Climate group organizing cross-country U.S. bike ride

The Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions is looking for more than a dozen bike riders to travel across the United States next year. — Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions The Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions is looking for more than a dozen bike riders to travel across the United States next year. — Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions

The Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions, an initiative of Eastern Mennonite University, Goshen College and Mennonite Central Committee, is planning a Climate Ride across the United States, with a Dec. 1 deadline for applications.

CSCS is looking for 15 core riders led by two experienced bikers in the Anabaptist community. Riders will travel nearly 4,000 miles from mid-May through mid-July, beginning in Washington state and ending in Washington, D.C.

Riders will engage Anabaptist communities and others on climate-change concerns — from racism to renewable energy and student activism, to the role faith plays in this existential struggle.

“What better way to forward the conversation on climate change than to experience its bounty and beauty biking across this vast country?” asked Brent Alderfer, CSCS supporter and founder/CEO of Community Energy. “I look forward to hearing the stories as the riders meet up with diverse communities on that route.”

CSCS director Doug Graber Neufeld said critical issues like climate change must be faced together as a community.

“This ride uniquely brings together a group of passionate riders who will be engaging diverse groups in order to hear their stories about what climate change means to them,” he said. “CSCS is receiving enthusiastic responses from both potential riders and those who want to follow along with the ride or support it in other ways.”

More information, including applications and donations, is at sustainableclimate­solutions.org/climate-ride.

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