I wanted to write to let you know that in May 2020 I am biking coast-to-coast– from Boston to LA– in support of a Green New Deal and sane (and just) transportation policy in the United States. I'm doing my part to take action and resolve some of our pressing sustainability issues, but I need YOUR HELP!
Why am I taking on this challenge and biking coast-to-coast? My goal is to raise $10,000 for organizations that want to fight climate change and help transform our transportation system. The transportation sector is the largest emitter of C02 and other greenhouse gases in the US. In fact, the transportation sector accounts for 29% of the total emissions in the US – a number that will only rise unless our government institutes better policies that call for electric rail, affordable electric cars, reliable public transportation, better infrastructure; and, of course, more bicycling!
But climate change is not the only side-effect of our disastrous transportation policy: dangerous levels of air pollution kill tens of thousands of people every year in the States, and serious congestion in our urban and suburban areas results in countless hours of lost, unproductive time and frustration.
Living in Boston for the past 5 years, I know what congestion looks like: just last year Boston was ranked the most congested city in the US – and 8th on the planet! LA, as you can imagine, also is high on that list, and not in a good way…
That’s why I am riding from Boston ---> LA to support the Green New Deal, which is our best hope at building clean, sustainable transportation infrastructure and reversing the dangerous trend of climate change.
One of the organizations your donation will be going to is the Sunrise Movement, which helped bring the Green New Deal to the forefront of American politics in 2018. Over the course of just 3 years, the Sunrise Movement has built an army of young activists that are dedicated to stopping catastrophic climate change, and in the process creating millions of good-paying jobs– this is what the Green New Deal is all about!
Your donation will also support Bikes Not Bombs (BNB), a Boston non-profit, which is dedicated to “using the bicycle as a vehicle for social change”. BNB collects ~ 5,000 used bicycles in the New England area every year, and uses them in local youth development program and international partnerships in the Global South to provide sustainable transportation, skills, jobs and empowerment. I have volunteered for this organization in the past, and they are really doing some great things!
Your generous donations will help these organizations work to turn the tide on climate change, advocate for more sustainable transportation policies, and create millions of green jobs in the process! You can make a secure online donation today by clicking on the 'Support Me' button on the top of this page. Any amount of donation helps to fund these great causes. You'll automatically receive an acknowledgment after your support. Thank you so much for your help!