Pole to Paris for climate awareness

Pole to Paris for climate awareness
Daniel Price.
PHOTO: The Star/ANN

KUALA LUMPUR - Daniel Price is on a mission to tell the world about climate change.

And he's doing it by cycling 17,000km from the South Pole to Paris.

Stopping in Malaysia, the 27-year-old told The Star that his journey started because he was frustrated how little people knew about climate change.

"I thought of using a journey to help pull more people in, because people are always interested in journeys," said the 27-year-old British scientist.

The trip, known as "Pole to Paris", will see him teaming up with a friend who will make a similar journey from Norway - but on foot.

They aim to make people aware of Paris' United Nations Climate Change Conference (or COP21), where world leaders will try to come up with a global agreement on the problem.

Using his own money, Price has already visited New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia and Singa­pore. Thailand will be next.

Previously, he spent over three months in Antarctica studying warming effects on its ice sheets.

Some reports said that if all of Antarctica's ice were to melt, global sea level would rise by 61m.

Sea levels in parts of Malaysia are expected to rise by as much as 1m, 85 years from now.

When asked how cycling through Malaysia was like, Price said the traffic here was "crazy".

He set off from Johor Baru on Sunday and reached here on Tuesday evening after a gruelling 150km ride from Malacca.

"I got to the edge of the city (KL), and I was just knackered. All the roads were just so insane. If I didn't have Google Maps, I probably would have quit," he laughed.

Price admitted that his message was sometimes lost, especially where people couldn't speak English.

"If people were drawn to my journey, or thought of Paris, that would be a plus for me," he said.

"Fighting climate change will not work if it is left to politicians alone."

"COP21 is our last chance to stop catastrophic climate change. If the public doesn't have an interest, how can change happen?" he asked.

For more information on Price's journey, visit www.facebook.com/poletoparis.

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