Posts Tagged ‘Rails to Trails Conservancy’

Climate Ride

You know the water filtering pitcher you’ve got in your fridge–the one I hope you’re using to refill a non-plastic water bottle more often than you’re buying bottles of water–if you are like  most households that have filtering pitchers, it is probably a Brita. Brita has plenty of big ol’ commitments to the planet, and one of their terrific initiatives is the Brita Climate Ride. Are you looking for a biking challenge/getaway that is more about best for the earth than personal best? This is a 300-mile, five-day bike ride from New York City to Washington DC. Once at the steps of the capitol in the capital, riders will meet with their elected representatives from their congressional districts to encourage action.

It’s not just a bunch of Spandex-clad jocks—in addition to motivated riders, renewable energy experts and environmental activists provide talks and discussions each evening at the rest camps where you’ll learn as much about the issues as you can absorb. It is a “Climate Conference on Wheels.” Above is a video clip from the 2008 ride.

Riders pay an entry fee of $100 and are asked to raise an additional $2,400 in tax-deductible donations (feel free to raise a bunch more), and the money raised goes to Focus the Nation, the Rails to Trails Conservancy, and Clean Air Cool Planet. (click the links to find out more about these hard-working organizations)

The ride takes place September 26-30 (there are special arrangements for Climate Riders who observe Yom Kippur) during the beautiful beginnings of autumn coolness along the scenic corridors connecting New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland on the way to DC. It’s a pretty great active vacation plan—and a great way to make a difference for yourself and the future.