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Greta Lapp Klassen
23 July 2021
Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions (CSCS)
MCC East Coast
MCC photo/Laura Pauls-Thomas
Peace and justice, Climate Change
Greta Lapp Klassen, Climate Rider and MCC SALT alum, gets ready to depart Pittsburgh Mennonite Church with riders on the morning of July 23, 2021. Greta served with MCC in Santa Cruz, Bolivia in 2018-19.
A core team of 18 bicyclists made their way from Seattle, Washington, to Washington, D.C. The team began riding on May 31, 2021 and covered nearly 4,000 miles, learning about the impacts of climate change on different communities along the way.
They shared what they have learned through the riders’ blogs, social media and town halls with people across the country. The riders drew attention to climate change resources on the web site of the ride organizer, the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions (CSCS)—a partnership between MCC, Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) and Goshen College.
Climate Riders were fully vaccinated at the time of their trip and followed the CDC guidelines that were in place in June and July 2021. Riders made sure to wear masks and maintain social distance indoors when interacting with people outside their group.