Giselle and her family hosted me last winter at One Family Farm in La Lune, Moruga, Trinidad. Now she has come to visit me here in Northampton, MA, for a week, and she has joined me in the studio to talk about the farm, how the Workaway program got started, her brother Glendon, etc.
Kala joins me in the studio today to talk about the youth-led global climate strikes. Kala is an organizer of the September 20th Boston Climate Strike, and a Sunrise Northampton representative. get on the bus, and/or help support local youth to get on the bus to Boston: https://linktr.ee/bostonstrike .
Kala is a sophomore at Hampshire Regional High School.
I went to New York this past weekend, Rockaway Beach to be specific, to meet with Toby, also known as Clarance Tobias, or TocoToby. I first contacted Toby back in July. I’ve been trying to find more Trini partners for the Trinidad Bicycle Osmosis Project, and when I read his Workaway profile, about the work his foundation does with youth, sports, and the environment, I contacted him. He said Yes, he’s interested. He’s been in NY working for the summer, so not only did we get to meet in person to talk about the project, but he also hooked me up with a wetsuit, surfboard, and little surfing lesson through the surfshop where he works. (I don’t think I’ve ever even touched a surfboard.) And, he let me interview him for the show. Toby shares about growing up in a rural coastal village, the role bicycles can play in rural areas in Trinidad, his passion for sport, and enabling youth to have some of the same opportunities that he has had. Tobiasfoundation.com
So, we’re moving forward on the project together. We both plan to return to Trinidad in Oct/Nov, and continue working out details from there. Toby has represented Trinidad and Tobago as a triathlete, and has connections in the biking community there. The plan is to ship bikes in the spring.
The second half of the show is an interview with Serene Nembhard. Serene is going into her junior year at Hampshire College. She is coordinating expansion of compost collection at Hampshire College, and came to visit Pedal People to share inspiration. C’mon and compost, people! give it back to the earth.
An old friend Jose came to the studio with me today. Jose is passionate about living gently on the earth, and educating others about ways we are destroying our health and the health of all living things, and what we can do to change it. Today he has a sign with pictures of animals being choked by, or choking on, plastic litter. Jose has been in downtown Easthampton this summer speaking with passing motorists, pedestrians, anyone who will listen. He’s also been gathering signatures for some petitions to get the Easthampton City Council to put it on their agenda, things like discussing a commitment to use permaculture practices on public land.
There’s some more on the bike absconder saga. like how i got stopped yesterday painting route markers at UMass for a bike ride, something I do every year, but this year UMass cops asked me what I was doing, what my name was, what my date of birth was… and eventually it came out that I was violating my trespass order. See you in court. Again.
But the feature interview is with Strong Oak, of Visioning B.E.A.R. Circle Intertribal Coalition. We met August 4th, 2019, at the Pocumtuck Homelands Festival in Great Falls MA (a town also known by the name of the Englishman Mr Turner who led a massacre of Peskeompscut / Wissantinnewag there in 1676).
The mission of VBCIC is to prevent domestic and sexual violence in the intertribal communities of the Northeast, which includes MA, NH, VT, ME, CT, RI, and NY. http://visioningbear.org/content.aspx?page_id=0&club_id=422180
and at 43 min, a man I met on the Greyhound bus, Matt, talks about his tech job and how all parts of the bean plant are delicious, as he grew up eating them in the Congo.
So, for the past 2 months, my recorder and thumb drives for my radio show, and my road bike, have all been in UMAss Police Custody. Gabor and I faced felony larceny charges. Finally in this episode I tell the full story.
Alex Jarrett: “Three years ago I spent a week walking in the Hudson Valley of New York, asking people their thoughts and feelings about climate change, staying with people I’d never met before each night, gaining an understanding of what stops people from taking action, and finding some serendipitous surprises about my influence in the world.
What I didn’t know then was that the biggest challenge would be editing the podcast! There’s just one episode, and it’s finally ready.
Thanks to Barry Febos, John Michelotti, Kristen Wilmer, Kaya Weidman, Ed Baum, Julia Indichova, Connor Stedman, Lori Gross, Fiona Fraser-Gross, Ethan and Dyami Soloviev, AnnMarie Tedeschi, Tom Houghton, Sarah Scott, Petra Aldrich, Air Nonken, Sarah Womer, Sara Katz, Myk Freedman, Julie Rosier and Oliver Brown.”
For more including pictures from the journey, see Alex’s website:
Jackie Brown, mechanic and program leader for All Out Adventures, stopped by my house to talk about how she became a bike mechanic, and about her work with All Out Adventures. AOA is based in Northampton and provides outdoor recreation opportunities for people of all abilities. Popular programs include biking (triking) and kayaking. https://alloutadventures.org/
On July 6, 2019, Daniel and Nancy came to Northampton to check out Pedal People refuse collection by bike. We had a fun, exciting day biking around together, going to the Bike Lab, checking out trailers and hitches and compost buckets and all that. Daniel wants to start compost and/or refuse collection by bike in Cite Soleil, Haiti, as part of Sakala, which is a youth empowerment organization that he was instrumental in creating about 15 years ago. They do sports, urban gardens, recycled art, scholarships, and many other things. sakala-haiti.org As I shared with them my excitement about the Trinidad Bicycle Osmosis Project I’m working on, Daniel reminded me often, “You know, Haiti is a lot closer than Trinidad!”