Brita Climate Ride 2008

David KroodsmaOn September 20th, a group of 100 cyclist will set out from New York City on a 5-day, 320 mile journey to Washington, DC to raise money and increase awareness for global warming solutions. Geraldine Carter and Caeli Quinn, who have spent the past ten years leading bicycling tours around the world, will lead the Brita Climate Ride 2008 along scenic backroads in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

The “Climate Riders” will pedal 45 to 80 miles each day. In the evening, after a hot shower and and a catered meal, they will gather for a presentation by an expert speaker, on topics ranging from the expected impacts of global warming to the possibilities of renewable energy. Members of the local communities will be invited to attend the lectures.

Each Climate Rider will be responsible for raising $2,250, to benefit Clean Air–Cool Planet and Focus the Nation, two non-profit organizations that are working to educate Americans about the impacts of climate change, to engage Americans in the possibility of a renewable energy based economy, and to mobilize politicians to legislate meaningful climate change and energy policies.

“I’m riding because we can solve the problem of global warming if we jump start a clean energy revolution,” said rider and organizer David Kroodsma, who previously completed the 5,000 mile Ride for Climate USA with riding partner Bill Bradlee.

In addition to raising funds, the Brita Climate Ride 2008 aims to advance the movement toward a green energy economy and encourage citizens to call on politicians to legislate meaningful climate change and energy policies. The event seeks to inspire individuals to take their share of responsibility for reducing fossil fuel energy consumption. Of course, the ride will showcase the bicycle as a viable, healthy and fun method of transportation. For more information on Brita Climate Ride 2008 or to register online, visit www.climateride.org.

–Karl Rosengarth

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