Travel towards the unknown, meet people, respect the Earth !!
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|Becoming CO2 neutral|
|Cycling Humanum Est|
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|A website by Jean-Marc Jancovici dealing with Energy, Greenhouse gases and Global Warming ; it is extremely well documented and contains lots of interesting information. It is essential for anybody who wants to have an opinion on this complex subject.|
Your company, your car journey, your plane flight, your heating system all emit CO2 into the atmosphere. CO2 emissions contribute to global warming.
Climat Mundi funds renewable energy and energy efficiency projects that significantly reduce CO2 emissions. You can help fund these projects and offset your impact on the climate by purchasing reductions equivalent to your level of CO2 emissions.
|Bilan CARBONE™ Personnel
||You can calculate your Personal CARBON IMPACT™, which is an estimate based on your lifestyle of the quantity of greenhouse gases you emit every year. These emissions fall into 4 different categories : housing, transport, food and consumption of finished goods.|
|ADEME||The French Environment and Energy Management Agency ... a very thorough statistical database on the subject.|
|WWF||I think there is no need to introduce the WWF, but I will do it : the association deals with global warming, chemicals pollutions prevention, sustainable lifestyles, endangered species protection, forests conservation, oceans and rivers …|
|FootPrint||An interesting initiative from WWF Switzerland where you can calculate your ecological footprint ... and modify your behavior if you wish ...|
|Greenpeace||Greenpeace exists because this fragile Earth deserves a voice. It needs solutions. It needs change. It needs action. See particularly the Stop Climate Change section where it says : to prevent climate change we need a revolution in energy policy and an evolution in the way we all use energy.|
Here is explained what the "degrowth" theory is all about … and why our current economic model based on continuous and unlimited growth can only lead us to chaos.
Quote : "A person who believes in unlimited growth in a limited world is either an economist or a head case".
|Population Connection||Formerly known as Zero Population Growth, this association promotes family planning and birth control. It is certainly not unnecessary here to remind that the current demographic outburst represents the greatest threat for the survival –in acceptable conditions- of the future generations.|
All the environmental news ... in French.
amis de la Terre
||Let's decide what kind of world we wish to live in ! LesAmis de la Terre are promoting a society respectful of the environment and of the persons. They raise awareness among people and lobby public and private decision makers on agriculture, GMO, forest conservation, global warming, sustainable behaviors, ...|
||"Spend better and live better", here is the motto of this website dedicated to responsible consumer behaviors and energy savings. You can also buy and/or exchange second-hand products.|
Advertising is one of the most terrifying evil of our society. It gets everywhere, brainwash most of us right after birth and try to maintain us unsatisfied and frustrated all lifelong. Advertising is harmful to the good of the society and is responsible for the violent behaviors of those who can't control their frustration.
The day it will be finally acknowledged that social order is at this cost, and that materialism is a value from another time, then maybe there will be peace and happiness for all. Until this happens, the resistance is getting organized …
à l'agression publicitaire
|Plane Stupid||Or plain stupid, this is quite equivalent ! This is an association aiming at bringing the aviation industry back down to Earth !!|
|Low Fly Zone||Choosing to live gently ... here is a website encouraging people not to fly but travel differently instead (by bicycle, train, boat, etc). Little peculiarity here, you can take a pledge and commit yourself to not fly for the next 12 months ...|
|The Meatrix||3 cartoons inspired by the movie "Matrix" and which deal with animals living conditions in meat, milk or eggs factories, and its obvious painful consequences for the environment. Real good ! Do not miss it !|
|The Yes Men||
Impersonating big-time criminals in order to publicly humiliate them. Targets are leaders and big corporations who put profits ahead of everything else.
for bicycle travelers
The Bicycle ... is a key component on a bicycle trip. Rando-Cycles is specialized in the custom-made construction and assembly of « world-tour bicycles » for 25 years … they are in Paris, porte de Vincennes.
||They have everything you need for camping in the wild ... be it underwater, on the Everest, in your garden, on the Moon or in Antarctica !! The website is extremely useful and will help you to find out what you really need.|
|Hospitality Club||Hospitality Club aim is to bring people together - hosts and guests, travelers and locals. Thousands of Hospitality Club members around the world help each other when they are traveling - be it with a roof for the night or a guided tour through town. Joining is free, takes just a minute and everyone is welcome. Members can look at each other's profiles, send messages and post comments about their experience on the website. The club is supported by volunteers who believe in one idea: by bringing travelers in touch with people in the place they visit, and by giving "locals" a chance to meet people from other cultures we can increase intercultural understanding and strengthen the peace on our planet. Currently there are more than 300,000 members in more than 200 countries.|
seeks to internationally network people and places, create educational
exchanges, raise collective consciousness, spread tolerance and
facilitate cultural understanding. So this is not just about finding
free accommodations around the world ...
