Coast-to-Coast For a Green New Deal
Dear Friends and Family,
In July of 2021 I am cycling coast-to-coast– from Boston to LA– in support of 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 cycling across America? 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. This 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 7 years, I know what congestion looks like: according to a report by INRIX, in 2019 Boston was ranked the most congested city in the US, and the second most in North America, only behind Mexico City. On top of that, Boston commuters lost an average of 149 hours due to traffic, which is a staggering amount of unproductive time lost. As you might imagine, LA did not do much better on those rankings! The pandemic might have changed the way we work, and as a result, commute, but it is important that we don't go back to congested pre-pandemic roads of the past.
That’s why I am riding from Boston ---> LA to help support 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 economically developing nations to provide sustainable transportation, skills, jobs and empowerment to local communities. BNB is doing some really great work and your donation will help make sure they can continue to do this work!
Your generous donations will help these organizations work to turn the tide on climate change, advocate for more sustainable transportation policies, and create 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!