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Bicycle Pedalers of all types—strollers, trikes, bikes, dirt bikes, unicycles—are invited to join six college-aged riders from New England Climate Summer at Kennedy Park , Saturday, July 9th from 1-to-4 pm for a free BICYCLE CELEBRATION.  We will provide materials to decorate bikes for a parade, have a “Care for Your Bike-Care for Our Planet” clinic, and have an “Inherit the Earth” circle where we hear from young people what kind of world they want us to leave them.

NEW ENGLAND CLIMATE SUMMER is a summer internship program for college students interested in biking, community organizing, climate justice, & a sustainable future.  Climate Summer riders travel exclusively by bicycle in small teams across New England , spending approximately one week in a community before biking on to the next. While in each town, riders connect with community leaders that are actively addressing society's addiction to fossil fuels by crafting local solutions that strengthen communities. Riders bring with them a movement-building perspective and ethos, empowering those they meet and helping to highlight the important work of local organizations with the local press as well as in the 2011 State of the Movement Report, which will catalogue the efforts of groups in all the communities the various teams visit.

While in Lewiston , July 7-11, 2011, the Maine Climate Summer riders will also:

  • Garden with LOTS TO GARDENS, a youth and community driven organization that uses sustainable urban agriculture to create access to fresh food, and  to nurture healthy youth and a healthy community. 
  • Help with a family establishing a new farm
  •  Tour FARMERS’ GATE MARKET, a full scale butcher shop that specializes in grass fed beef, pastured pork, pastured lamb, and range poultry
  • Learn about the work of ANDROSCOGGIN LAND TRUST, dedicated to protecting, through land conservation and stewardship, the important natural areas, traditional landscapes, and outdoor experience in the Androscoggin River watershed.

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