Environmental campaigners to cycle around the world

Three environmental campaigners have set off on a round-the-world bicycle trip to show the potential of solar power in the fight against climate change.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, saw them off from outside City Hall on Friday (15 May) as they set off towards the coast on the first leg of a nine month journey.

The three Susie Wheeldon, Jamie Vining and Iain Henderson will be equipped on their expedition with a set of custom built thin-film PV solar panels on their panniers.

The team setting off coincides with European Solar Day and the money raised by the expedition will go to SolarAid, a charity that trains some of the poorest communities in rural Africa to build and sell small solar devices

Boris Johnson said: “I would like to wish Susie, Jamie and Ian who are kicking off their intrepid expedition right outside London’s City Hall, the very best of luck.

“Their trip demonstrates the very latest solar technology, which not only has an important role to play in tackling climate change but also helps to support the development of the green economy.”

Susie Wheeldon said: “With the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference at the end of the year we have an amazing opportunity to adopt technology that can tackle climate change and create new sustainable industry.

“This expedition allows us to highlight already available solar solutions as well as demonstrate how solar energy can be used to power everyday appliances such as our phones.”

Luke Walsh

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