Well, I’m doing it again — this September 12-16 I’ll be doing the Climate Ride — riding my bike 400 miles from Bar Harbor, Maine, to our own Cambridge MA. I’m raising money to support three terrific organizations fighting the climate crisis*:
- 350.org: One of the most prominent grassroots organizing groups for climate in the world;
- Union of Concerned Scientists: A terrific organization that provides policy analysis and design, making the path clear to a clean energy economy. Based in our own Cambridge.
- Boston Cyclists Union: Creating momentum for more and better bike infrastructure in the City of Boston and beyond. They make a tangible difference in my everyday physical safety. Nice folks who do good work.
You can see from the thermometer that I’ve gotten a good start — as of this writing I’ve raised 18.5% of my goal of $4500. But there’s a long way to go!
As you know, the climate crisis has possessed my waking thoughts. (It should yours, too!) Our actions today can considerably soften the impact, but as the latest IPCC report says, we’ve only got 10-12 years to completely turn the ship around. I’m gratified that many more people are paying attention and taking action. I’m exceptionally grateful to the designers and supporters of the Green New Deal, and the young activists that have put this front and center — for the sake of their own survival.
We’ve all got to act with the greatest of urgency, and this is something fun and positive and challenging that I can do, to give those folks a little boost. Please give what you can.
… But beyond giving, I invite you: Why not join me on the ride? You have to raise $3000, and you have to train. It is an amazingly beautiful ride through Maine, a little sliver of NH and northeast Massachusetts. You don’t even have to do the entire distance — there is a van that can accommodate those who can’t do 80-100 mile days.
I can’t begin to tell you how much fun the ride is. There is nothing better than being on a bicycle, surely one of the most miraculous inventions of humankind. The world is beautiful, something to be treasured and preserved. And there is no better way to experience the reality and beauty of the physical world than on a bike.