Cyclists ride from New York City to Washington, DC to raise awareness of climate change and to call for a sustainable, clean energy future.
Bicycling and climate change awareness just seem to go hand-in-hand. That's the idea behind Climate Ride, an organization founded by bike enthusiasts Geradline Carter, Caeli Quinn, and Blake Holiday. Climate Ride hosts annual cycling events as fundraisers for a wide range of beneficiary organizations (including 350.org, Alliance for Climate Education and Clean Air-Cool Planet). The rides also serve as opportunities to raise public awareness of climate and energy issues. Through the events they aim to: "engage citizens in the possibility of a green economy, educate the public about the interconnected web of environmental issues related to the climate crisis, mobilize government and business to enact sound energy policies that promote renewables, and raise the profile of the bicycle as a crucial form of green transportation."
In May 2012, the 300 mile Climate Ride kicked off in Manhattan and traveled through New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland. Each evening, speakers shared information about climate and energy issues with riders and communities along the route, creating a unique combination of "a fundraiser and green conference on wheels." After 5 days, the participants arrived in Washington, DC for meetings with members of Congress and a rally on Capitol Hill.
Read a first-hand account of the ride from Mike Tidwell, Director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network.