This will be my first bike trip to DC, and I am a bit nervous for the long trip, but my excitement overshadows my nervousness. I have never done a long bike trip before, but I heard about the PA IPL bike trip through my ultimate frisbee teammate Molly Hunter, who has done the ride in past years. It took a bit of convincing, but I eventually roped my dad, Ted Jaenicke, into joining me on the ride, as well. I am excited to have the opportunity to ride through my home state with people who share a common goal: preventing and reducing the effects of climate change.
Throughout high school, I have done my best to not only care for the environment, but to enjoy its beauty. As a senior, I am currently the president of both the environmental club and the outing club. With the environmental club, I organized a film festival to educate our student body about various issues regarding climate change where we showed films Cowspiracy and Merchants of Doubt. We had speakers from Penn State come in and give brief talks after each documentary. I try my best to live an eco-friendly lifestyle–three years ago, I became a vegetarian (actually, a pescatarian) to reduce my greenhouse gas footprint. I have also started biking to school when I can, in part to train for this trip, but in part to help the environment. With the outing club, I have organized local backpacking trips as well as our end-of-year trip to Seneca Rocks, West Virginia. I have also been involved with Citizens Climate Lobby and the PA Dems to register voters and increase voter turnout. In my free time, I am usually playing tennis or ultimate, listening to music, or reading a good book. Next year, I intend to remain a strong environmental activist at Macalester College.
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