Appenzell Ausserrhoden & Appenzell Innerrhoden, 15th August
On this sunny Sunday morning, we cycled towards Appenzell Ausserrhoden. When we arrived in Herisau, we looked for a nice place for lunch. A local baker spontaneously invited us to use the tables and chairs of his closed café for our picnic and even served us cool drinks. What a lovely welcome!
A little later we arrived in Appenzell, where we were able to hand over the petition directly to the Finance Director. He took the time to discuss with us and everyone was able to present their concerns and ask him questions. A great experience for all participants!
In the evening we were invited to dinner by two Campax members. A wonderful evening with the best food in a beautiful garden.
St. Gallen, 16th August
In St. Gallen, the petition was not received by the finance minister personally, but only by the state chancellery. Due to that, some participants were somewhat frustrated and pessimistic because they didn't believe that this campaign will make a difference in the canton of St. Gallen. Nevertheless, it is worth a try!
Thurgau, 17th August
In Frauenfeld, we went to the cantonal administration to hand over the petition. At the reception desk, the secretary told us that they were not ready to receive the petition – this despite the fact that the finance director had written to us that we should hand in the petition at the reception desk, as he himself was in a meeting. After some time, we were able to hand over the petition to the director's secretary.
Schaffhausen, 19th August
The petition handover in Schaffhausen attracted a lot of media interest: Teletop, Radio Munot and Schaffhauser Nachrichten sent representatives.
Aargau, 20th August
On our way to Aarau, we faced some obstacles. In addition to our first flat tyre, we also lost several participants for a short time. Fortunately they soon found their way back to the group.
Neuchâtel, 26th August
In Neuchâtel, a television crew greeted us, and our group leader, Nora, gave an interview – in French. The ride along the lake was especially beautiful!
Geneva, 28th August
When we arrived in Geneva at the Jet d'Eau, we were warmly welcomed by members of the BreakFree Collective, the Grève pour l'Avenir and representatives of the Greens, the SP and SolidaritéS.
Waadt, 30th-31st August
We arrived in Lausanne in the afternoon of the 30th august. After the delivery of the petition, we were invited to a short city-tour and a apéro at the lakeside. Thank you, Christine and Alain!
The next day, we rode to Wallis, an exceptionally beautiful ride through the vineyards of the Lavaux. We made a break at the Chillon castle, where some of us even went for a swim!
Wallis, 4th September
The first stage with more than 1,000 metres of altitude! And that included the handcycle! The way to Ernen and then on through the Goms was exhausting, but very rewarding. The Roman bridge ahead of Ernen, the village of Ernen itself and the suspension bridge near Mühlebach were particularly beautiful. In general, the Goms with its charming, traditional villages is truly impressive.
Wallis & Tessin, 6th September
The Nufenen Pass! As a small but strong group we tackled the comparatively steep pass. From a sporting point of view, it was quite manageable for everyone, but the experience was marred by the many cars and especially motorbikes that sped past us. Really not a nice experience!
We started the day with a really multilingual group of German-speaking Swiss, French-speaking Swiss and Ticino-speaking Swiss – led by Iared, our Ticino-speaker within the Campax office. "I couldn't remember whether to speak German, Italian, French, Spanish or English," said one participant. "But everyone had loads of fun and I really enjoyed the day."
Another eventful couple of days on the Tour de Climat came to an end. From Spluegen through Schams and the Viamala, this day's route took us to Felsberg, where we were invited for coffee and cake at the Quadrel Bouldering Gym. Then, it was onwards to picturesque Arcas in Chur, where the Climate Strike Graubünden, VCS Graubünden and representatives of the Freie Liste Verda welcomed us for a photo session.
The path along the Walensee offered a most particular challenge: dodging all the tiny and medium-sized lizards that wanted to sun themselves on the black asphalt. Some braking was necessary for this, but also a nice sign that there are so many of the cute little animals.
With a stiff headwind, we then headed up the Linth-Escher canal embankment into Glarus, where three quarters of an hour later we proudly introduced ourselves at the Landsgemeindeplatz and handed over the petition to the finance minister himself.
Schwyz, 13th September
The 20 participants in this day's stage of the tour were rewarded with a breathtaking view after the first steep climb when they reached the level of the Klöntalersee. But that had only been a foretaste. The second part of the climb, over the Pragelspass, was a really tough one for almost everyone. The motto of the day was thus "Sweat for the Climate".
Uri, 14th September
The route from Schwyz to Uri was very impressive. After a coffee break in beautiful Sisikon, we rode to Flüelen. The ride on the Axenstrasse was so bad because of the traffic that we decided to take the boat for this section on the way back to Meierskappel.
Obwalden & Nidwalden, 15th September
This day we were particularly busy on the Tour de Climat, because two petitions were handed over at the same time: One at the State Chancellery in Sarnen and the other at the government building in Stans!
Luzern, 17th September
On our way to Lucerne, thanks to some participants who are familiar with the region, we discovered a particularly scenic route along the lake. We rode up and down hills, and then also worked up quite a sweat.
At the Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge) we stopped for a quick photo shoot to record our message to the Canton of Lucerne: #DecarbonizeTheNationalBank!