Welcome to carbonstories.org. On this site you can learn about Michael Johnson-Chase and follow my blogs. With some exceptions, this site follows "theme based" cycling tours focusing on social and climate related issues. Slowed down observations of the world over days, weeks and months at 10 to 15 miles an hour can reveal a depth and quality of understanding about our environment often missed by faster modes of travel.

#P2Bcop21, Paris

#P2Bcop21, Paris

Place to B assist storytellers to tell the story of climate change and efforts to come to terms with it in venues other than the official one of COP21.  

December, 3, 2015, Place de la Rebublique 

While the COP21 meetings continue at Le Bourget, there is an alternate space for journalists, bloggers, writers and climate activists in Hotel Christopher near the Gare du Nord in Paris called Place to B. From here to Le Bourget is an easy train ride. I arrived in Paris yesterday (December 3), and after spending most of the day in a fog of jet lag, today I am at Place to B in full force. There's a lot happening here, although much of it is being made up as things go along. Of course, many activists are disappointed by the decision of the French authorities to limit public protests as planned before the terrorist attacks. I don't get the impression this is a concern of the average French citizen, however. While awareness of COP21 and its importance is high, the French are still recovering and are happy to let the authorities make choices that heighten their security. So let be glad that the marches in Bangladesh, Australia, London, etc were so successful. There was even some good street theatre in New York City.   

November 30, 2015, Climate Change March, New York City 

November 30, 2015, Climate Change March, New York City 

The Making of Public Art

The Making of Public Art

New York City to Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania

New York City to Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania