Bicycle for Everyone’s Earth
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An international group of volunteers will get on their bikes at Japan’s northern most point this August, and peddle the 3,500 kilometer length of the country to promote sustainability and environmental awareness. The BEE (Bicycle for Everyone’s Earth) team intends to complete its Wak-kanai to Kyushu journey within two months.
The eight-week tour will see the cyclists touch on all four Japanese islands, working at the grassroots level to promote environmentally friendly living. They will host events like community clean-ups, tree planting and vegetarian cooking demonstrations, as well host presentations and classes with schools and community groups.
The diverse group of riders are from different countries around the world, including Scotland, America, Canada, and Japan. They will be living out their environmental message as they peddle. The group will be adhering to sustainable practices to limit their ‘footprints’. These include eating vegetarian food and using organic products where possible, using bicycles as a sustainable transport option and avoiding convenience stores, vending machines and supermarket chains.
The annual BEE ride is well established in raising environmental awareness and has been featured in national and international media. BEE began in 1997 when three American English teachers working in Japan decided to make difference by giving back to their host country and seeing it in its entirety by bicycle. Each year the ride continues to generate more interest, get more people talking, and make the environment a higher priority in the communities they visit.
The 2008 team hopes to build on the advances made by previous teams and make this the most successful yet. To do this they need your help! Become a rider and join us! You can also support the BEE team through media publicity, donations of funds or cycling materials for the team, or by holding an environmental event.
Please get in touch for more information and help make BEE 2008 a success!
Visit http://www.beejapan.org for more information.