To explore cultural issues and share stories through adventure that inspire people
Starting in Deadhorse, Alaska this June, Alvin began to meander south by bicycle, along the western spine of North America. Alexia and their dog Fitzroy joined the ride in British Colombia and will continue cycling through the States to Baja, Central America and South America finishing in Ushuaia, Argentina, approximately 18,000 miles total! The Western Hemisphere Project is more than just a ride; it is an educational journey for all involved.
Interviews with indigenous elders show followers how consumerism and climate change have impacted their traditions and customs. Meetings with representatives from environmental and cultural non-profits broaden our understanding of issues. The freedom of a bicycle will allow for the opportunity to meet many people and talk about how they feel climate change is affecting their own lives.
A curriculum focused on environmental, climate, and cultural issues will be available for teachers, grades 3 – 12. Professors can incorporate photo essays and videos into 100-200 level Environmental, Native Studies, and Human Geography courses. Interviews, videos, photos, social media platforms, and blog posts will connect students in real time via Internet, giving the opportunity to engage directly with the people and issues.
These real-world issues should be shared with our next generation of stewards so that they have the knowledge, understanding, and the truth to effect change personally, locally, and globally. Knowledge is power to make global changes for the sustainability of the future.