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Get to Know the New 2013 Climate Ride Beneficiaries!

Caeli Quinn on December 13, 2012, 10:08 AM

One rider said to us, "One of the best parts of Climate Ride was seeing all of these amazing nonprofits riding together. I never expected to learn so much on the ride!"

The sustainability and bike advocacy movement is big, diverse and working on a multitude of issues that affect us on a local, national and international level. At Climate Ride, we've taken a unique approach to raising funds and building community. We've brought together all of these hardworking nonprofits so that you, the riders, can choose from an extraordinary list of groups to direct your fundraising and support.

You can read about the 60+ beneficiaries organizations, including NRDC, 350.org, Greenbelt Alliance, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, right here!

We'd like to welcome the newest beneficiaries to Climate Ride. Let's give them a big welcome!

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. Your donation through Climate Ride to The Nature Conservancy will support two initiatives; the Forest Health Program, and the Climate Change Adaptation Program. The Forest Health Program works to prevent the loss of North American trees from the introduction and spread of harmful non-native insects and diseases through education, science, and policy. The Climate Change Adaptation Program leads an effort here and abroad to demonstrate how nature can help prepare people for our changing climate, and to encourage the conservation and restoration of natural habitats that provide resilient protection and livelihoods.

Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) works to build a better, more bike-able Los Angeles County. LACBC is the only nonprofit, membership-based organization working exclusively for the millions of bicyclists in Los Angeles County. Through advocacy, education and outreach, LACBC brings together the diverse bicycling community in a united mission to make the entire L.A. region a safe and enjoyable place to ride. Our mission is to build a better, bike-able Los Angeles by improving the bicycle environment and quality of life in Los Angeles County.

B Lab is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that serves a global movement of entrepreneurs using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Lab serves these entrepreneurs through three interrelated initiatives that provide them the legal infrastructure and help them attract the customers, talent, and capital to scale.  B Corps are certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.  Today, there is a growing community of more than 650 Certified B Corps from 19 countries and 60 industries working together toward 1 unifying goal: to redefine success in business.

The purposes of Citizens Climate Education Corp (CCEC) and Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) are to create the political will for a stable climate and to empower individuals to have breakthroughs in exercising their personal and political power. We engage, train, and support citizens to effectively participate in democracy to advocate for safe, secure, clean energy policies. CCEC/CCL educates volunteers in the broadest possible way, including: science, economics, politics, sociology, and succinct communication. Volunteers build common ground with legislators. Activities include writing letters to the editor, meetings with editorial boards, outreach and meeting directly with members of Congress and Parliament.

California Straw Building Association’s (CASBA) mission is to further the practice of straw building by exchanging current information and practical experience, promoting and conducting research and testing, and making that body of knowledge available to working professionals and the public at large. CASBA is an all volunteer non-profit organization committed to straw bale building in California; providing information since 1996, education and a network of resources. Our members are architects, engineers, contractors, owner builders, and people interested and/or dedicated to straw building. CASBA’s Outreach Initiative aims to spread the word on straw-bale construction’s ability to sequester carbon as well as help create beautiful, high-performing and super-insulated buildings, to the point that the sequestered carbon is substantially more than the embodied carbon emissions.  CASBA has helped to fund research and testing, and has supported projects in China and Mongolia, Haiti, and Pakistan.

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I am starting up a grassroots chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby on Long Island and can attest to the *amazing* work they are doing. We are advocating for a carbon tax and dividend approach to address climate change and reduce carbon emissions. Our efforts are focused and efficient and we are having a huge impact. In the first 11 months of this year CCL members have had 478 Letters to the Editors published, 522 meetings with members of Congress, 78 Op-Eds published and 46 new chapters started (up to 72 total from 26 the previous year).

Please get involved in a chapter near you or start your own! Email me at ash dot hunt at gmail dot com and I will help you get started!

Ashley Hunt-Martorano
December 13, 2012 at 11:42 AM

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