Globetrotting campaigners make Isle of Wight stop

By Jon Moreno

Published on Sunday, November 22, 2015 - 09:00

 

Globetrotting campaigners make Isle of Wight stop

Garrett Blad and Morgan Curtis, dropped in on IW on their 3,500-mile challenge.

A FORMER Islander and her American companion stopped in Ventnor to share experiences of their 3,500-mile climate-change odyssey.

Morgan Curtis, 24 , and Garrett Blad, 23, who are cycling from the United States to France, were at Ventnor Botanic Garden to introduce Naomi Klein’s environmental documentary, This Changes Everything.

They also discussed the passion for climate change reform that inspired their five-month journey, which began in Vermont in June.

The pair travelled through Canada, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Greenland, Russia, the Netherlands and Ireland.

But Morgan could not resist the opportunity to visit the place she calls home, the Isle of Wight, on the final leg of their challenge.

It will culminate in their attendance at COP21, the United Nations climate change summit, at the Stade de France, Paris, starting on December 7 — still planned despite the terrorist atrocities.

Morgan, who used to flit between homes in London and Freshwater when she was growing up, cites the Island as one of the most important places in her life.

"My connection to the Island made me the person I am today. When I lived in London, I couldn’t get back to the Island fast enough," said the engineering graduate.

"Living on the Island helped me to understand the world in a very different way to my classmates. The roots of my interest in climate change always points to my time on the Island.

"We plan to return to consider what we do next. Writing a book about our experiences is an option."

Morgan will be coming back to the Island to spend Christmas with her family. Her father, John Curtis, heads the community interest company which runs Ventnor Botanic Garden.

Reporter: jonm@iwcpmail.co.uk

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