2018 Rider Profile: Jason Whitney

Meet Jason Whitney!  This is the second in the 2018 series of rider profiles.  Get to know the riders for the PA to DC rides as the series unfolds, then follow the trips!  Learn moreDonate.  

This is my second ride to Washington DC with IPL to lobby Congress about climate change.
There are five main ways I look at the global climate change situation:

  1. I look at climate change as a cyclist, and I’m reminded that it is possible to go from State College to Washington DC on pedal power alone.   This reminds me that there are alternatives to torching fossil fuels to power every aspect of one’s life.
  2. I look at climate change as a father, and I’d like to see the world make advances that curb emissions to ensure a sustainable world for future generations.
  3. I look at climate change through the lens of conservationism and spirituality.  This world is unique and beautiful, and we must care for God’s creation.
  4. I look at climate change through the lens of personal responsibility.  Activism is necessary, as climate change policy makes the difference between whether we incentivize or obstruct the growth of alternative energy sources in this country, whether American coal ends up in the atmosphere or stays in the ground, whether cars become more efficient and those efficiencies become ubiquitous or whether they will be consigned to guzzle gas for decades to come.  In this and in many other areas, Pennsylvania and the United States can make a major difference in how climate changes.
  5. I look at climate change through the shame of my own hypocrisy, and my motivation to do better.   I try to be a part of the solution, but I am also very much a part of the problem.  I fly a lot, I drive an SUV, and I have a classic American hyper-consumerist carbon footprint.

Obviously, some reflection is necessary as to what the next steps are for me.  I plan to do much of that thinking on the bike.

I’m looking forward to another ride!  WASHINGTON DC OR BUST !!!

Donate online to PA IPL in support the PA-to-DC riders (or send a check, memo: bike 2018 to PA IPL 243 S. Allen St. #337, State College, PA 16801)


 to our 2018 SILVER sponsor Sun Directed,

and to our 2018
BRONZE sponsors:

The Weimer Group
Exact Solar
richards | stover group  and Freeze / Thaw Cycles

Want more cyclists?
Read Jason’s 2014 profile.