2018 Rider Profile: Mackenzie deCarle

Meet Mackenzie deCarle, twelfth 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 more.  Donate.

I have long felt connected with nature, because of my love for hiking, camping, mountain biking, and skiing in Pennsylvania. In 2013 I moved to attend the University of Toronto, to study Engineering, and where I still tried to regularly enjoy nature either at High Park or at the Algonquin Provincial Park. My focus shifted throughout my undergraduate degree, but I settled on Civil Engineering focusing on transportation and buildings. My love for nature has now motivated me to choose a career where I can use both my time and abilities to create more sustainable infrastructure.

My education and work experience has led me to believe that climate change is one of the most critical issues that needs to be addressed, but I have become skeptical that individual behavioral changes will be enough. At the same time, I have become confident that people will choose more sustainable alternatives if they are provided and the alternatives are competitive with traditional ones. I therefore believe that to address climate change we will need private industry to continue to develop sustainable alternatives and for government to develop strong supporting policy. I hope my career allows me to work on the first of those. The second is somewhat out of my hands, though Pennsylvania Power & Light (PA IPL) might be a way for me to help.

As federal support for addressing climate change wavers, local climate action has become even more important. In addition, a diversity of support for climate change is necessary to achieve significant policy changes and to encourage more people to get involved by demonstrating that climate change action can be inclusive. This was a major reason why I was interested in participating in the PA IPL bike trip as it hopes to influence policy, highlight the diversity of support for climate change, and foster a mixing of ideas. In addition, my family has regularly participated in cycling events together including competing in triathlons and participating in the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) rides, so this ride seemed like an excellent way to continue that.

I also view this ride as an opportunity to learn about the intersection of climate change and faith. I grew up regularly attending St. Andrews Episcopal Church in State College with my family but have not regularly attended since I left for university. While I have not been regularly active myself, university has given me the opportunity to become close friends with people of a diversity of faiths and talk with them about how they live their faith and how it is important to them.

Installing a solar PV system to power a drinking water system in Roatan, Honduras

In addition to my education, I have lived my climate change commitment through my transportation choices and my extra-curricular involvement. I have nearly exclusively walked, biked, or taken transit as my means of transportation to school and work for the last five years. Also, the last four years I have led and been involved in a student club that creates proposals for making buildings more energy efficient, fundraises and executes renewable energy projects in developing countries, and promotes sustainability in the community.

A fun fact is I view myself as a life long learner who is an avid reader and I alternate listening to ten different podcasts. So, I hope to trade reading lists and possibly have some fun spirited debates on the ride.


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)

 

THANK YOU
 to our 2018 SILVER sponsor Sun Directed,

and to our 2018
BRONZE sponsors:

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

2018 Rider Profile: Eli Jaenicke

Meet Eli Jaenicke, eleventh 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 more.  Donate.  

I’m very excited to be able to be a part of the ride to DC this year. Last year I helped send off my sister Maggie and my dad Ted by riding with them on the first leg up and over the mountain to McAlevy’s Fort. This year I’m able to participate in the full ride and thankfully I’ll get to ride some of the flatter sections, too.

I’ve been biking almost my whole life, from just around the neighborhood, to riding to school and back, to riding through the dunes of the state park at the beach, to now what will be my first true long term, multi-day ride. I’ve also been involved with environmentalism and climate change most of my life. Throughout high school I was a part of the Polar Ambassadors, which among other things sought to educate about climate change, and specifically its effects on Antarctica.

My family and I have been members of St. Andrew’s for many years. In their ministry as well as through events such as pilgrimage, experiencing faith through nature has been a part of my spiritual life. Being in nature is the best way for me to slow down and think deeply and reflect. I hope this ride can help me renew that faith as well as to make a positive impact for the future.


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)

 

THANK YOU
 to our 2018 SILVER sponsor Sun Directed,

and to our 2018
BRONZE sponsors:

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

2018 Rider Profile: Dr. Ed Prince

Meet Dr. Ed Prince, tenth 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 more.  Donate.

This will be my 3rd IPL ride to DC —3rd consecutive— close to an addiction!  It is another chance to make a statement as a citizen and as a Christian. I want to lobby for our country to take better care of God’s creation.

We will do this by riding our bicycles 200+ miles to our nation’s capital and voicing our opinions to our elected representatives in Congress.

As a family doctor in State College I am especially interested in the health benefits all of us would see by decreasing fossil fuel use in the world.  By decreasing harmful emissions from coal & natural gas burning power plants we would save lives.  Throughout human history millions of lives have been shortened or damaged by lung disease, heart disease, and cancer. A major cause of these conditions has been air and water pollution from polluting human activities.  Health benefits to people by switching to renewable energy are well documented and hard for our legislators to ignore.

Climate change accelerated by burning fossil fuels is another reason for our bike ride to DC.  Each year the scientific argument for our stance on climate change gets stronger.  And the urgency for our elected congressional representatives to act becomes greater.

Our bicycling for 5 days to arrive in Washington makes a statement.  I hope our example will also encourage more individuals and communities to support bicycling, public transportation, pedestrian travel, and other less polluting ways to get places.  These efforts would help change our country’s sedentary lifestyle and improve heart and lung health.  They would help prevent hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and many types of cancer.

