Because of the extraordinary efforts of the 350 Climate Riders and Hikers in 2018, we are awarding over $740,000 in grants this year. This brings our total impact to more than $5.3 million since 2008. Our independent efforts to generate powerful grants has resulted in direct support to help fight legal battles for public lands and clean air. We’ve amplified diverse voices in sustainable transportation and provided funds for organizations building safer options for bicyclists and walkers. Our grants have led to renewable energy projects in national parks, relieving pollution in critically impacted ecosystems.
Together we’ve braced an environmental movement that needs new voices and an active citizenry willing to walk the walk and bike the bike.
In 2018, we also quadrupled our scholarships, which provided unparalleled opportunities for young sustainability leaders to experience the enrichment and inspiration of a Climate Ride. We engaged new audiences and encouraged them to prioritize environmental giving. We provided the support to persevere in their fundraising and grow their dedication to the most important issue of our lives. In all, our advocates have used their human power to bike and hike more than 850,000 miles in the service of climate action, conservation, and active transportation, while spreading a message of climate hope to millions.
We delivered 117 grants to beneficiaries working in sustainability, renewable energy, climate action, conservation, and public health. Below we’ve profiled a few of our Climate Ride grants in action.