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Climate Reality Tour

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THE STORY:

The U.S needs to know more about global climate change, its causes and effects. How will we show it the light? By taking a journalistic cycling tour to the 2010 UN Climate Summit in Cancun!

We believe the U.S. public would benefit highly to learn more about communities suffering from, or otherwise confronting both the causes and effects of global climate change. We'd leave from the coal fields in West Virginia and arrive by bike in Cancun, Mexico in time for the the UN summit in late November. Along the way, we'd visit with community organizations struggling to cope with the fall-out of climate change-causing economic activity, and others looking to maintain sustainable economies in the face of climatic shifts and new green exigencies.

Along the way, well will conduct interviews with local residents and with organizations advocating for transformation to a greener, more just economy. With our reports, we hope to weave a quilt that shows how the varied experiences of each of our sites are all linked to the problem of the carbon economy threatening the planet. We will create a final educational documentary video are making arrangements for our blog and other dispatches to be published by leading national environmental & public interest organizations.

Specifically, we will report on extraction and consumption sites of coal and oil, conventional and organic local/farms, immigrant farm work-sites, scenes of deforestation and reforestation projects, areas struck by disasters and severe drought.

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