In the autumn and winter of 2015, I took a 4,000 mile bicycle ride across the United States to raise money for 350.org, a group that supports renewable resource development, sustainability, and responsible climate action. I raised about $1.oo for every mile I rode, and had 10 weeks of fantastic adventure.
In doing so, I learned a lot. Mostly, a lot about myself, what I needed to be comfortable, and how to keep going when I just really wanted to quit. The most important thing I took away from the ride, though, was that if you’re just doing something for an external sense of fulfillment, it’s absolutely not going to work. Had the ride been all about fundraising or all about convincing people to think about what they can do from day to day to combat global climate change, it would have been a total failure. Instead, those things were just additional benefits to a fantastic journey that allowed my to see some awe-inspiring sights and changed the way I think about almost everything, from public transit to food production to measuring distances.
Now, I’m back to working with 350.org in Philadelphia. Our current projects include: pushing SEPTA (SE Pennsylvania’s public transit network) to reduce their use on fossil fuels and move towards renewable energy for powering public transit.