SEA LEVEL RISE CYCLING TOUR, MARCH, 2016
I toured in Florida in March, starting in Jacksonville, and cycled south past St. Augustine. I then went west to Ocala, down to Naples on Florida's west coast, and finally through the Everglades. Finally, I headed east to Miami and north on Florida's southeastern coast. I covered about 700 miles, and witnessed firsthand an astonishing amount of infrastructure, including commercial and residential buildings that are certain to be in trouble in the years to come as the oceans rise. You can read about it below.
PENNSYLVANIA FRACKING CYCLING TOUR, OCTOBER, 2015
Susquehanna County in Pennsylvania lies directly south of Binghamton, NY in the Finger Lakes region. It is in a remote part of the Allegheny Range, and is the second poorest county in Pennsylvania. It is also one of several “ground zero’s” for fracking in Pennsylvania, and the home of Dimock, a town well known among fracking activists because it is prominently featured in Josh Fox’s first movie “Gasland.” The land is beautiful and hardscrabble, with numerous waterways, many wells, many hills and valleys. It’s a lovely place to bike. There are also numerous areas where water has been contaminated by fracked wells or spilled wastewater. With only a few exceptions, gas companies deny responsibility for the increasing incidences of contamination. Here's an interesting fact: since the PA fracking boom started in 2007, almost 8000 wells have been drilled. During that same period over 4000 citations for water contamination have been filed by landowners and are on record with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
COP21, DECEMBER, 2015
It was very gratifying to be in Paris during COP21. Although the city and her citizens were traumatized by the terrorist attacks, the French rallied with courage and joie de vivre and hosted many exciting, stimulating and important events. I was fortunate to spend a good deal of time at the well organized Green Zone in Le Bourget, at the bohemian and comfortable writer and journalist retreat PlacetoB near Gare du Nord, and at the incredibly politically active Climate Action Zone. I was also able to participate in three separate public actions, and a private play reading for the Climate Change Theatre Action (CCTA). These short blog entries includes a few reflections and lots of great photos.