8000 Miles in the Andes by Bamboo Bike

Kate Rawles
Victoria Hall / Online
30 Jan 2024 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Book 30 Jan Book Season

8000 Miles in the Andes by Bamboo Bike: The Life Cycle biodiversity bike ride

Pedalling hard for thirteen months, eco adventurer Kate Rawles cycled the length of the Andes on an eccentric bicycle she built herself. Her book The Life Cycle: 8000 miles in the Andes by bamboo bike charts her mission to find out why biodiversity is so important, what’s happening to it, and what can be done to protect it.
From the Pacific Ocean to rainforests and salt flats, Kate learns that armadillos can cross rivers by holding their breath, that Colombia has more species of birds than North America and Europe combined and, that in threatening species and ecosystems, we’re tearing down our own life support system. En route, she witnesses the devastation of goldmining and oil drilling but finds hope in the incredible people working to regenerate habitats and communities. As she reaches the ‘end of the world’, she realises that to tackle biodiversity loss we all have a role to play.

Kate Rawles is a writer, speaker, cyclist and former university lecturer in environmental philosophy who uses adventurous journeys to raise awareness about environmental challenges. Her first book, The Carbon Cycle; Crossing the Great Divide, was shortlisted for the Banff Mountain Festival Adventure Travel book award, 2012. She writes for a range of publications, is a mountain and sea kayaking leader and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. She lives in Cumbria.

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