2015 Rider Profile: Tony Phillippe Grugan

Meet Tony Phillippe Grugan, ninth in our get-to-know-the-riders series.  The 2015 PA-to-DC ride  will take place May 1-5.

FionaTony.VisadeNovioI come from a country where the citizens are not educated about climate change.  For my fellow countrymen, they do not think about the effects of deforestation.  I have seen how it makes the environment hotter and drier where my mother lives in Haiti.     I have seen how deforestation leads to riverbeds in my home country drying up.  This affects my home community in the Dominican Republic because they do not have access to clean water.  It is a daily fight for my neighbors to get water, and yet they do not know how to take care of it.  The people in my country, wealthy and poor, manage natural resources poorly.  They dispose of trash directly in their river.  That same water comes already dirty with trash from the next village upstream.  There is no connection between where one throws the trash and how that will presently make things worse.

When I have the opportunity to talk to the authorities about managing the problems of climate change, I approach it with much passion.  I know exactly how climate change affects people, and my desire is to make life better for the people of my community.

Tony.soccerfieldSince I moved to the United States from the Dominican Republic two months ago, I have seen how for those of us who live here, it is important to make our decisions with care as they affect the rest of the world.   I am coming on this ride to show people here and at home how much this means to me.

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