Letters, Aug. 8
Climate Summer Riders had a blast in Belfast!
The week of July 29 through Aug. 5, 350 Waldo County and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast hosted the Climate Summer Riders. This group of young women and men from all around the country take a pledge to live as fossil-fuel-free as possible while they travel and work with various community groups to build awareness about climate change and specific issues — like tar sands — that impact our planetary health. For more about this program and the Maine team, check out http://climatesummer.net/team-pages/maine-team-2013/.
The riders helped with trail work on Sears Island, attended a permaculture garden tour, assisted with a bike fest, and conducted a listening poll for 350 Waldo County. But they couldn’t have done all this work without the help and support of many. 350 Waldo County owes nods of gratitude to The Green Sanctuary Committee of the UU Church, Jim Freeman of Friends of Sears Island, Susan Cutting and BATI, Ken Agabian and Thanks But No Tank, and 350 Waldo County supporters Bev Roxby, Bob and Ronnie Shaw, Read Brugger, and Chuck and Teresa Piper. A special vote of thanks to Sun Dog Solar Store for its help with the bike fest.
Mariah, Garrett, Janice, Shaun, and Elena had a great time in Belfast, which was touted as the crowning glory of their bike tour of Maine. Thank you, Belfast, for your warm welcome of the Climate Summer Riders.
Heidi N. Brugger
350 Waldo County