2015 Rider Profile: Noah Droege

Meet Noah Droege, fifth in our get-to-know-the-riders series.  The 2015 PA-to-DC ride  will take place May 1-5.

IMG_6606[1]First impressions aren’t always the most important. I remember that when I first heard about climate change, I didn’t really pay it much attention. Why should I care that the world is warming one degree? If anything, I’d like to have a warmer summer, right? Little did I know the severe impacts one single degree can have on our world, and how much worse it can (and probably will) get. However, after many years of hearing conversations between my parents and their friends, I slowly came to realize how big of a threat it really was. My parents have always taught me ways to be environmentally friendly, from biking wherever possible to keeping a compost pile in the backyard. We’re even installing some solar panels for sustainable earth-friendly energy!

While I have less time than I did as a kid, I still love going on hikes in Shingletown Gap with my parents and our dog. Being surrounded by nature really clears my mind and helps me to relax for a couple of hours. Maybe it’s the beautiful colors or the soft trickle of water over rocks or the rustle of the leaves in the wind or maybe it’s just a natural human instinct to love being around nature. Regardless, each one of these hikes hammers in further the need to protect the oases of sanctity that forests provide.Snapshot 2 (4-7-2015 10-08 PM)

I also enjoy skiing in the wintertime. In fact, ‘enjoy’ may be a slight understatement. I ski as much as I can during our increasingly short PA winter, and regularly press my parents to   Continue reading 2015 Rider Profile: Noah Droege

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Guest blogger: Janet Swim00stairs

After a rejuvenating night’s rest, most of us assembled for breakfast in Carolyn Serfass’s dining room to strategize our upcoming meetings with 14 Pennsylvania representatives. We reviewed the impressive intelligence Cricket provided, including the environmental voting record for each representative we would be meeting. Our planning was buttressed by news in the Washington Post of the National Climate Assessment, a report that documented current effects of climate change and concrete actions needed to address climate change.00waiting1

With this fortification we strode to the legislative Continue reading Bike Blog 2014.6

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blogger: Jon Brockopp

made it to DC!We made it! We all arrived yesterday in Washington safe and sound. So many things can go wrong on a trip like this, but other than a few flat tires and a bit of rain, we had great luck.

Our trip began with a gourmet breakfast of eggs benedict, asparagus and French toast, cooked by Joyce and Dave – thanks so much to them Continue reading Bike Blog 2014.5

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01-solarpost author: Jon Brockopp

I’m writing this at 9 p.m., exhausted, but also really jazzed by the great day we had. At about 7 a.m., our hosts at Christ’s Reformed UCC started rustling around in the kitchen, whipping up a delicious breakfast of biscuits, gravy, potatoes and eggs – all the things that keep a cyclist going! Pastor Gregg stopped by again and we a great conversation, thinking about the difficulties of addressing climate change in an inner-city ministry.01-crucc

He sent us off with a blessing and a reading from Rachel Carson into the crisp, sunny morning air of Hagerstown. We made our way easily out of town, passing a huge solar array on the way. In Sharpsburg, Continue reading Bike Blog 2014.4

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guest blogger: Dorothy Blair

Seven a.m. found the PA IPL climate change riders pulling themselves up wearily from their sleeping bags and air mattresses, placed the night before on the hardwood floor of the Methodist Community 1edCenter. Just in time to get to an 8 a.m. service at pastor Ed Seeley’s Orbisonia United Methodist Church, and also to devour Lisa Seeley’s egg casserole and empty a couple of pots of strong coffee.

We were in for a treat. The service was a lively one of “Praise and Healing.” A lead tenor and female singer, accompanied by a pianist and bass guitar, led the congregation in about 40 minutes of songs of praise –words and images on the screen above the altar and banners waving at the sides. Then Pastor Ed led us to consider the care and Continue reading Bike 2014.3