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Environment

Cycling to save the Baltic Sea

Published torsdag 27 juni 2013 kl 14.21
"It's one of the most polluted seas in Europe"
(3:51 min)
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Cecilia Everet from Stockholm just completed 1,000 km of a 3,500 km Baltic Sea bike tour to campaign for environmental protection. Photo: Tom Sullivan/Radio Sweden
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Christopher Haringa from Massachusetts, a student at Uppsala University, is leading the cycling team. Photo: Tom Sullivan/Radio Sweden

A group of cyclists have embarked on a 3,500 km race through nine Baltic Sea countries to push for greater environmental protection of the waterway.

They're part of the "Race for the Baltic" campaign led by the Swedish organisation Zennström Philanthropies, and almost 90 other environmental groups, universities and companies. They want governments around the Baltic to put a stop to huge discharges of agricultural chemicals and to designate 30 percent of the sea a protected area.

The cyclists have just completed the first 1,000 km leg of their trip around the Baltic Sea coast from Malmö  to Stockholm.

Radio Sweden's reporter Tom Sullivan met them. Listen here:

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