Posted by: ecodestination | August 12, 2009

Fierce bikers: Bring it on, climate change

Climate Ride 2008 - photo by climateride.org

Climate Ride 2008 - photo by climateride.org

If you love biking, have I got good news for you!

You can partake in a fully supported fundraising bike ride next month and spend 5 days traversing gorgeous landscapes to raise awareness about climate change, plus hang out with 200+ likeminded people—from renewable energy experts to climate activists and average Janes and Joes.

There are currently 40 spots left to register and for Brita Climate Ride, a 5-day, 300-mi-long bike ride taking you all the way from New York City to Washington, D.C. from September 26-30.

Once in D.C., you will hit the Capitol and get an opportunity to meet your state reps – and badger them into pulling their heads out of their, uh, bums, in time for the COP15 Copenhagen, the United Nations Climate Change Conference from December 7-18.

The event is a way to raise funds to support

essential climate and bicycling advocacy projects at three beneficiary organizations: Focus the Nation, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, and Clean Air – Cool Planet. Your fundraising helps the beneficiaries continue to provide the critical services and education needed to address climate and energy issues.

Additionally, you will be raising general awareness about climate change, carbon neutrality, and renewable energy.

There will be networking and informative talks provided by climate experts on subjects such as green technology and “solutions” to climate change (I suppose they mean mitigating the potentially devastating effects of climate change – or do you believe we still have time to turn back time? I don’t.). You can also munch on “great food.” Hopefully they’re looking into sustainably-grown food.

Go here for more videos – even to check out some of the countryside you’d be riding through.

If you’re not into biking but would like to help out, you definitely sponsor the ride.

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