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Bandung by Bike or Bust!

Group to Cycle from Bali to West Java to Raise Awareness on Reducing Carbon Dioxide Emissions

(9/17/2011) The State News Agency Antara reports that the Indonesian Environment Ministry will launch a 350-hour bicycling trip on September 27, 2011, from Bali to Bandung. West Java to mark the holding of the Tunza Indonesia, Children and Youth Conference on the Environment.

Dodo Sambodo, the spokesperson for the Ministry, said one of the aims of the long distance cycling trip is to draw attention to the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Indonesia is committed to reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 26%.

Eight representatives from cycling communities in Java and Bali will depart from the starting point of the West Bali port of Gilimanuk and then cycle overland to Bandung via Yogyakarta in Central Java.

The Tunza Children and Youth Conference on the Environment will be held in Bandung from September 27 to October 01, 2011. The conference will be attended by youth from around the world.

Held biannually, the conference in Bandung is slated to host 550 participants from 120 countries, most ranging in age between 15 and 25 years.

The conference intends to issue the “Bandung Declaration” defining the younger generation's role in working for sustainable development.