment charity.

Geoff, who is a member of Honiton Community Church, said: “These climate talks are a crucial moment in the fight for climate justice.

“People living in extreme poverty need a binding agreement from world leaders, to help them cope with the devastating effects of climate change they face daily.

“That’s why I’m joining this cycle ride - to stand up for those who have no voice.”

The ride is aimed at encouraging world leaders to agree a fair, ambitious and binding deal at the United Nations Climate Change Conference.

Paul Cook, Tearfund’s advocacy director, added: “At Tearfund, we help the world’s most vulnerable, and see all too frequently how a simple change in a weather pattern, like rainfall coming late, can send people into abject poverty, destroying their livelihoods, homes and families.

“Climate change is real and it is here now. In Paris we want to see a global deal, with leaders agreeing both immediate actions to tackle this threat and a long-term plan to reduce carbon emissions by 2020.”

Geoff is expected to arrive in Paris on Friday, November 27.

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