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Inspiring People series in Aberdeen will hear inspirational cyclist's South American odyssey

By David Porter

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Cyclist Kate Rawles will be journeying to Aberdeen next month, to speak for the Royal Scottish Geographical Society’s Inspiring People talks programme.

Kate Rawles will speak at Aberdeen University.
Kate Rawles will speak at Aberdeen University.

Passionate about using adventurous journeys to help raise awareness and inspire action on urgent environmental challenges, Kate Rawles’s most recent ‘adventure plus’ involved cycling the length of South America, from the Pacific Ocean to rainforests and salt flats, on a bamboo bike she built herself.

Kate learned 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. As she reached the ‘end of the world’, she realised that to tackle biodiversity loss we all have a role to play.

“I currently live in Cumbria but I grew up in Scotland and am a graduate of Aberdeen & Glasgow Universities" commented Kate.

"So, I’m absolutely delighted to be taking part in the RSGS Inspiring People talks – what an amazing opportunity to revisit favourite places and talk about the issues I’m most passionate about. See you there!”

“Kate has travelled across the world as a writer and environmentalist, with her goal to inspire action about urgent environmental challenges and reconnect with the value of the natural world” commented RSGS Aberdeen Local Group Chair David Green.

“We really look forward to the stories she will share with us about her adventures.”

Kate Rawles is speaking for RSGS in Aberdeen, Dundee, Dunfermline, Glasgow and Edinburgh in the week commencing March 4.

RSGS Inspiring People talks are open to all: tickets are free for RSGS Members, Students and U’18s and £10 for general admission.

Tickets are available to book online in advance at rsgs.org/events, and are available at the door for cash only.

Kate’s first talk begins at 7.30pm on March 4 at the University of Aberdeen, Meston Building, Northern Entrance, Aberdeen, AB24 3UE.

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