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April 17, 2014: Dr. Brian von Herzen, executive director of the Climate Foundation, will participate in the annual Climate Ride California 2014, a multi-day cycling fundraiser and ‘green conference on wheels,’ with more than 200 cyclists traveling 250 miles from San Francisco, through wine country, to Sacramento.
The ride will take place from May 17 to 20, 2014, and is designed to raise awareness of sustainability, renewable energy, climate change issues, and bicycle advocacy.
“It will be challenging to ride 400 kilometers in 4 days,” said Dr. von Herzen. “But the issues and the organizations that Climate Ride supports are critical. I am fundraising and pushing myself to do this ride to inspire people to take action in their day-to-day lives. Climate Ride is about awareness and exchanging ideas, resolving serious issues that will affect our future, and doing something I believe in. And it’s going to be a really beautiful ride.”
Brian is joining two hundred other riders who each raised at least $2800 to benefit one of more than 60 organizations including Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, NRDC, 350.org, Green America, Environmental Defense Fund, 1% For the Planet, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, East Bay Bicycle Coalition, Alliance For Climate Education and more.
Brian Von Herzen obtained his A.B. in Physics, Magna Cum Laude, from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in Computer and Planetary Science from Caltech where he was the recipient of the prestigious Hertz Fellowship (http://www.hertzfoundation.org). While at Princeton, Brian spent four years working closely with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. At Princeton, his dissertation on global climate models demonstrated how changes in the Earth's orbit affects climate.
The foundation strives to achieve carbon balance in land, sea, and air, moderate and reverse the effects of climate change in critical ecosystems, use biochar for sanitation, fertilization, and carbon sequestration in developing nations, and facilitate adoption of renewable energy.
Climate Ride is the first multi-day bicycle ride to raise money for and awareness of sustainability, renewable energy, climate change, and bicycle advocacy. Participants will cycle approximately 60 miles a day, and along the way, they will hear from an impressive list of guest speakers who are leaders in sustainability and green innovation. Topics will include climate science, sustainable living, bicycle advocacy, and environmental activism.
Registration for Climate Ride California and Climate Ride NYC-DC 2014 is now open at www.climateride.org. Registration includes a personal fundraising web page, training support and access to a nationwide network of Climate Riders and eco-heroes. The ride includes a cycling jersey, accommodations, luggage transfer, road support, meals, bike mechanics, expert guides and the nightly expert speaker series. Each participant pays a registration fee of $100 and then raises at least $2800 to participate in Climate Ride. Riders can choose to ride in Climate Ride NYC-DC or Climate Ride California.
About Climate Foundation:
Climate Foundation is dedicated to educating and empowering people to halt global warming in our lifetime. The foundation strives to achieve carbon balance in land, sea, and air, moderate and reverse the effects of climate change in critical ecosystems, use biochar for sanitation, fertilization, and carbon sequestration in developing nations, and facilitate adoption of renewable energy.
About Climate Ride:
Climate Ride was founded to inspire and empower citizens to work toward a new energy future. Climate Ride events raise money for a collection of rider-nominated, innovative organizations working at both the national and local levels, including Green America, 350.org, Transportation Alternatives, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Green For All, Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN), Climate Counts, 1% For the Planet, WABA, Grist, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, East Bay Bicycle Coalition and many local bicycle and sustainability organizations. For more information about Climate Ride, or to support a participant, please visit www.climateride.org.