Mileage Tracker: 4,200
Welcome to the Stopfrackingaround.com fundraising challenge!
UPDATE: I'd like to extend a HUGE thank you to all the people who chose to donate money to this cause. I'm now safely back home in Sweden (have been for 6 weeks) and I'm starting to recover from this epic adventure. You guys donated a total of $3115 which is pretty damn awesome. I'm super grateful and I know Earthworks are too!!
UPDATE: WE CAN DO THIS!! I've upped the goal from $2000 to $4000. This will be no problem if we keep this pace up. You guys are so awesome! Remember, the first $1000 were matched, meaning we're actually at over $2000 already!!
UPDATE 2: Now looking for someone to match coming donations. If you're interested, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Writing this, I'm sitting at the Pittsburg, Kansas community library. This library is located roughly 1500 miles from Washington DC, the place I started biking from 3 weeks ago, and 2408 miles from San Francisco, the place I have to be in a month in order to catch my flight back to Sweden on the 23rd of August. I have pretty much exactly 30 days to cover these miles, and my body will need at least 4 days of rest during this time. Some simple math shows that I'll have to average 92 miles every day except for the 4 days of rest in order to make it to SF in time.
I am going to give my all to make it there in time - without taking any Greyhound buses along the way, but I'd love it if you would help me raise some money for an organization and a cause I believe in to push me along.
I've chosen to raise money for an organization named Earthworks, and a specific project of theirs named the Oil & Gas Accountability project. Here's what they have to say about themselves and their cause:
The fossil fuel industry is rushing to drill and extract as quickly
and cheaply as possible at a time when existing rules are lax and
outdated, enforcement capacity limited, and punishment for wrongdoing
minimal. The result is profits for corporations and costs passed on to
the public, including polluted air and water, health problems, toxic
waste, and aggravation of climate change.
Earthworks' Oil & Gas Accountability Project is trying to change this. Earthworks challenges
the notion that natural gas is a clean source of energy by exposing
the health, environmental, climate, economic and social impacts of
hydraulic fracturing, the widespread use of toxic drilling chemicals,
and the oil and gas industry's sweeping exemptions from bedrock
environmental laws. Earthworks seeks to protect people's rights,
public health, clean air and water, and the climate from dirty energy,
particularly oil and gas drilling and fracking. Working with affected
communities, Earthworks reforms federal, state and local government
policies and improves corporate practices.
One generous donor has already signed up to match whatever contributions we get up to a cap of $500. This means that until we reach $500 in total donations, a donation of $10 actually equals a total donation of $20. The deal is – and this is where my part of this all comes in – that the matching only happens if I actually make it to SF in time. If I don’t, the donations stay as they are. As I am sure we’ll get above and beyond $500 in total donations, anyone else who’d be interested in matching is welcome to contact me at Stephan.email@example.com. And remember, you only have to match if I make it to California in time.
For more information about my bike journey - vist www.stopfrackingaround.com