I am a veteran IPL Bike Trip participant – as long as doing last year’s ride qualifies me for that status. The trek to DC in 2016 was memorable for me. It was well organized, took us through scenic rural PA roads, and ended triumphantly on the sun drenched Capitol Mall. Chinese tourists took our pictures there; and we took theirs!
Our experience lobbying legislators on Capitol Hill was a first for me. We walked the halls of congressional office buildings; had appointments with staffers from the PA delegation in Congress. At those times we voiced our concerns and encouraged action on upcoming legislation concerning climate change and the environment. It was a great way to act as an involved citizen and advocate for more renewable energy use, less fossil fuel use.
In addition to concerns for the adverse effects of burning fossil fuels on our climate, I worry about the risk to our physical health that occurs. The air, water, & soil pollution resulting from extraction and burning of coal and natural gas has serious health effects. These activities cause disease of the respiratory tract and other body systems resulting in significant suffering and early death. As a family doctor in State College, I see this in my patients. Lung disease is common in central PA.
My family and I have been members of Grace Lutheran Church for 35 years. My wife Val and 4 grown children are all bike riders. The youngest, Anna and I will be riding 100 miles for BNB (Bikes Not Bombs) in Boston in June. The IPL ride and commuting by bicycle to my office should get me ready. I park the bike in my office so my patients can see my commitment to exercise and the environment. I admire PA IPL for its promotion of both, and look forward to my second ride to DC.
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MANY THANKS to our 2017 silver sponsor Sun Directed