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Upcoming Presentations with Mindy

Friday, February 10, 6pm refreshments, 6:30pm program, Compassionate Ocean Zen Center, 652 17th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413 flyer

Saturday, February 11, 10:00 am, First Lutheran Church, 615 W. Fifth St., hosted by the Red Wing Citizens’ Climate Lobby chapter, stay for the international Citizens’ Climate Lobby phone call at noon

Thursday, February 16, 6:30 pm, By the Rivers, 690 Cleveland Avenue South in St. Paul, hosted by the Minnesota Pachamama Community

Wednesday, March 1, 9:30 am coffee, 10am program, RIDGEPOINTE Apartments, 12800 Marion Lane (West Building), Minnetonka, MN 55305, hosted by DFL Women

So, How was the bike ride?

Join us to find out and to get in action on climate solutions!img_0075

Monday, December 12, 2016
6:30 Refreshments and socializing
7:00 Presentation
8:00 Action opportunities

Edina Morningside Community Church
4201 Morningside Rd, Edina, Minnesota 55416

Come hear Mindy Ahler, Co-Director of Cool Planet, talk about her recent LowCarbon Crossings (LCC), a 4,000-mile bike tour from Seaside, Oregon to Washington, DC. LCC riders travelled through 14 states on the northern tier of America to raise awareness and inspire action on climate change solutions.

Mindy has just returned from Washington DC, delivering nearly 400 hand-written “take action on climate” messages to Congressional offices frompeople in the 14 states the LCC visited.

Joining Mindy on the journey was Ryan Hall from Livonia, MI for the complete distance and her Cool Planet partner Paul Thompson for 850 miles through SD, NE, IA and the final stretch from Pittsburgh to Washington DC

Presentation includes photos, video and stories from the journey and a discussion of how we all can take positive action to address our changing climate. The program is family friendly for children 8 and older, bring the youth, it’s their future we are building.

more info http://www.lowcarboncrossings.org
https://www.facebook.com/lowcarboncrossings/

We Made It!

Thanks to all who joined us on Sunday to make the ride into DC a special event and a great ending to our bike across the country.  Now the work continues for climate solutions…

img_0074Join Mindy at the Midwest Mountaineering Outdoor Adventure Expo for her presentation on the trip and how you can get involved:

Saturday, November 19 3:30 – 4:30 pm

U of M Hanson Hall, Room 102

More information here.

Didn’t get to be there live?  Watch the video!

 

Join us in DC for the grand finale

Bicyclists and climate champions are joining Mindy Ahler and Ryan Hall for the last leg of their 4,000 mile cross-country bike trip from Oregon to Washington, DC. The journey, called LowCarbon Crossings, is an opportunity for the two climate volunteers to speak with people throughout the country about climate science, the action we can take to create a livable future and cycling as a healthy, carbon-neutral way to see the world. We will accompany them on their final stretch on the C&O Canal tow path from Old Angler’s in Potomac MD to the US Capitol. There are three options—1) a round trip ride of 32 miles, 2) a one-way ride of 16 miles (requires self-transport to Old Angler’s), 3) a four mile fun ride from Georgetown. Or just join us at the Capitol for speeches followed by a dinner reception!

OPTION 1: ROUND TRIP, 32 MILES

11:30—12:00: Meet at the General Grant statue at the U.S. Capitol reflecting pool, west side http://bit.ly/2fiuFEV
12:00: depart for Old Anglers on the Capital Crescent trail, switch to C&O Canal tow path at Fletcher’s Boat House.
1:30: Arrive at Old Angler’s; we will meet at the CANAL BRIDGE along the tow path between mile 13 and mile 12; there is a sign market “ANGLER’S” at this point. From MacArthur Blvd. the bridge can be reached by walking down the path across the street from Old Angler’s Inn–the distance is about 200 yards and there are some stairs. DO NOT WAIT AT OLD ANGLERS INN PARKING LOT. (note: there are bathrooms at Angler’s along MacArthur Blvd).
2:00 Depart along C&O Canal Tow Path
3:30 Arrive at Capitol
4:00 Reception and speeches

OPTION 2: ONE-WAY, 16 MILES
(riders must arrange for their own transport to Old Anglers)

1:30: Arrive at Old Angler’s; we will meet at the CANAL BRIDGE along the tow path between mile 13 and mile 12; http://bit.ly/2ffsUdf
There is a sign market “ANGLER’S” at this point. From MacArthur Blvd. the bridge can be reached by walking down the path across the street from Old Angler’s Inn–the distance is about 200 yards and there are some stairs. DO NOT WAIT AT OLD ANGLERS INN PARKING LOT. (note: there are bathrooms at Angler’s along MacArthur Blvd).
2:00 Depart along C&O Canal Tow Path, rest of schedule same as above.

OPTION 3: GEORGETOWN TO CAPITOL FUN RIDE, 4 miles

3:00 (approx.): Meet at Georgetown Waterfront Park—in park at terminus of Wisconsin Ave under Whitehurst Freeway. http://bit.ly/2fw91Ca
3:30 Arrive at Capitol
4:00 Reception and speeches

The C&O towpath is not paved. hybrid bikes, mountain bikes or cross bikes are recommended.  Here’s one option for renting a bike in DC to join the fun: http://bikeandrolldc.com/rentals/

Those who are not bicyclists can join too! Come to the Capitol at 3:30 for photos and to welcome our riders (http://bit.ly/2f2ti00). We will follow with a reception at HUNAN DYNASTY on Capitol Hill where Mindy and Ryan will share about their experience and how they spoke about the climate to folks across the country. CCL volunteers and the public are welcome to join this reception where dinner will be available for purchase.

Hunan Dynasty: 215 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003

For more on the Low Carbon Crossings trip: https://lowcarboncrossings.wordpress.com

Sharing the load

Today Akeem rode with us and carried two of my panniers on his bike.  It was a great gift to me to be able to share the load and be much lighter going up hills.

sharingWe are now in Pennsylvania and nearing the end of our trip – Just 8 days left.  This journey would not have been possible without the many people who have shared our load.  img_4332 It is impossible to name all the amazing people who have helped us across the country.  The countless people who have fed us, planned a location for a community conversation, spread the word and advertised, to those who have given us directions and helped us find our way and the many who have housed us for a night or more.

Like this bike trip, solutions to climate change take some heavy lifting.  We have a big problem that requires some major shifting of our energy production, our land use, our daily habits, etc.  We are sharing the load with many others to move us forward.  To the brave native peoples (and their allies) who are at Standing Rock and on the Mississippi in Iowa to protect our waters from new fossil fuel infrastructure, to the school superintendent trying to put solar on the school roof, to farmers looking for more sustainable ways of farming and trying new methods, to students moving their schools and communities toward greater sustainability (and the teachers who guide them in exploring new ways), to media reporters telling the story of the changes happening and the solutions being pursued, to countless volunteers and citizens working with their legislators and local governments on policy to address carbon emissions – we have met all of these along our trip and we are all sharing the load.  We need more help, so invite your friends to join in.  As one of our hosts kept telling us “we’re all in this together.” By sharing the load we can get the job done.

Mindy