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Cyclists from around the world paddle for climate change in Odisha

Puri (Odisha), Nov. 30 : Nearly 200 organisations from across the world took part in the Konark International Cyclothon here on Sunday to raise awareness about the effects of climate change.

The participants included representatives from educational institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), corporate houses, cycling clubs and government institutions from U.S. Canada, Japan among other countries.

Odisha tourism minister Ashok Panda flagged off the event and the cyclists paddled from Puri to Konark, covering a distance of 40 kilometres.

The organisers said the event aimed at promoting cycling among children and adults alike.

“Konark International Cyclothon is an attempt in Odisha to promote biking culture and also promote Odisha as a destination for bikers, a healthy lifestyle environmental friendly mode of transport and enable to enjoy the nature and be with nature,” said organiser of Konark International Cyclothon, Dhirendra Kar.

Arjuna awardee Minati Mohapatra participated in the event and appealed to youngsters to shun fuel-driven vehicles.

“This cycling event is aimed to create awareness towards environment and healthy lifestyle among children and adults. It’s an advice for the young generation who go to schools and colleges by scooters and cars to use cycle for their and environment’s betterment,” said Mohapatra.

The event was held a day ahead of the commencement of COP 21 in Paris where almost 200 world leaders will brainstorm to chalk a deal to prevent the planet from warming more than 2 degrees Celsius. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is participating in the event. (ANI)