A Modern Day Sale of Indulgences?The League of American Bicyclists has a blog post advertising the Climate Ride, to be held from NYC to DC on the 21-25th of September. In May of 2014, there will be one on the Left Coast. For those of us here in the hinterlands, it means driving or flying halfway across the country to California or the East Coast to ride a bike and think deeply about climate policy and climate science. Still some slots left open if you are interested but while you are at it, think of those pounds of carbon you are burning on that jet or SUV to get there (unless you do a self-supported tour to get there).
|Raise enough money |
and you get carbon offsets for the trip
If you do the official Climate Ride, have fun but make sure that its more than a feel-good activity held in a sea of indifference--bring something tangible back to your home town. Me? I'd rather avoid the heavy carbon overhead. As I snarked on the LAB blog post, flying to the East coast for a bike ride dedicated to climate consciousness is a little like holding a steak dinner to benefit vegetarianism.
Meanwhile, howz this: Los Alamos and Santa Fe can do a climate-consciousness ride. Let's meet at the Tesuque Market for lunch. I'm not sure that is halfway, but I like the food and don't know of a comparable place in Pojoaque. Albuquerque and Santa Fe can do one as well; its about fifty miles between them, right? I am sure that we can pass the hat to our favorite, climate-conscious local charity or the national one of your choice. Send the charity what you would have spent on the plane ticket or gas tank.