Malkolm is cycling on! He is now cycling from Alaska to Washington DC, and then continuing on to the UN Climate Change conference in Cancun in December.
It all started with Bird Year, Malkolm and his parents' year-long, fossil-fuel-free journey in search of birds. Cycling a total of 13,133 miles (21,144 km), they identified 548 different bird species and raised more than $25,000 for bird conservation. Bird Year turned them into confirmed cyclists and taught them that climate change was more serious than they had thought.
In 2009, Malkolm biked from Whitehorse to Ottawa as a part of Pedal for the Planet: the project called for the Canadian Government to become a leader in the struggle to come to grips with climate change. The Harper Government did not even meet with the young cyclists.
Malkolm is now 18 and just finished high school. On August 24, he dipped his foot in the Pacific Ocean in Skagway, Alaska. Then headed up and over the White Pass to the Alaska Highway on his journey to Washington and on to Cancun.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

The Romance of Bird Year

Getting ready for our Bird Year is extremely romantic. Today I vacuumed several rooms, swept and washed the stairs leading downstairs (never done that before), spent an hour or two responding to emails and spent a joyous few minutes scrubbing the bathroom floor. My daughters’ dogs are staring at me reproachfully because I haven’t taken them for a walk (Kirsten, Polly and Malkolm are in Haines, Alaska having fun at a bike race).
Starting on the summer solstice, I won’t be scrubbing any floors for at least a year (although we may need to wash the tent).

1 comment:

Dan said...

Hi Ken!

It's been a few years since we saw you down here with your Arctic Refuge "road show.' I was pleasantly surprised to see your entry on Tweeters the other night. I commend your family for the feat you all are about to undertake and am planning on meeting up with you either in Sequim or Ocean Shores in August.

I remember Malkolm doing his bird drawings in Washington D.C., Feb 2000. I think he has chosen an excellent interest. I've enjoyed looking at his artwork on the website.

I do miss the Arctic. It's now been almost 7 years since I was up there for the Millennium Trek. Last week I spent 4 days up at 100 Mile House, B.C. fishing. Unfortunately, no qualilty time for much birding but it was beautiful country and I am hoping to do more trips to Canada sooner rather than later.

Best wishes to you and your family on this Trek - hope to see you in Washington!

Dan Dunphy
Kent, WA