PROVINCE GIVES GREEN LIGHT TO ZERO EMISSION VEHICLES
Nov 29, 2007B.C. INTRODUCES CLIMATE ACTION LEGISLATION
Nov 20, 2007PROVINCE ANNOUNCES CLIMATE ACTION TEAM
Nov 20, 2007Applause for emissions law and new Climate Team
Nov 20, 2007FCM opens carbon offset market to canadian municipalities
Oct 26, 2007Climate change leaders promote North America's green future
Oct 24, 2007BCAA boosts Bike Month by offering free roadside assistance to cyclists
May 11, 2007One Day One School Program launched to promote active school trips
May 10, 2007BC high schools to receive Earth Day present - Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth"
Apr 16, 2007City of Vancouver’s Idle-free Bylaw enforced
Mar 29, 2007BC Throne Speech: Local Governments and Energy
Feb 19, 2007VANCOUVER, January 8th, 2007 /VANCOUVER ELECTRIC VEHICLE ASSOCIATION
Jan 9, 2007Light House Sustainable Building Centre is offering free energy efficiency screenings for new Institutional / Commercial / Industrial / Multi-unit Residential Buildings in BC
Jan 3, 2007New program to help 600,000 fleet vehicles across Canada go green
Nov 16, 2006Mayor Sullivan urges Canadian cities to adopt EcoDensity;
Nov 8, 2006Premier launches green cities project
Nov 3, 2006Car co-op service launched
Nov 1, 2006Seattle in King County- USA King County a (US) national model on climate change mitigation strategies
Oct 31, 2006British Columbia's greenhouse gas emissions explode
Oct 16, 2006Kids Get a FREE Ride as Translink Supports "WALK TO SCHOOL WEEK"
Oct 5, 2006City taking applications for Youth Politik
Oct 2, 2006Government Provides Funding for New Biofuels Opportunities to Producers Across Canada
Sep 22, 2006Warming Up to Bioheat
Sep 18, 2006Unique EARTHRACE vessel to make stop in Vancouver’s Granville Island - Tues Aug 1st
Jul 28, 2006New Greenpeace Ad Slams Gas Guzzlers
Jul 26, 2006$2 Million to Promote Active Commuting Options
Jul 7, 2006Report to the Prime Minister on Cities and Communities
Jun 22, 2006One Day, One School
Jun 19, 2006Mayor Sullivan launches Vancouver EcoDensity Initiative
Jun 19, 20062006 Design Competition Exhibit: “Closing the Loop”
Jun 19, 2006An Invitation to Watch the World Urban Forum
Jun 16, 2006Urban Design Certificate Program
Jun 15, 2006Design partners launch Greater Vancouver GreenGuide
Jun 13, 2006BCAA boosts Bike Month by offering free roadside assistance to cyclists
Jun 9, 2006CBC "Favorite City Space" contest
Jun 5, 2006Plastic Bag Tax motion from North Vancouver
Jun 1, 2006Conservation Action 2006
May 23, 2006The New and Improved PedalMetalStudio is now OPEN!!!
May 16, 2006URBAN Turbine Project for GVRD
May 8, 2006100 Mile Diet
May 8, 200642,000 Kilometers by Foot, Oar, Ski and Bicycle - The first human powered circumnavigation of the earth.
May 3, 2006Sustainable Design Competition "Closing The Loop"
Apr 11, 2006One Day Launch Itinerary
Sep 20, 2005City, corporate and community leaders launch One Day
Sep 20, 2005About the Cool Vancouver Task Force
Sep 19, 2005One Day Leadership Council Backgrounder
Sep 19, 2005The City does a lot in One Day
Sep 19, 2005One Day Campaign Backgrounder
Sep 19, 2005
42,000 Kilometers by Foot, Oar, Ski and Bicycle - The first human powered circumnavigation of the earth.
Newsletter Update - Apr 29, 2006
Homeward Bound - Pueblo, Colorado
It has been six weeks since Julie and Colin bade goodbye to their rowboat in Limon, Costa Rica, and in that time they have cycled six thousand kms (with only two days off) through Central America, Mexico, and the USA. As the duo now cycles past the snow-capped Rocky Mountains, finally the prospect of reaching home is looking like a reality.
Cycling through the United States has been a pleasure, and after traversing seventeen countries, Julie and Colin report it being at the top of the list for safety. The shoulders have been wide and drivers courteous. The hospitality and warmth of Texans has been absolutely astounding, making the journey through this giant state a relaxing and enjoyable affair.
