Nine local residents cycling to DC; raising awareness about climate change
State College, PA - On Friday, May 2, at 3:45 p.m. Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light will hold a press conference before sending nine bicyclists off on the first leg of a 4-day journey to Washington, D.C.
We expect a large crowd of well-wishers at State College Presbyterian Church (132 W. Beaver Ave.) for a blessing and send-off. Cupcakes will be served.
At 4 p.m., Rev. Dean Lindsey, pastor of State College Presbyterian Church, will bless the riders and their mission. Cricket Hunter, Director of Education and Outreach for PA Interfaith Power & Light, will also offer a few words. We expect the riders to head down Beaver to Garner Street and then down the Garner Street bike path.
This year’s riders include members from four State College congregations, including Dr. Ed Prince, a State College physician who is the President of the Grace Lutheran Church Council. "I do not believe that a person must ride 200 miles to D.C. to be an advocate for the environment or to fight for climate change issues,“ Dr. Prince said, "but I do think this well organized bike ride gives us some credibility on Capitol Hill."
The annual trip is sponsored by Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light (paipl.org), a state-wide non-profit that has its main offices in State College. The bikers will be staying overnight in church basements and giving talks at colleges and religious communities along the way.
When the bikers reach Washington, Hunter will join them to meet with members of the Pennsylvania congressional delegation. “Our message to them is that the clock is ticking, and together we can work powerfully to restore balance” Hunter said, adding, “With the atmosphere out of balance, vulnerable people suffer first and worst, and that’s just not fair. We only have a few years to turn our emissions around. People of faith are among those taking action to honor and steward the legacy we have been given, and we’re asking Congress to join us.”
Contact information for Jonathan Brockopp: (c) 814.321-4308; (h) 814.861-3106; firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact information for Cricket Hunter: (o) 814.876-2597; (c) 814.404-3534; email@example.com