With an aim to create awareness about the benefits of a pollution-free environment among schoolchildren, Anil Kumar M. (25), a postgraduate in Life Sciences (Microbiology) from Bangalore University, began a 60-day bicycle ride from the city to New Delhi on Sunday.
The programme, organised by the Indian Youth Climate Network and supported by Ride a Cycle Foundation (RACF), was flagged off by Shantinagar MLA N.A. Harris from Kanteerava Stadium.
Earlier, speaking to The Hindu about his initiative, Mr. Kumar said he would cover 8,000 km and speak to over 25,000 schoolchildren on the way. He hoped to motivate them to take up environmental issues and plant trees.
Besides, a major causes of global warming was the increased concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as a result of burning fossil fuel for transportation and energy. He would stress the importance of using bicycles to counter this, he said.
During his journey, Mr. Kumar will travel to Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Kanyakumari, Kozhikode, Panaji, Hyderabad and Mangalore, before returning to Bangalore.
He had already covered over 1,150 km, visiting Chennai and Coimbatore as part of his expedition, Mr. Kumar said, adding that he had motivated nearly 2,000 children to use cycles.
Sridhar P. of RACF stressed the need for separate cycle lanes in the city.