Environmentalists spread global message on climate change
After 26 years of travelling to all continents during seven world tours to spread the word on the dangers of global warming, two Indian environmentalists, Mr R. Gnana-sekaran and Mr T. Srinivasa Rao and members of their family are now in Asia on their eighth world tour.
As determined as ever, they are spreading the message “Unite the world to save the earth from global warming.”
Their new 2012 tour, supported by Hyundai Santa Fe of India, began in Malaysia. They then travelled through Thailand, explored Champassak province and drove north to Vientiane. Their journey next takes them to Cambodia, Vietnam and Singapore followed by an 80-day sea passage to London.
Srinivasa and Gnanasekaran are on a return visit to Laos, having previously fallen in love with its green spaces and natural beauty. They wanted to come back to build awareness of the value of Laos' forests and the need to protect them.
When they talk about the global warming issue the pair begin to look serious. They explain that the threat of climate change is caused by rising global temperatures and is the most significant environmental challenge the Earth faces in the 21st century.
To avoid the most catastrophic impacts, any temperature increase must be less than 2 degrees Celsius. This is still possible, but time is running out, they say. To stay within this limit, the amount of greenhouse gas emissions will need to reach its peak by 2015 and then rapidly decline. It must reach as close to zero as possible by the middle of this century.
The travellers want to see developed countries provide more funding for developing nations to protect their natural resources and maintain better environmental conditions, to prevent further global warming.
When they finish their tour of the region at the end of 2013, Srinivasa and Gnanasekaran plan to send their message to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York.
Since 1986 the two activists have been promoting environmental awareness and covered 600,000km in the process. They have visited 120 countries and attended two summits in Copenhagen, Denmark, on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The environmentalists' first world tour was undertaken on bicycles starting in New Delhi and crossing every continent, championing world peace and nuclear disarmament. Their other missions have included saving Antarctica, saving the rainforests, environmental protection, and saving the planet.
After riding through all the continents, the two have developed a greater understanding of the issue and say that Mother Earth is in urgent need because of global warming. They say a worldwide campaign to call for people to join hands to save the Earth from disaster is essential.