Sustainable Transport Project for Egypt participated in the cycling event organized by the Swedish Institute in Alexandria Friday, December 4th, concluding a week of activities under the theme “Facing the Climate”.
The activities included an international art exhibition in partnership with the Swedish Institute (Sevnska Institutet) in Stockholm and Mazg Cultural Organization in Cairo along with other activities and a final big ride touring the city of Alex to signify the importance of biking to combat climate change, and contribute to the reduction of global warming.
"Facing the Climate" event comes in conjunction with the summit of world leaders in the French capital Paris on November 29 to face the phenomenon of climate change and to negotiate solutions and measures to mitigate such damage phenomenon.
STP's participation comes in line with its awareness-raising strategy that focuses on the importance of non-motorized transport in the preservation of the environment from global warming, the reduction of air pollutant emissions, particularly carbon dioxide, and congestion.
The Project invited some members of the newly-established cycling teams in Menoufia and Fayoum, where the Project is implementing two pilots to promote modal share of non-motorized transport, to participate in the bike ride.
The ride witnessed a wide participation of Alexandrians and foreigners residing in Alexandria in addition to the director of the Swedish Institute in Alexandria, Mr. Peter Ideriod. The ride began in front of the Alexandria Center for Innovation passing through the Alexandria Corniche even Stanley Bridge to the east and then back to the end point at the Swedish Institute in Manshiya.
It is worth to mention that “Facing the Climate” international Exhibition contained artwork of Swedish, European, and Arab cartoonists, in addition to Egyptian cartoonists and comic artists from all Egyptian governorates. A film screening of the Tunisian documentary “A Siege of Salt and Sand” demonstrated the problem of climate change in Tunisia, followed by the screening of another documentary entitled “The Bliss of Ignorance”. It addresses the problem of pollution in South Africa and the dangers of coal usage as a source of energy.
Two environmental experts gave lectures; one discussed the environmental problems in Egypt and the effect of climate change, and the role of the citizens, while the second discussed the scarcity of fresh water in Egypt, and how climate change influences this.