Green Torch Relay bikes 200+ miles to Albany to fight Climate Change

The Green Torch Relay, which occurred on Sunday October 28th, was a huge success! 

It was set up by the SLU Coalition on Climate Change and included a coordinated effort with Clarkson, SUNY Canton, and Paul Smith's College. The ride, aimed at raising awareness of climate change but more importantly at inviting state politicians to the North Country Focus the Nation event on Feb 1st of 2008, began at the ESL building at first light on Sunday morning.

The Watertown Times was at the start to take pictures of the bikers participating in the 200+ mile ride to Albany. The length of the ride was sectioned into 20 mile legs (on average), two supply vans were used to transport bikes and riders, and a chase car followed the bikers to ensure safety.

The weather was a bit chilly and windy but the sky was clear for our riders which helped keep the ride on track. We made sure to take tons of pictures and video along along the way and we are currently condensing all of our clips and stills into a format that can be watched from beginning to end.

A big thanks goes out to the 30 or so riders who helped out in this relay! We all had a ton of fun and we were able to invite several state politicians to the Focus the Nation (FTN) climate change solutions forum (which will be happening on February 1st,2008 in Appelton Arena). FTN is a national symposium on climate change which aims to find local solutions to the problem and to open up lanes of dialogue between citizens and state politicians about the issue.

Stay tuned for more details on Focus the Nation as the date draws nearer!

Keep thinking green!

~Nigel Fellman Greene '09

Coalition on Climate Change President