Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Bicycle Tour Brings Awareness on Global Warming

The City of Eugene and the Eugene Bicycle Coalition will sponsor a presentation from David Kroodsma, a Stanford trained global warming scientist, who has spent the past two years traveling by bicycle and teaching people about global warming. The presentation will begin at 5:30 PM on Thursday, August 30th in the Bascom/Tykeson Room at the Eugene Public Library located at 100 W 10th Ave and will include photos of his travels across the US.

In an effort to increase awareness on global warming, David Kroodsma has biked from California to the southern tip of South America and has recently biked from Boston to Seattle. He is now biking south and will finish this journey in the San Francisco Bay Area in September.

The project, Ride for Climate has reached hundreds of thousands of people across 16 countries and appeared on international television and in newspapers across the U.S.

Mr. Kroodsma has a slideshow of these experiences and he will be showing pictures and videos from travel across the western hemisphere. He will also talk about how global warming will affect both - the far ends of the earth and our own backyards while providing examples from his travels. The slideshow concludes with a discussion of what we can do and about our special opportunity to make a difference as United States citizens.

For more information about the presentation, please contact Cindy Clarke, Transportation Options Coordinator at 541-682-5285 or cindy.j.clarke@ci.eugene.or.us

GEARs will then be cycling with the group as they head towards the Oregon Coast on Saturday, September 1st at 8:30am. We will meet at Alton Baker Park at the Duck Pond and escort them as far as Siuslaw River Road and Wolf Creek. GEARs will then head back towards Eugene as The Ride for Climate continues on to Dunes City. Please join us!


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