13 Aug 2007
Getting Naked to Save the Planet.
At the Big Green Gathering one can learn a great deal. All kinds of workshops and talks are available, but one of the things I had no idea about before the Gathering was the World Naked Bike Ride. Once a year, in cities all over the world, people strip naked and ride their bikes, to raise awareness about oil dependency, body freedom and need need to curb car culture. This year’s happened in London in June. You can watch an excellent film about the Bike Ride here. The London Naked Bike Ride is the biggest in the world. At the BGG, a spontaneous naked bike ride took place, which was very entertaining.
You might wonder if it is illegal to strip off naked and ride a bike around, but apparently it isn’t illegal, no-one has ever been arrested on any of the UK rides. The BGG bike ride was accompanied by some wonderful body painting, in particular, the phrase “Less Gas, More Ass” on the above gentleman’s back… . While clearly this is unlikely to become the everyday way we always raise awareness about things, it is a wonderful way of making people think about these issues. While the small protest at the BGG didn’t raise the kind of reaction it might in the middle of a city, it generated lots of smiling faces and laughter, and it was interesting to see how actually it was all the children who were going “yuk, gross!”, rather than the adults! I don’t think we’ll start advocating that the Awareness Raising stage of the 12 Steps of Transition has to be done in the nude, but if you feel it would help, do let us know how it went!