I am excited to bike with PA – IPL from State College, PA to Washington, DC beginning on May 11. In many ways I feel that I am never doing enough to protect our environment. I live very comfortably with access to everything I need – food, shelter, transportation, etc. As an Episcopalian and citizen of this planet, I struggle to find the balance between living in North America and living responsibly. Over this past Lenten season, I tried to be more aware of and reduce the amount of plastics that I was adding to our landfills. In March, as I traveled for work and pleasure, I realized that so much of my daily life has me shedding, with little control, this harmful material. I have been inspired to hear that other communities around the world are beginning to address this by removing straws and take out containers from restaurants and redesigning grocery stores to have less plastic waste. I wonder what I can do help make these changes begin in our community.
Within my immediate family, we frequently discuss and debate the changes we can realistically make today: what are the things that we can give up, what can we limit, and what feels out of our control. I am hoping through this bike ride to engage others in dialogue about their daily choices and their impact on the environment. I would like to see how others are tackling and reworking their lives to reduce their carbon footprint. I hope to learn what else I can do.
This is my first time riding with Interfaith Power & Light to Washington, DC. I am excited to be riding with both of my sons: Mackenzie and Alex de Carle. Over the years, a number of my friends have had the opportunity to participate in this annual ride. The distance and hills scare me but I look forward to the challenge. When traveling with my boys, they usually push me out of my comfort zone – I assume this trip will be no different.
When not biking to Washington, DC, I can be found teaching second grade at Easterly Parkway Elementary; walking my dog; reading; biking or hiking around Central PA; or in the winter months downhill or cross-country skiing.
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,