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Activists cycle to Standing Rock

Activists cycle to Standing Rock

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Cyclists pedaling across America to gather stories of people impacted by climate change will lead a bike ride to the Standing Rock Sioux pipeline protest encampment on Sunday.

Riders will leave at 8:30 a.m. from Epic Sports and anyone interested in the 42-mile trip down Highway 1806 can meet there to ride to the camp on the Cannonball River south of Mandan and talk with the Sioux and hundreds of tribal supporters gathered to protect water and tribal sacred sites by protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Mindy Ahler and Ryan Hall have been cycling since Aug. 27 from Seaside, Ore., to Washington, D.C., on a tour they call “LowCarbon Crossings,” to bring attention to global warming and the impact of rising seas and destructive floods and wildfires.

They reached North Dakota this week and will hold community conversations in communities across the state, including one at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Bismarck. The conversation will start with free pizza at 6 p.m., hosted by Cool Planet, Citizens’ Climate Lobby and Dakota Resource Council.

“We are increasingly becoming people who are affected, or know someone who is affected by the changes in how our planet functions," Hall said. "Whether or not one believes in climate change means very little when disaster response is needed more frequently. Creating a better world for us now, and for the future, is something we must come together for. Disregard the lines that divide us.”

Hall, of Detroit, just completed his third year in AmeriCorps, a community service organization focused on building communities and leaders in the United States. 

Ahler, of Edina, Minn., is co-director of Cool Planet, which aims to create neighborhood fun and action for the planet. She is also a regional coordinator for Citizens’ Climate Lobby, which works to build the political will for a livable world.

Reach Lauren Donovan at 701-220-5511 or lauren@westriv.com.

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