The climate crisis literally keeps me up at night.
When I became a dad, the news of continued global warming started to hit me a little harder, a little more personally. What kind of world are my kids and grandkids going to live in? Will it be one of scarcity - where it's hard to find something to eat, and somewhere safe to live? Will there be constant war due to large numbers of people being dislocated -- by extreme weather, sea level rise, drought, lack of water supply? How many of us will become refugees from climate-related catastrophe?
This is about everything, absolutely everything we care about.
What can one do? It's a daunting question. This is what I can do: Tangibly help organizations that are fighting the climate crisis, and by doing so, create some awareness and positive energy.
The ride will raise money for some good organizations, and hopefully raise awareness. This 390-mile ride is a big commitment -- in training, fundraising, and the sheer physical effort itself. It reflects the seriousness of our challenge.
I'm choosing to support 350.org, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and Boston Cyclists Union with my ride. There are many excellent organizations to choose from; I chose these to get a balance of national (350, Union of Concerned Scientists) and local (Boston Cyclists Union); grassroots organizing and nuts-and-bolts lobbying. There is no single right approach, no single "theory of change" to combatting climate change. We need them all.
Your generous donation is a tangible thing you can do, in the face of this immense crisis.
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In the face of great challenges, it is always good to realize that we have friends who will help out. I am extremely grateful for your support.