I’m originally from Allentown, where I attended Lehigh Valley Friends Meeting. At the moment I’m in State College studying natural resource engineering at Penn State. I like hiking, doing karate, and playing the violin, though not usually all at once. In my spare time (plus some time I can’t spare) I read. This will be my second time biking to DC with PA IPL.
I tend to shove climate change into the same mental category as wrinkles and insurance payments — it’s coming, and it’s going to be unpleasant, but I don’t have to deal with it for a few years yet. However, the more I learn in my classes, the more I see that many of the environmental systems I take for granted have already been altered or damaged by humans.
The parcel of woods where my family is building a house, for example, was a trimly landscaped park a few decades ago, and the site of an iron mine before that. So although climate change is not visible in my everyday life, I know it is still there, threatening future generations with the prospect of whole winters without any snow days.
If this ride includes half as many daunting, exciting, and vaguely ill-advised things as the last one I was part of, then it will be a marvelous experience. I’m grateful for this chance to learn from people who are working on climate issues, and I hope I’ll be able to make some small contribution to the effort.