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Six young bicyclists fighting for climate change engage local citizens

RUTLAND - Six college students from across the country are traveling exclusively by bicycle as part of "Climate Summer," an initiative aimed to spread awareness about climate change.

They will bike 1,000 miles around Vermont and New Hampshire and visiting communities that are impacted by extreme weather events and fossil fuel production, refining, and consumption.

They passed through Rutland July 8-11 staying at the Grace Congregational Church in Rutland before heading on to volunteer all weekend at Solarfest, in Tinmouth, July 11-14.

Team Vermont/New Hampshire, consists of six young adults: Benjamin Lilley, Tara Miller, Julie Salvatoriello, Anna McDevitt, Alli Cropsey, and Brendan Rooney, who come from around the country. Climate Summer is a program of the non-profit organization Better Future Project. They have committed to cooking their own food, sleeping on the floor of local churches, and traveling solely by bicycle. They are focusing on the impacts of the production, refining, and consumption of fossil fuels, as well as extreme weather events, on New England communities.

One campaign the group is focused on is preventing the Portland-Montreal oil pipeline from being reversed to export tar sands from Alberta, Canada. These very dirty fuel reserves would put out enough CO2 to ensure strife around the world. The group's other focus is to build community support for climate change action.