Morgan Curtis, a sustainability expert from the Wiscasset-based Chewonki Foundation, is riding her bicycle through Maine to the upcoming United Nations Climate Change conference… in Paris, France.
Curtis, 23, began the 6,213-mile trek last month in Vermont with biking partner Garrett Blad, of Indiana, according to the Lincoln County News. Curtis served at Chewonki’s forested campus as the organization’s sustainability fellow during the 2014-2015 semester school session, where she taught high school-age students as part of a specialized curriculum.
Chewonki is an environmental education organization which runs a variety of programs, including camps, retreats and workshops.
“[Working at Chewonki] really gave me the time to think about environmental activism and how to make the most of the skills and resources at my disposal,” Curtis said, according to the LCN.
Curtis and Blad are traveling to Paris under the banner “Climate Journey,” and are seeking to raise awareness of — and support for — an international climate change agreement in which countries would pledge to reduce carbon emissions.
According to their website, www.climatejourney.org, the months-long trip will go through New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Belgium, the United Kingdom and France.
“Oceans will certainly need to be traversed, either by ship, ferry or plane,” the duo wrote on their website, but the remaining distance over land is still formidable: “We anticipate cycling around 10,000 [kilometers] over the five months.”