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A messy path and a bus ride for climate change …

There’s localized environmental action. Then there’s national environmental action.

I’ll get a strong taste of both within the next week. For the first time in decades, I’ll join others in a protest action – this one aimed squarely at non-believers in climate change.


My path looks junkier these days.

My usual route has gone unattended for more than a week now, and it mortifies me how it can go to hell litter-wise, in a matter of days.

Yesterday was my first full spin – albeit slowly – around the full Sharon View – Colony – Fairview – Sharon View Road loop of about three miles.

I’m still probably a week or two from the go-ahead to really get after my localized trash problem again. It’s not the walking nor the carrying of weight that would be at issue, it’s the continual stooping over that would be problematic.

But I’m regaining my feet day by day and will be back in the saddle soon enough.


A bus ride to fight climate change.

I get a fair number of emails from environmental groups and causes; there are enough pitches/’alerts’/warnings that a degree of prioritization is necessary. It requires me to pay more attention to some than others.

One of those that got my full attention arrived yesterday in my inbox.

It was a call to action for the People’s Climate March on Saturday, April 29 in Washington, D.C.

I sat on the sofa for a while, internally debating if I wanted to get off my rump and join who knows how many thousands of others to protest this administration’s anti-climate stance. One consideration: Mr. ‘I’ll have no time for golf’ Trump will likely jet out of town for yet another well-deserved and sorely-needed vacation away from the little people.

Since The Donald continuously doubles down on denial of climate change (in the face of his Department of Defense, NASA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and a horde of other government scientists) this march is only the latest in what will likely be, and has been, a string of ongoing public reminders that he is wrong on this most critical of public – and world – issues. Indeed, this is only one such issue he is terribly misinformed/wrongly opinionated about.

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Climate change contributes directly to sea level rise, which impacts those of us along the North and South Carolina coasts (including this view of Folly Beach, SC) particularly hard.

So for $32, I’ve reserved a seat on the bus. In kind of an odd twist, there won’t be overnight hotel accommodations; the bus doesn’t depart Charlotte until 11 p.m. on Friday, April 28 for the overnight jaunt to D.C. We’ll get home shortly after midnight on the 30th – with riders catching shuteye as we can during the voyage.

No doubt I’ll make a number of march-related (and opinionated) posts.

About Dave Bradley (254 Articles)
I'm the one behind two totally unrelated blogs; one on 15 years of writing a weekly letter to my kids (plus other recipients), the other on my localized environmental responsibility. I'm a writer by trade and both endeavors are accepted practice for me. As for the letters, my adult children Ellen and Reid may have seen letters as corny at one point, but it's accepted practice for them, too, to find something in their mailbox other than bills and junk mail. Email and texting don't do a lot for me for a lot of different reasons. Snail mail has its place in the communicative world so as long as they keep selling stamps, I'm buying. As for 'Pick Up Your Path' and the environment, I advocate what citizens can do themselves to take a direct hand in their neighborhood environment. But Pick Up Your Path is also a general environmental blog. It may be largely about litter and trash, but both of those are just one element of the total environmental picture.

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