Saturday, April 4, 2015

Counting Down to Earth Day 2015

We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.” – Dakota Nation

Original 1970 Earth Day logo

Earth Day 2015 is just days away. How do you plan to observe it?

Once again my husband Don and I have pledged to ride in New Haven’s Annual Earth Day Ride, better known as “Rock to Rock,” taking place this year on Saturday, April 25.

Riders pledge to complete an 8-mile, 12-mile, 20-mile, 40-mile, or metric century routes and solicit donations for some two dozen local environmental groups. All rides begin at West Rock and end at East Rock, hence the name “Rock to Rock.”

In its first year, 300 riders raised about $10,000 overall. Last year 1,100 riders registered, and despite a cold, driving rain, 700 still showed up to complete the ride to East Rock, raising $150,000. Organizers hope that this year’s event, the 7th Annual Earth Day Ride, will have 1,500 riders and raise $200,000.

Nicely wrapped prize!
You can read more about Rock to Rock in this story in the New Haven Independent covering the February 6 launch party. I signed up that night and my name was drawn as the lucky winner of 25 tokens to the CitySeed farmers market!

We ride for the Urban Resources Initiative (URI), Team Lorax. URI has planted thousands of trees in New Haven through its Community Greenspace and GreenSkills programs. 

This year our ride has a special significance: we will be riding for the first time as grandparents! We hope you will consider supporting us in our quest to make the world a better place for all future generations.

Thanks for your support. Keep your fingers crossed that my good luck continues and that we have sunny skies on April 25.

Why Saturday Short Subjects? Some readers may recall  being dropped at the movie theater for the Saturday matinee — two action-packed feature films with a series of short subjects (cartoons or short movies, sometimes a serial cliffhanger) sandwiched in between. Often the short subjects were the most memorable, and enjoyable, part of the morning. That explains the name. The reason behind these particular posts is that we are all short on time. My Short Subject posts should not take me as long to write or you as long to read (or try).

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