Bike ride to D.C. kicks off to raise climate change awareness

State College, Centre County, Pa. - 10 people are en route from State College to Washington, D.C. to raise awareness about climate change. 

The group departed from downtown State College Friday afternoon, making a trip to the nation's capital by biking the entire way. 

The more than 200-mile journey will take about five days to complete.

Once the cyclists arrive, they plan on meeting with lawmakers from Pennsylvania face-to-face to address a concern they believe everyone should have. 

"It's a big deal to everyone, whether the planet is going to be habitable in 50 or 100 years," Spencer Carran, one of the cyclist said. 

"As we see more extreme weather event, as we see potential for more severe droughts that could impact our food supply, it's something that's going to affect everyone," Carran added. 

Many of the cyclists come from Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light, an organization based in State College. 

The organization takes an approach at climate change from a variety of faith backgrounds. 

"I think it's important because communities of faith usually respond to areas of need, and although [climate change] affects us globally, impacts poorer communities," Joyce Eveleth, another cyclist said.

Eveleth said she admires the group effort, especially when religious leaders get caught into the political side of climate change. 

Cyclist hope to reach D.C. by Wednesday morning. 

They're set to meet with the following congressmen: 

  • Congressman Brady 
  • Congressman Kelly 
  • Congressman Thompson
  • Congressman Costello 
  • Congressman Meehan 
  • Congressman Fitzpatrick 
  • Congressman Shuster
  • Congressman Marino
  • Congressman Barletta
  • Congressman Rothfus
  • Congressman Doyle
  • Congressman Dent
  • Congressman Cartwright
  • Congressman Boyle
  • Congressman Perry

Cyclist also plan to meet with Senator Toomey. 

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