From an email I sent out to followers a few days ago, a short retrospective of the past 5 months on the road:
Just over a year ago, I took the first pedal strokes of a journey that will eventually cover six continents. I set out to understand what climate change means to people around the world and what everyday people are doing to revolutionize their relationship with carbon fuels.
My route through Asia.
This week, I made it to Georgia, and I realized that I had special cause to celebrate. I’m incredibly grateful to be where I am right now, surrounded every day by new language and stories. On top of that, Georgia feels distinctly European, or at least distinctly nonAsian, so while I’m sad to leave Asia having visited only a small fraction of its countries, it is nice to feel the transition coming, to feel that I’ve really covered a distance.
Finally, five days from now, I turn 24. I’ve never been one for occasions, but I’ve decided I want two things for my birthday.
1) To cycle my 10,000th kilometer (or one quarter of my goal of one earth circumference): Right now I’m 524 km short of 10k km , and I’m going to try to get there on my birthday.
2) To pass the $5,000 mark in fundraising for 350.org. Last year, we put together $4,002 in donations ranging from $5 to $800, out of this project’s eventual goal of $10,000. 350.org does great work, supporting communities around the globe who are pushing for climate justice and uniting them in a global movement. If you enjoy the stories and the photos I publish, if you want to voice your support for climate justice and are able to do so, please consider using my donation page to donate to 350.org. (The CauseVox platform passes everything directly to 350.org, minus card processing fees.)
Finally, if you haven’t been following along, here are some highlights from the last 5 months (A look back at the previous leg can be found here):
Please remember to donate to 350.org, if you can! All proceeds from the fundraising page go directly to the organization.