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.



Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas in Texas (Ken)


Jim Stevenson kindly left his house to us while he went to Florida to visit his mother. Jim’s place is a wooded oasis in a desert of new subdivisions spreading like cancer the length of Galveston Island. Before he drove off he casually said, “By the way, watch where you put your feet. I just saw a big cottonmouth in the yard.” From the wooden observation deck above the house we watched Roseate Spoonbills and egrets out in a marsh, White-tailed Kites hovering over the fields, and cormorants and ducks swimming in a pond. We’ve had four days to rest here. We think we deserve it.

Christmas day in Galveston dawned clear and cool – at least cool for Texas. Not as cool as we are used to however. The typical December 25th in Whitehorse is about 0 F (-18 C). In Texas it was about 60 F (16 C). Instead of skiing out past Hidden Lakes, we went down to the beach. A couple of men were sitting shirtless on lawn chairs. They toasted us with Bud Lights and said that it doesn’t get any better than this.

During Bird Year, we never get a holiday from birding. We scanned every gull, hoping that one of them was a Lesser Black-backed. Unfortunately Santa Claus only left us Ring-billed and Laughing Gulls, although we did see a Mottled Duck, the first one of the trip.

The best part of the day was using the stove in Jim’s kitchen. We are cooking a real holiday meal, instead of our typical one-pot-glop using the camp stove. It is almost ready as I type this: nut loaf, mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy, broccoli, cauliflower and yams. It is time to go set the table. . .

4 comments:

yukon said...

Message for Bird Year,

Merry Christmas from Riverdale South! Hope you are continuing to have a good trip and finding lots to discover and enjoy. Skiing is good and the bird count is on tomorrow. Must be holidays! Wishing you all the best of the season and for 2008.
Jenny Trapnell

yukon said...

Christmas Greetings to Malkolm, Wendy and Ken!

Cheers,
Bruce Bennett & Randi Mulder

yukon said...

BIRD YEAR inspires action!

From the Yukon Warbler, winter 2007:

Support the Fossil-fuel free Bird Year!

To help Malkolm with his fund-raising effort, I am pledging to give to the Bird Year fund established by the Yukon Bird Club the same amount I spend on gasoline. So when I drive to the pump and spend $35.00, I will put $35.00 into the Bird Year Fund. This comes to about 8 cents per km in my case. The funds raised during the Bird Year will help bird conservation across North America. This will be my own reminder to always try to drive less, while at the same time supporting an amazing conservation effort.

I would like to encourage others to consider making similar pledges in support of the Bird Year. To follow Malkolm's progress or to make a donation check www.birdyear.com.

All the best,
Helmut Grünberg

Matthew said...

Happy Holidays! Best of luck in the southern climes.