I’m riding the Arrowhead 135 ultra-endurance race to help Fresh Energy protect the natural world we love. Please support me with a donation.
Much of Minnesota’s identity is anchored in its infamous winters. As a transplant to its northern latitudes, I have come to embrace these frigid months by getting outdoors as much as I can to bike, ski, snowshoe, and yes, on occasion…ice fish.
However, winters in Minnesota are no fun when there is little snow or ice. The winters here are getting milder as part of a general warming trend and I’d like to do my part to slow that trend. That’s why I’m dedicating my participation in the Arrowhead 135 winter ultra-endurance race to raise money for Fresh Energy, a science-based, nonprofit energy policy organization that is actively involved in shaping smart, economically viable energy policy that will have a real impact on reducing the generation of greenhouse gases, the leading cause of global warming.
As a member of Fresh Energy’s Board of Directors for the last five years, I have seen what this dedicated organization is capable of doing to effect change in state, regional, and even national energy and transportation policies (Fresh Energy legislative victories). The results of their important work are part of the climate change solution. I want to repeat the invitation I made in my email to 'join' me on my ride and make a donation to Fresh Energy today.
The Arrowhead 135 is a 135-mile race across the rugged Arrowhead State Trail in Northern Minnesota…in January. Known as one of the coldest places on the continent outside of the Arctic, Minnesota’s Arrowhead region can hit temperatures in January as low as 40 degrees below zero! But those temperatures are rare these days.
When I participated in this ride last year, the average temperature during the race hardly dipped below 20 degrees. As I dripped with sweat while riding the ridiculously hilly course, I realized that I was experiencing climate change in action. It was then that I decided to dedicate my next attempt at finishing this race to Fresh Energy, an organization that's doing something to change a root cause of climate change, the way we use energy.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 2000 to 2010 was the warmest decade on record, and 2012 was the warmest year on record. Meanwhile, the global sea level has risen approximately 9 inches in the last 140 years. By the year 2100, sea level is expected to rise another 1.5 to 3 feet. Droughts, killer heat waves, and incredible storms like Katrina, Irene, and Sandy are becoming more frequent. Tropical diseases like the West Nile virus are moving north.
The climate is changing, but there are solutions. Fresh Energy is a Minnesota-based, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) organization working in collaboration with a wide range of groups across the state, region, and nation to develop and encourage smart, science-based policy solutions that make economic sense. And that’s why I’m supporting Fresh Energy with my ride. Since 1990, Fresh Energy has turned widely-held economic and environmental ideals into smart energy policy. They’ve achieved real and measurable progress toward a strong, prosperous energy economy while playing a leading role in our nation’s transition to highly efficient clean energy and transportation systems.
The official charity of the Arrowhead 135 is the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF). Any profits from my registration fees will go directly to the SOWF and I will make an additional personal donation to them (you can give to the SOWF as well at the SOWF donation site). But because I love Minnesota winters (and biking in them!), every penny of your contribution here will go to Fresh Energy to work towards practical policy solutions that will help slow climate change.
If you prefer to donate via check, please make your check out to Fresh Energy, write "Arrowhead" in the memo line, and mail to:
408 St. Peter St. Ste.220
St. Paul, MN 55102
Fresh Energy is a 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit organization. Your contribution is deductible to the fullest extent of the law.