We first spoke with Jessie on October 19th 2021 where she shared more about her cycle challenge of riding 570 miles to Glasgow for COP26. During this episode we catch up with Jessie to find out about her journey, the challenges faced and overcome, what it was like arriving in Glasgow and her thoughts on COP26 as well as her plans for the future.
Jessie in her own words:
I am a youth activist who cares deeply about the power of people to create change and this is exactly what I want People Pedal Power to do. The idea to start the movement came from my fears that more inaction would come from COP26.
I knew that we didn’t have time for this to occur, as this summit has to be the one where real change is created, if not by our leaders but by the power of individuals creating collective action.
As can be seen from the youth climate movement across the world, individuals really do have the power to create change, and so I decided to harness this!
I also believe in the immense power that words and storytelling have in helping us as individual to learn, understand and ultimately engage in the climate crisis. I have been trying to do this for the past 2 years with my monthly newspaper columns and other writing projects which discuss the climate crisis from the youth perspective.
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Who is Jessie
The day before the start of the challenge
Getting going and feeling relief
Partnering with the Adventure Syndicate
Film maker - Catherine Dunn
Starting with 50/60 people
Meeting people along the way
Magical moments from the experience
Why everyday was special
One of the hardest days on the bike
Tips and tricks for dealing with the tough times
Using music to change her state of mind
Coping with riding 100km per day
Why it was harder mentally
Arriving in Glasgow for COP26
Feeling unsettled in Glasgow
Partnering with Eco-Schools
Trying to get the youth voice in the media
The challenges at the event
Thoughts on COP26
Did attending the event help to make a difference
What it was like inside the conference
What it was like outside the conference
People power and feeling empowered
What’s next for Jessie?
Cycling during the winter months
Final words of advice
People Pedal Power - Demanding Climate action and greener more accessible transport.
Personal IG: @climate_jess_
The Adventure Syndicate is a collective of extraordinary cyclists who happen to be women and who aim to challenge what others think they are capable of.
Website - theadventuresyndicate.com
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