I try to set an example by daily commuting by bike to my office .  My wife, myself & 4 children have made bicycling a family priority – usually with enthusiasm.

I also enjoy cross country skiing.  I would be up for a January ski to DC if there were adequate snow!  It is possible to ski 50 miles in a day – but you would need a headlamp and probably a massage therapist at the finish of each day.
Not for everyone!


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)

 

THANK YOU
 to our 2018 SILVER sponsor Sun Directed,

and to our 2018
BRONZE sponsors:

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

Want more?
Read Ed’s 2016  and 2017 profiles

2018 Rider Profile: Dave Hunter

Meet David Hunter, ninth 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.

My wife and I moved to Central Pennsylvania 19 years ago when I took a job in the statistics department at Penn State, and we’ve raised our two daughters in this beautiful area.  This year will be my third time riding to Washington DC with the PAIPL group, which means that with this ride I’ll catch up with my older daughter Molly, who has also ridden three times.  While many aspects of this year’s trip will undoubtedly be the same as in previous years, this year will bring some new dimensions to the ride for me.

For one thing, the effort to highlight the moral rationale for addressing climate change seems more urgent than ever before.  This is why I’m so appreciative of the efforts of PAIPL:  I see a great deal of value in the particular emphasis PAIPL places on addressing the ethical dimension of the problem of climate change, a moral imperative that is consistent with the teachings of nearly every faith tradition on earth. It takes a tremendous amount of organizing to help connect the many like-minded faith leaders in Pennsylvania and provide a platform for people of all beliefs to address this issue in the many ways that they are called to do so—nearly as many ways as there are different faith traditions. (Full disclosure:  I’m in a unique position to see how much organizing is required since I’m married to Cricket!)

For another thing, this ride will be a lot bigger than the two previous rides in which I’ve participated, in 2013 and 2016. This means that logistical issues will be more complicated than what I’m used to, which in turn means a lot more work for Jon and Cricket, who masterfully handle the complicated travel arrangements and congressional visit scheduling, respectively.  As one of the more veteran riders along this time, I hope to be able to help wherever I can—even if that means stepping aside so that others who have never walked the halls of Congress to express their views can experience this awe-inspiring facet of our government.


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)

 

THANK YOU
 to our 2018 SILVER sponsor Sun Directed,

and to our 2018
BRONZE sponsors:

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

Want more?
Read Dave’s 2016 profile,
or watch the Religion and Society Newsweekly
2016 spot where he is featured!

 

 

 

 

 

2018 Rider Profile: Nathan Martin

Meet Rabbi Nathan Martin, eighth in the 2018 series of rider profiles (Nathan also serves as Secretary of PA IPL’s Board of Directors).  Get to know the riders for the PA to DC rides as the series unfolds, then follow the trips!  Learn more.  Donate.  

What drew me to pedal nearly 200 miles for PA IPL?  Here are a couple of vignettes:

* In my mid-20’s when I was living in Berkeley, California, I was first introduced to the idea of using one’s bicycle as their “car.” My housemate, an energy efficiency engineer and bike enthusiast, would not only ride his bike to work everyday — a good climb – but then would continue after work by bike for his shopping and social life events too. When he started dating his soon-to-be wife, they even bought a tandem bicycle so that they could continue the adventure! Being able to see someone live with and use their bicycle on a daily basis was eye opening and showed me the possibility about a way that one could reduce their footprint on the planet.

* The year I started rabbinical school in 2001 I heard about an organization called Hazon (meaning “vision” in Hebrew) that was gathering environmentally oriented Jews to bicycle from Connecticut to New York City and a special ride aptly named “People of the Bike.”  I remember that on route, during our first day of the ride, it was the Jewish festival of Sukkoth, a time where we especially take notice of our connections with the outside world. I will never forget pulling into a campus in Nyack, NY and having the bikers gather together in their bike clothes, put on their prayer shawls, and begin reciting special Hallel prayers (songs of gratitude and joy — from the word Hallelujah) in honor of the holiday. Knowing that there were other people like me who also found being on the bike, living out their environmental values, and having this integrate with their religious practice was also a transformative moment. I have since done that ride several more times and continue to be energized each time I do so.

After working in the environmental field as an energy efficiency research (2001-2009) and continuing to stay connected to environmental issues since becoming a rabbi, I am under no illusion that we will be able to change our “global scorching” (per R. Arthur Waskow) course anytime soon. Like others who are trying to stay energized to be positive agents of change, we need to nourish and fortify ourselves for the long-term in this work.

Having the opportunity to get on the bike with colleagues who care and to use my voice in a lobbying effort is an important way of noticing how we can make a difference and what we does matters. I’m pleased to be part of the effort!


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)

 

 

THANK YOU
 to our 2018 SILVER sponsor Sun Directed,

and to our 2018
BRONZE sponsors:

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

2018 Rider Profile: Andrea deCarle

Meet Andrea deCarle, seventh 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 more.  Donate.  

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)

 

THANK YOU
 to our 2018 SILVER sponsor Sun Directed,

and to our 2018
BRONZE sponsors:

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