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Sustainable Energy Bike Tours

I've been noticing some promotion of these Sustainable Energy Bike Tours from the Portland Peace and Justice Center on various LJ communities I belong to. I love the idea of this tour which has such a great educational value to it. It reminds me a bit of Global Exchange (founded by Medea Benjamin) trips with a more environmental twist.

The tours start in the summer, giving plenty of time to save up. They'd also make great Christmas gifts to friends that would like to live a greener lifestyle. This is something that I'd love to save up to do, possibly for summer 2007.

They are giving away a tour as part of a promotion. Visit the link above to enter.

Here are some of the bullet points of the tours:

  • Study and apply the philosophies of permaculture, alternative building, appropriate technology and sustainable energy.

  • Through inspiring hands-on service projects with leaders of the global sustainability movement, contribute to the communities you visit.

  • Participate in a traveling community of cyclists coming from a variety of backgrounds with a shared longing for a better world.

  • Explore some of the most beautiful places in Oregon while learning about natural history, deep ecology, and environmental ethics.
  • Observe local economics projects and grassroots democracy struggles in places through which you travel.

  • Gain a deeper understanding of how organic food is grown and distributed by talking first hand with the people who raise the food.

  • Spend time with Native American communities, work with salmon restoration and study indigenous building practices.

  • Learn about nutrition, health and fitness through long-distance cycling while visiting beautiful public lands and gaining first-hand experience in low impact camping..




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Nov. 11th, 2005 05:40 am (UTC)
Hey there,

I actually was very involved with the Green Party Office in NYC. I am the Executive Director w/ PPJC. Our bike tours started as a result of my participation in the Global Exchange BikeAid program actually, so if they seem similar, that is why! :)

Thanks for posting about us.


Nov. 12th, 2005 05:13 pm (UTC)
Your tours sound great, and I'm not surprised that you've been involved in the Green Party . . .

I hope to be able to do your tours at some point. I love the idea of combining educational (especially green education) and travel.
Nov. 13th, 2005 01:28 am (UTC)
Heh, yeah well the values on our site kinda give us away eh? :) (Yes, the 10 key values drive the center).

But yeah, I am a proud Nader 04 voter :) I have a signed Nader 04 shirt posted in a frame on the wall of our office. :)
Nov. 12th, 2005 04:15 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday
I'll forget and your birthday showed up on my MY LJ screen.

Keep up the good work in politics.

Have some great smiles and giggles with your family.

Nov. 12th, 2005 05:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Happy Birthday
Thank you! :) Can't believe I'm hitting the three dozen mark . . .
Nov. 12th, 2005 05:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Happy Birthday
I guess I should have logged in, by the last message was from me. Thanks again!
Apr. 8th, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC)
Sustainable Energy Bike Tours Rider Last Summer

I was on the ride last summer. I would not recommend the ride as I was hungry during the trip because not enough food was provided. I am a Colorado rider and know how important food is for an enjoyable ride. I also felt that unsafe I had no maps for the trip. We traveled in pairs and many people did get lost because the leaders provided incomplete directions and no maps. The discussions were one-sided and often not relevent to sustainablity, which is why I went. Sure the ride sounds good on paper, but I would not recommend the trip because of safety, comfort, and discussion concerns.

Colorado Rockies Bicycle Rider
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