One of the first things I do when I go home, is go hiking in the mountains. Pennsylvania mountains are never too tall that reaching the top seems impossible, but at the same time they still provide enough of a challenge. Currently the outdoors which I love are being threatened by climate change. Change starts with small steps, and I have made many minor habits specifically to slow climate change. I take public transportation instead of driving my car to school, I use reusable water bottles and grocery bags, I take stairs over elevators, and make many more tiny decisions to try to help.
I grew up doing athletics activities with my family. Whether it was going for a hike, walking to downtown State College, or even bike rides, our family enjoys spending time together and love when there was a challenge involved. When my mother approached my brother and I with the prospect of participating in this ride, it just felt natural to say yes. When she told us about the history and the concept of the ride itself, it made me want to do it even more. I am also excited that I will be riding with some family friends too. Lastly, I am grateful for the opportunity to learn more about what I can do to make a difference and the chance to be part of the team of people that care about climate change.
Growing up, I attended St. Andrew’s Episcopal church in State College, and so I am excited to learn more about the intersection of climate change and religion.
Currently I am studying Video Game Development and Design at Fanshawe College, in London, Ontario. The photographs that I take when I am in nature – hiking, fishing, and skiing – are used to inspire my game’s environment. On this trip I look forward to taking pictures along the way.
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