Climate Ride Combines Love of Environment and Cycling
In 2011, geologist Scott Warner was Climate Ride California’s top fundraiser, and in 2012 he’ll be directing his fundraising skills to benefit World Bicycle Relief as the primary beneficiary of his efforts!
The annual Climate Ride California is a multi-day cycling fundraiser and ‘green conference on wheels,’ with more than 150 cyclists traveling 320 miles from Fortuna, CA to City Hall in San Francisco. Occurring September 9-13, the ride is designed to raise awareness of sustainability, renewable energy, climate issues, and bicycle advocacy. In addition to cycling, the event features guest speakers who are leaders in sustainability and green innovation. In 2011, Scott gave a presentation on Northern Californian geology.
This will be Scott’s second year participating in Climate Ride, and his first to choose WBR as his primary beneficiary. Last year, the participants rode the 320 miles while also battling a series of early and unusually strong storms that hit the California coast. The event, combined with the East Coast Climate ride from New York City to Washington DC raised more than $300,000 for the chosen beneficiaries.
Scott is a professional geologist and environmental consultant who has worked for more than 25 years developing and implementing cleanup measures for contaminated soil and groundwater around the globe. His interests also include development of clean and sustainable energy, protection of water resources, and promotion of sustainable transportation for everyday life. Following these passions, Scott raised approximately $7,000 in 2011 which put him as the top fund raiser for the ride.
Scott states, “I am inspired by the work that WBR does to promote true humanity in a portion of the world that has been under served for way too long. By taking such a simple idea and using such a simple machine–the bicycle--to promote a prolific improvement in health, education, environmental protection, and economic development, is truly amazing. I want to be part of the solution, and raising awareness and funds through Climate Ride is consistent with that resolve.”
In addition to World Bicycle Relief, riders may raise funds for Green America, 350.org, Transportation Alternatives, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Climate Counts, 1% For the Planet, and many local bicycle and sustainability organizations.