New England: Climate Summer 2012 is now in session! The riders have already met presidents, organized actions, and biked hundreds of miles.
On June 25th, after a successful two-week training in Wilmot, New Hampshire and Lowell, Massachusetts, the riders, 28 in total, broke up into their teams and pedaled in diverging directions. Despite rainy weather, the teams successfully made it to Biddeford, ME, Providence, RI, Lexington, MA, Peterborough, NH, and Royalton, VT. Each team—Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island/Connecticut, and Maine—has many exciting events and actions planned for the next seven weeks.
Throughout their journey, each team will visit between five and seven towns. They will remain in each community for about a week, working with community groups and individuals to highlight and support local movements to move beyond fossil fuels. They will also co-organize new initiatives to spread their message: that New England needs to stop the use of deadly energy. Though they have only been on the road for a week, the riders have accomplished a lot. The Massachusetts Team attended a showing of The Island President and met the subject of the movie, former Maldives President Mohammed Nasheed, organized a Climate Cafe in Lexington, and participated in 350 Massachusetts’ official kick off event. The Vermont team hosted a potluck in Royalton, VT and saw firsthand the destruction that Hurricane Irene caused in Royalton and surrounding towns. The riders in in New Hampshire have worked on a farm, visited a recycling plant, and spread their message through local media outlets. The team visiting Rhode Island and Connecticut organized a photo petition against fossil fuel subsidies, met up with the Sierra Club, and volunteered in a community garden. In Maine, the riders have visited a farmers market, a natural foods store, and met many inspiring people.
Climate Summer is organized by the Better Future Project, a non-profit organization based in Massachusetts focused on building a future free from the harms of consuming fossil fuels, and full of stronger and more resilient communities.