Andrew Loewinger has three sons and is thinking of the world he wants them to live in whenever he decides to do another Climate Ride. He’s about to take on that challenge for the fifth time, on Climate Ride Cuba, because he truly believes that environmental challenges are among the greatest threats to our planet and ones that we can readily effect.
According to Andrew, he doesn’t think of himself as your typical Climate Ride participant: he’s a “senior” lawyer at a large law firm and is not involved professionally in environmental issues. But he shares something in common with everyone who signs up for a Climate Ride event: he’s committed to using his free time to advocate and try to help make the change we need to create a survivable future.
This will be his fifth Climate Ride in 3 ½ years. He has found Climate Ride to be a transformative organization in its devotion to raising climate change awareness, promoting sustainability, and supporting bike advocacy.
Andrew also loves the Climate Ride biking experience. He has been on other group biking trips and while they are fun, “they frankly lack the educational content and intergenerational energy of Climate Ride trips which is infectious.”
Climate Ride all the way.
That’s why this year he is riding and fundraising for Climate Ride, because he’s dedicated to Climate Ride’s mission, its goals and people, and he wants to try to help make a difference. According to Andrew, “The leaders, and participants, in Climate Ride are all passionate and leaders in their fields.”
In the past, he has supported a variety of great Climate Ride beneficiaries, including local bike advocacy groups (such as Washington Area Bicyclist Association), and national and international environmental groups.
His biggest challenge for all of his Climate Rides has been training to ride hills. He rides a lot in Delaware where it is quite flat. The only resistance there is the wind which he refers to as “Delaware hills.” He overcomes the lack of hills by pushing himself when riding into the wind and turning up the resistance on his spinning bike!
Pushing through the “Delaware hills” for our planet.
Andrew has seen the increased effects of climate change in Delaware with rising sea levels and more intense storm activity. These cascade into problems with beach erosion and flooding in his community. According to Delaware Business Now, those costs will also impact Delaware homeowners by as much as $300 million dollars as coastal property values drop due to sea level rise. Coastal roads are already experiencing more flooding during tourism seasons, further impacting the economy, as well as people’s daily lives. In addition to participating in Climate Rides, he has gotten involved with community organizing in Delaware to address climate-related flooding issues in his local community.
He’s also taking action on the personal front. He sources electricity for his home through alternative energy sources. His family is a non-fossil fuel household–he and his wife both own only electric vehicles–he’s an earlier adopter on hybrid battery technology as he bought his first hybrid car in 2003 and has owned a Chevy Volt electric vehicle since 2011.
He sees increased hope in the general awareness of climate change in the US and global communities; community activism; increasing acceptance among key business players about the role of promoting sustainability; technological advances and commercial uses for alternative energy sources such as wind and solar energy; and a recognition in the investment community that climate change and sustainability are important issues for companies to address. At Climate Ride, we see the power of hope in people like Andrew, who are rising up to the challenge of climate change and dedicated to resilience for future generations.