The Warm Showers List is a list of Internet cyclists who have offered their hospitality towards touring cyclists. The extent of the hospitality depends on the host and may range from simply a spot to pitch a tent to meals, a warm (hot!) shower, and a bed. Currently there are more than 4,500 members.
The French association dedicated to bicycle travelers. There is a magazine, a few events organized every year and a database of persons willing to offer hospitality. Membership is not free.
|Lonely Planet||The traveler's Bible ! Lots of useful information to prepare your trip.|
|Aventuriers du bout du monde
||The second travelers' Bible, for French speakers only. Its forum is particularly active and useful.|
|Mountain Bike in Bhutan||The Bhutanese mountain biking association ... definitely worth a visit just to have a look at the elevation profile of the only road going through the country !|
||A very useful website to find out everything you need to know about getting a visa for any country from France.|
|Iranianvisa||To pre-obtain your Iranian visa while traveling. It is supposed to reduce the visa turnaround time at the embassy to only 1 or 2 day maximum. I did not use the system yet, but I intend to in October-November 2008.|
||For travel insurance. Expensive but thorough !|
|Conseils aux voyageurs
This is the website of the French Foreign Affair Ministry. You can find the latest safety recommendations and all the useful numbers (French embassies / consulates).
websites of bicycle travelers
Pazu, who I very unexpectedly met in 2005 in Laos (Tumlan) ...
||Alice and Andoni, who I briefly met in Bangkok in 2006.|
||VéloBuc, it's not just about cycling ... it's much more : This is re-inventing the use of the public space and easing up the daily trips of all city dwellers, especially the most vulnerable : pedestrians and urban cyclists, children and elders.|
To spread the bicycle revolution !! Several demonstrations are regularly organized.
||Bicycle self service transit system in Lyon.|
||Bicycle self service transit system in Paris.|
||Bicycle self service transit system in La Rochelle.|
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||Bicycle self service transit system in Rennes.|
||Bicycle self service transit system in Orléans.|
||At the bottom of the page, there is a list of the European cities where there is a bicycle self service transit system.|
It is the first company proposing new generation CYCLOS in France. Those electric tricycles are driven by qualified Cyclonautes and propose the same service as a taxi for the price of a bus ticket.
It's not just mountain bike riding, it's an adventure !! ... follow the papers ... On On ... Checking ... On On ... Flip Flop rules, etc ...
|World Naked Bike||Dare to bare ...|
|La confrérie des
fêlés du Grand Colombier
||To visit ... for the fun of it ...|
The vélomobile, a synthesis from the best of a bicycle and the best of a car. In short, it is a 3 wheels bicycle with a body around it. Try it, you will love it !
French news ... and a some interesting analysis. See opinions.
||Really interesting for its economical section !|
|Voltairenet.org||Quite a big slap in the face for those who think they know for sure what is going on. This website is dedicated to geopolitical analysis, and usually (exclusively !?) target the USA, Israel and neo-liberals from all countries. A very useful point of view in a time where information is far too much standardized. However, read it carefully, and with all your neuronal capabilities up and running.|
|In order to keep an eye on what's going on in the Kingdom ...|
Beyond the sport results, what is interesting are the scandals : doping, violence, advertisement contracts, salaries, spying, cheating, corruption, power struggles, etc ... a great indicator of our society ! Vive le Sport !
||Official website of my hometown Châteaudun.|
||A small cooperative village in the "gorges de l'Ardèche" in France, which was re-built thanks to the efforts of more than 10,000 young volunteers.|
|Suan Mokkh||A monastery where you can learn –in English- the anapanasati meditation technique. A retreat of 10 days is organized at the beginning of every month : this is a good time to think about life in general and about who you truly are.|
|Tattoo School Thailand||Run by K.Kanthima, the 2006 International Tattoo convention award winner. The first and only Tattoo School established in Thailand (Hua Hin).|
|Cloud Appreciation Society||A website for cloud enthusiasts !! There are numerous pictures, arranged per type of cloud, and of course, there is the cloud of the month.|
|Int. Campaign to Ban Landmines||Just
to refresh memories, the mine ban treaty
act, which forbids
the production and the use of landmines, was signed in 1997 by 150
countries. Countries who did not sign this treaty are including the
USA, Israel, Iran, Iraq, Syria,
India, China, Burma, Pakistan, Russia, Cuba, ...
|Ban Mine in USA|
The United Nations agency who handles the refugees.
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