Interfaith climate advocacy group pedals to Washington

image credit: Berea College

This year, PHEW! is sponsoring a ride from Philly to DC, organized by Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light.

PA IPL is an organization consisting of PA members of faith, all responding to climate change in a myriad ways. Some are tangible, such as walking, caulking — and biking! And some are intangible, such as education, prayer and public dialog / advocacy.

On the 4-day ride (May 13 thru May 16), a group of cyclists will do both, connecting with communities and people of faith, lead by low-emissions example, and share PA IPL’s work and mission.  Mt Airy’s own Nathan Martin will lead the Philly to DC ride. You can read Nathan’s rider profile here.

Their trips end with a visit to Pennsylvania offices on Capitol Hill to communicate the message that climate change is a moral and ethical challenge that must be addressed by individuals, communities and congregations, and also our elected leaders, working together in active hope.  Low-carbon transportation is one way to act!

There’s a training ride locally, on Sunday April 29th, beginning at 1:30 from Mishkan Shalom Synagogue’s Lower Parking Lot at 4101 Freeland Ave, Philadelphia, off Shurs Lane in Roxborough.  Join some of the PA IPL riders for a training ride along the Schuylkill River Trail. An introduction to the PA IPL May ride to DC and its riders will start at 1:30pm followed by the training ride.

And on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13th, at 1:00pm, help send off the PA IPL riders on their Philly to Washington DC ride, starting at the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, parking lot near the Visitor’s Center. There will be a brief send-off ritual, and many plan to stay for a hike at the Wildlife Refuge.