Last year, I really enjoyed the bike trip. I got to spend 4 days outside on my bike instead of under florescent lighting inside in school. I got to look at beautiful landscapes, eat good food, and meet a bunch of great people. When we arrived, I met up with my mom (Cricket) who had already been in DC for the conference, and got to stay with some lovely family friends the night before Hill visits.
Hill visits, although not my favorite part of the trip, are interesting and important. Most of the aides are interesting to talk to, and polite, and appreciate the bike ride and my perspective as well. I think it’s important to do what’s right, and am both old enough and young enough right now to be interesting to the people we visit.
Besides school (and biking) this year I was a part of marching band in the fall, was on the diving team this winter, and just started playing ultimate frisbee. Most weekends, I babysit a couple of the sweetest kids ever, and catch up on sleep. Like most high school kids, school and family are pretty much my life. I’m doing homework, laughing with friends, or being teased (mostly nicely) by my family. But the problems coming from climate change will affect my generation the most, and I think about how different the world will be when Ames and Willa (the children in my regular babysitting job) grow up, and how important it is that we do all we can to prevent that.
People who know me know that I loved doing this ride last year. They also know how important trying to do something about climate change (and being with other people doing something) must be, because they know that it’s not easy for me to be with a lot of people I don’t know, or to do anything remotely like public speaking. Even writing this is out of my comfort zone, but it’s part of the package.
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