I often hear and see that Rock The Bike's work inspires people, whether it's a unique custom bike or a bike blender. That’s part of our mission. Now I'm taking the show on the road, and seeking your support as I ride the new BooLander in the upcoming Climate Ride in Death Valley!
Any supported ride like the Climate Ride costs money to put on. I donated $1400 to my campaign, covering the support costs for this ride. That means everything you donate will be 100% used for climate advocacy!
It seems that all the world is at stake. News of coral reefs bleaching, icebergs disappearing, and the displacement of people is discouraging and demoralizing, especially when settling in with a new Administration that seems hell-bent on accelerating all of it. When people are discouraged and demoralized they don't tend to do much. It's when they feel hope and inspiration, and maybe a healthy dose of anger too, that change can begin. Individuals can make changes in their personal choices, like cycling, that, on the aggregate, can reduce our use of fossil fuels. And they can stand together in a movement to resist theft of the sky and oceans and land for the betterment of the few.
I won’t claim that we can cure it all by cycling, but I'm committing to better train and understand my role in this movement to increase my impact. My horse is the just-finished BooLander, a tall bike made of bamboo and held together by the stuff broken-arm casts are made of, and my terrain, at least to start, is the American West.
Above: a brave participant at the "Stand Up For Science" Climate Rally learns how to ride the BooLander.
For the last few summers, I've hit the road with friends to bike tour in the wild places of Colorado, Wyoming, and California. These have generally been vacations from Rock The Bike. Now I'm seeking to combine these tours with my work, to serve the mission of Rock The Bike out in the world.
I want to advance my skills in person-to-person Climate Advocacy and I'm seeing this Climate Ride as a great start. One-on-one, inspirational, friend-level, bringing-you-in advocacy is what got me involved in the cargo bike and climate movements. I believe it's a tried and true means of getting our message out there. At the Climate Ride, I'll be surrounded by Climate activists who can listen and vet my techniques and message, and share their own.
What will your money support? The Climate Ride has pre-selected a long list of Climate orgs, from which I've chosen:
- 350.org , the leading international group speaking out and organizing against Global Warming. Their name says it all. We need to reduce Carbon in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million, according to scientific consensus. But before we can do that we have to stop increasing it!
- Bike East Bay, our local bike advocacy group in Oakland and the East Bay. They make it easier, safer, and more compelling for regular people to jump on a bike for everyday transportation. They emphasize diversity in their programming and work in both high and low income areas of the East Bay.
- Climate Disobedience Center. Founded by Tim Dechristopher, who disrupted an auction of public lands to the oil and gas industry. We need to pursue a variety of tactics to resist the trend of oligarchy and civil disobedience is an important one!
There are many other worthy orgs to which you can donate, but these three represent an approach I stand behind.
I'm riding hundreds of miles and raising money for non-profit organizations that I truly believe in. Your generous donation is an investment in a healthier, safer future and will help our beneficiaries work to make this a reality.
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Thank you for your help!