TCBC Bike University Program – January 25, 2022, at 06:30 pm CST

Simple Steps to a Cooler Climate: Taking Action from Your Bike Seat

Our speakers will be Mindy Ahler and Paul Thompson, the Co-Directors of Cool Planet https://coolplanetmn.org/, where together they work with families, students, and community members to engage all in neighborhood fun and action for the planet. Mindy and Paul are from Edina, Minnesota.

Mindy also serves as the Regional Coordinator for Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) www.citizensclimatelobby.org, creating the political will for a livable world. In this role, Mindy works with volunteers across 5 states as they work on national policy to address climate change.

In 2016, Mindy completed a nearly 4,000,-mile LowCarbonCrossings www.lowcarboncrossings.org cross-country bike journey to engage people in conversation and action on climate solutions. This journey combined with her work has provided many opportunities to build common ground with those who think differently from herself and given her insight into many perspectives to address climate change.

Mindy’s concern for the environment and climate change stems from her social justice background and involvement with people around the world. She has experienced the kindness and generosity of strangers in many situations that has built her deep-seated belief that all human beings are good at heart and share the common value of caring for one another and future generations.

Paul, was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malaysia from 1971-73 where he taught biology, health science and learned about being a world citizen. Paul, a retired elementary school teacher, is a now a full time climate solutions volunteer with his wife Mindy Ahler with Citizens’ Climate Lobby and co directs Cool Planet, our Edina based non-profit working to connect outdoor lovers with protecting their sport/ activity from our rapidly degrading climate.

He serves, with Edward Eroe, as a board member of the Birchleggings Club to inspire the American Birkebeiner and the Loppet to act on climate to preserve winter and build strong support from the cross country ski community on climate solutions.

Paul joined Mindy on her 79-day Low Carbon Crossing journey across the country in 2016 with Ryan Hall (see photo). A lifelong bike rider, biking over 800 miles with Mindy and Ryan was a highlight in my bike riding life. “Having seen what a biking culture can look like in Copenhagen and Amsterdam, it belongs as a major action step in all climate action plans.”

Presentation Description

Join Mindy and Paul to engage in an open conversation about the need for building a diverse and inclusive climate solutions movement and the role bike enthusiasts can play in that movement. Come prepared with your questions and ideas for engaging the people in your family, community to get off the sidelines and take meaningful action on the things you believe in.

The meeting will be via Zoom. To register, follow the directions below.

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When: Jan 25, 2022 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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