A Saturday ride for climate-change action

This Saturday, Oct. 24, thousands are expected to gather all over the globe to call for serious reform to reduce emissions produced by modern civilization. Miami is no exception, with a large rally planned near Bicentennial Park.

Further, 1Sky Florida and Repower America have organized a bicycle ride from Vizcaya Metrorail Station through downtown Miami to the area between Bicentennial and the American Airlines Arena (you know, where those guys the Heat play).

At the tail end of the ride, Ocean Watch, a group of climate change researches, will treat participants to a slice or two of their knowledge and a tour of their boat, which is making its way around the world.

Organizers want you and our senators to know and remember the number 350. According to 350.org, 350 (parts per million) is the upper limit for CO2 that Earth can handle. Research in the past year has suggested the number currently sits closer to 390, and organizers want to raise awareness and promote action to reduce the world’s collective emissions output by as much as 80% by 2050.

Here’s the agenda:

11:15 a.m. – leave Vizcaya Metrorail Station and ride through downtown to Bicentennial Park/American Airlines Arena. There will be booths set up to demand action on climate change from our senators through phone lines, petitions, and video recordings.

2 p.m. – huge photo op involving activists and cyclists forming the number 350 in conjunction with events going on around the world.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m no scientist. I have noticed quite a lively debate about all this ice-melting and carbon emission hoopla. Though I am doing well in my Intro Chemistry class at Miami-Dade College (for once… don’t ask) and I am always in defense of our environment, I don’t claim to know much about this climate-change stuff. Generally, the only things I endorse are Surly bikes, winter jaunts in the Everglades, and the chili I made last night. I will leave the other stuff to researchers.

But I will say this: you’ll find me out there on Saturday because reducing emissions means finding realistic ways to make this country and this world more efficient. Be it for economic, political, environmental, or health reasons, cleaning up our act and our habits are in everyone’s best interest.

It’s clear where Green Mobility Network comes into this. Changing our car-centric views is absolutely imperative to creating an efficient infrastructure for daily life and parallels our mission to improve bicycling and pedestrian conditions in South Florida.

Organizers ask that you bring yourself, a bike, sunscreen, water and a hand drum (if you have one and can safely operate your bicycle while drumming Twisted Sister’s We’re Not Gonna Take It . . . OK, I made that last part up, but there will be a drum circle so bring out the hardware if you’re so inclined!)

Check out 350.org and 1Sky Florida for more information.
–Tony Blazejack