Fifth annual bike ride to Washington to urge action on climate change
Training / solidarity ride on Saturday, April 2, 2 p.m. in front of the State College borough building
[STATE COLLEGE, PA] - On Saturday, April 2, at 2 p.m., several cyclists will gather in front of the State College Borough building to begin a training ride for the 2016 PA-to-DC Bike Trip. This 4-day, 200-mile ride to Washington, D.C. begins on April 29 to urge Congress to respond to climate change. For the fifth year in a row these riders are sponsored by Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light (paipl.org), a religious response to climate change.
Cricket Hunter, director of programs and outreach for PA IPL, said, “These riders carry with them the good will of people from all over Pennsylvania, people of faith who care about vulnerable people and vulnerable ecosystems, and who are praying and acting now to strengthen our communities and preserve God's creation for future generations.” Hunter's husband, Professor Dave Hunter, Head of the Penn State Statistics Department, is among the riders this year. Other riders include Scott McDonald, Associate Professor of Science Education, Grace Gorenflo, President of Centre Volunteers in Medicine, and Dorothy Blair, a retired professor of nutrition. In all, eleven people will be joining the ride this year, with nine going all the way to Washington.
Jonathan Brockopp, an associate professor of religious studies and history at Penn State, is the organizer of the trip and has gone along all five years. Brockopp is one of four members of Grace Lutheran Church who are riding this year. "This is something I do as a matter of faith-in-action," Brockopp said, adding "a highlight of our trip is renewing contacts with our supporters from many different congregations along the way.”
The cyclists hope to raise $10,000 to support the work of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light; corporate sponsors include SunDirected, The Richards Group, and the Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State.
On Saturday, the riders will be joined by a few friends and will leave on their training ride at about 2:10 p.m.
For more information, contact:
Jon Brockopp, 814-321-4308
Cricket Hunter, 814-876-2597