Frescos on a Dead Sea: Art, Water and Justice in Central Asia

In 2012, the late French street artist Bilal Berreni (alias Zoo Project) and filmmaker Antoine Page traveled overland across Asia to the Pacific Coast of Russia. They drove a truck full of art supplies and film equipment, stopping along the way to paint and film. Out of their trip came the film C’est assez bien d’être fou (It’s … Continue reading Frescos on a Dead Sea: Art, Water and Justice in Central Asia

The Endless Steppe and the Aral Sea (Also, Giant Spiders): 14 Photos from the Road

Shymkent/Шымкент, Kazakhstan to the Aral Sea/Арал Теңізі, Kazakhstan–635 km this section (Total Mileage: 8791 km/40,075 km) I’ve ridden over mountains, through a summer in southern China and an early-spring blizzard, but it was the Central Asian Steppe that got me. I cycled for days to get as far as I did. Most of them temperatures … Continue reading The Endless Steppe and the Aral Sea (Also, Giant Spiders): 14 Photos from the Road

Summer in the Valleys of Kyrgyzstan: 13 Photos from the Road

Bishkek/Бишкéк, Kyrgyzstan to Shymkent/Шымкент, Kazakhstan–540 km this section (Total Mileage: 8156 km/40,075 km) Heatstroke to freezing rain in 48 hours. The last six days have driven into my skull, with force and repetition, the importance of water in a water-scarce region. Academics and politicians are fond of saying that water is Kyrgystan’s only natural resource. In reality, … Continue reading Summer in the Valleys of Kyrgyzstan: 13 Photos from the Road

Quiet Activism: Cycling the Globe in Search of Climate Stories

Spurred by a chance to go to Morocco on a Sustain.us delegation to the next UN climate Conference, I’ve been pushing myself to write more and to be more opinionated in my writing. This is one of the op-eds I wrote, recounting my entry into activism as an introvert and attempting to understand our culture’s extroverted mythology … Continue reading Quiet Activism: Cycling the Globe in Search of Climate Stories

Poppies on the Great Grass Sea: 16 Photos From My Ride Through Xinjiang and Kazakhstan

Ürümqi /乌鲁木齐, China to Bishkek / Бишкéк, Kyrgyzstan–779 km this section (Total Mileage: 7616 km/40,075 km) I’ve been on and off the road for the past few weeks, writing op-eds and letters for my application to join the Sustain.us delegation to the next UN climate conference in Marrakech, Morocco. In the time since I last posted photos, I’ve also had two border … Continue reading Poppies on the Great Grass Sea: 16 Photos From My Ride Through Xinjiang and Kazakhstan

Driving Snow, China’s Energy Crossroads, and the Desert End of the Great Wall: 16 Photos from the Road

Header Photo: Snowy mountains near Zhangye, Gansu, China Lanzhou/兰州 to Jiayuguan/嘉峪关–452 km this section (Total Mileage: 6837 km/40,075 km) The last few weeks have brought storms down upon me, and with my visa deadline looming, I decided to hitchhike and take a train through some of the more remote and energy-rich regions of Northwest China. I missed pedaling those miles, … Continue reading Driving Snow, China’s Energy Crossroads, and the Desert End of the Great Wall: 16 Photos from the Road

Humans of Climate Change: Michelle Ignacio, Tacloban, the Philippines

Michelle Ignacio Macamay, 32, and her daughter Janrexelle, stand outside their house in the “No-Build Zone” in Tacloban, Eastern Visayas, Philippines. She told me her story at a neighbor’s dining table, with her husband and Janrexelle sitting nearby. This is the fourth of four “Humans of Climate Change” stories from Tacloban, the Philippines. Tacloban was one of … Continue reading Humans of Climate Change: Michelle Ignacio, Tacloban, the Philippines

Humans of Climate Change: John Andrew Lajara, Tacloban, the Philippines

John Andrew Lajara, 50, stands outside his home (left) on the Tacloban waterfront. In the far background, the arm of a backhoe can be seen as it works on the construction of a new tidal embankment. This is the third of four “Humans of Climate Change” stories from Tacloban, the Philippines. Tacloban was one of the … Continue reading Humans of Climate Change: John Andrew Lajara, Tacloban, the Philippines