Biking to Common Ground Fair
The Colby Environmental Coalition (EnviroCo) will sponsor a morning bike ride on Saturday, Sept. 24, from Mayflower Hill to the Common Ground Country Fair in Unity, Maine. The 22.5 mile bike ride is one of thousands of registered events taking place worldwide under the umbrella of the 350.org Moving Planet Campaign.
A group of Middlebury students started 350.org, a grassroots organization. The group aims to reduce the carbon dioxide content in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million, a level scientists say is necessary to preserve the planet.
According to 350.org, Sept. 24, Moving Planet Day “is a day to put our demands for climate action into motion—marching, biking, skating—calling for the world to go beyond fossil fuels.”
“The ride brings together a lot of things the Colby community is passionate about like biking, getting outside, environmental activism, enacting global change, gardening and sustainability,” Erin Love ’14, one of the leaders of EnviroCo, said.
The destination of the ride, the annual Common Ground Fair, celebrates sustainable agriculture and products produced in Maine. Attendees arriving by bicycle will receive a two dollar discount off admission, as well as special parking for bikes.
“The Common Ground Fair really is the perfect destination for the ride,” another EnviroCo leader Renzo Moyano ’14 said. “It is a perfect example of what our society needs more of in order to become sustainable and demonstrates all of the things we should be doing on a much larger scale.”
Love and Moyano are working to restore EnviroCo to its former prominence on campus and hope that a large turnout for the ride will spur student interest in the organization.
Those interested in participating in the ride or joining EnviroCo may contact Love or Moyano for more information. Students who do not own bikes can rent them from the Information Desk in Pulver using the iBike system, which was originally an EnviroCo initiative.