Remembering 2 Years of Travels
It has been almost two years since Expedition Canada departed from Vancouver on a drizzly June morning. Since that time the team cycled north through Canada and then voyaged the entire Yukon River by canoe and rowboat. From Alaska they rowed across the dangerous Bering Sea to Siberia, becoming the first to travel from Alaska to Russia by rowboat. Far Eastern Siberia is a land without roads and thousands of kilometers of wilderness were traversed by trekking, skiing, and cycling along frozen rivers. After reaching the Road of Bones in Eastern Siberia, the team still had sixteen thousand kilometers of dirt and asphalt roads to pedal through Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain and Portugal until reaching the Atlantic Ocean.
From Lisbon, Portugal, Julie and Colin departed on a 9,965 km unsupported rowboat crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. The couple battled four cyclones including two hurricanes, were almost hit by two ships, and had to subsist on fish after being delayed by contrary winds. On February 24th, 2006, after 145 days at sea the duo reached Limon, Costa Rica. They became the first to row from mainland Europe to mainland North America, and Julie became the first woman in the world to row across the complete Atlantic Ocean and the first Canadian woman to row across any ocean.
In Limon they remounted their Norco bicycles and began cycling the final 8,000 km leg to Vancouver.
The physical rigours, difficulties and dangers of conducting this expedition are almost beyond description. The physical output alone is equivalent to running a marathon a day, day after day, month after month, year after year. But it is also combined with the difficulties of fundraising from the road, organizing logistics, dealing with bureaucracy, penning a book and creating a film.
Even more daunting than the non-stop toil, are the dangers the team has continually faced. On the Atlantic Ocean Julie and Colin were affected by two hurricanes and two tropical cyclones (the closest being Hurricane Vince where the eye passed 95 nautical miles from Ondine). A cargo ship off the coast of Europe almost ran the rowers over, and they were only spared by the bow wave of the freighter, which tossed the small rowing vessel aside, allowing Julie and Colin to regard the spectacular view of 15,000 tonnes of steel sliding past from a metre away. In Eastern Siberia, during white out conditions and a wind-chill temperature of minus one hundred degrees, Colin was separated from the group and given up for dead. He huddled through the night in a snow cave he built, and was saved by the fact that the winds relented enough to reveal the lights of a distant settlement which he staggered to, frost-bitten and hypothermic.
But now the difficulties are behind the team, and only wide roads and temperate breezes lie between them and Vancouver. On May 20th Julie and Colin plan on cycling into Vancouver completing the world’s first human-powered circumnavigation.
And why are they doing this?
Global temperatures are rapidly warming, and human actions are considered a contributing cause to climate change. A huge source of CO2 emissions is from automobile usage.
Julie and Colin are hoping that their journey around the planet will help to inspire others to use zero-emissions transportation as a fun and healthy means of getting around. It may take more discipline pedalling your bicycle to work on a rainy morning, but physically and mentally it will make a positive difference on a personal level. And by doing so you’re helping to move us all into a greener future.
Ironically during their self-propelled journey around the planet, the team encountered an extraordinary number of meteorological disasters. They fought their way through the smoke and flames of Alaska and the Yukon as record temperatures and low rainfall caused the forests to burn. In Europe Julie and Colin cycled from the floods of Germany, which caused the Danube River to overflow inundating towns and villages, to the drought-ravaged countryside of Portugal. The duo then rowed from the dry shores of Portugal and on into the worst hurricane season in recorded history.
Nobody knows exactly how much our future will be affected by global warming, but one thing is for sure; as human beings our choices affect the future health of our planet. Expedition Canada urges everybody to do their bit to help preserve earth for future generations.
Join the Team!
Julie and Colin plan on cycling into Vancouver on May 20th and will complete their journey at the totem pole in front of the maritime museum where they began two years previously.
For those that want to show their support for green transportation, come join the team on your bikes, rollerblades, etc. at the Museum of Anthropology at U.B.C. and journey the final six kilometres of this round-the-world odyssey.
Julie and Colin will be reaching the totem pole in front of the Maritime Museum near Kitsilano Beach at 11:00 am, and welcome anyone who wishes to share the final moments of the expedition with them. For more details please go to www.expeditionplanetearth.com/homecoming.html.