Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tom Weis, Ride for Renewables, has been cycling from Colorado to Washington to promote a 100% U.S. renewable electricity grid by 2020. Tom met Lester Brown a few years ago in Colorado and has been a big fan of Lester’s work Plan B ever since.
He’s taken the Plan B message of cutting carbon emissions 80 percent by 2020 along with Bill McKibben’s call of 350 ppm and pulled them into his call for a 100 percent renewable energy grid.
He has been pedaling a “rocket trike.” This human-powered recumbent tricycle is wrapped in an aerodynamic body. He said he chose this particular trike “because it represents to me the creative potential of humans to do things differently. And it’s fun.”
He’s getting great print and television coverage. At each stop he calls on people to sign his petition calling for 100 percent renewable energy by 2020.
In talking with him recently, he said that everyone he has met on the trip agrees with his goal—from farmers in small towns to the members of Chambers of Commerce—and about needing to ramp up renewable energy now. (Read his blog.)
They are worried about our future—and that of their children—and they are ready for a bold message. Perhaps we are ready for Plan B!
Reah Janise Kauffman
P.S. Check out this YouTube interview Tom did with Lester.
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