I’ve never been so jealous of a small child… Good work Charlie!

26 01 2010

Photo and text from cnn.com

Charlie bicycles five miles around a park and raises approximately $50,000 for every mile ridden

London, England

— He’s no Wyclef Jean or George Clooney, but that hasn’t stopped seven-year-old Charlie Simpson from raising more than £150,000 ($240,000) for the Haiti earthquake.

Simpson from Fulham, west London had hoped to raise just £500 for UNICEF’s earthquake appeal by cycling eight kilometers (five miles)around a local park.

“My name is Charlie Simpson. I want to do a sponsored bike ride for Haiti because there was a big earthquake and loads of people have lost their lives,” said Simpson on his JustGiving page, a fundraising site which launched his efforts.

“I want to make some money to buy food, water and tents for everyone in Haiti,” he said.

Read the rest here: http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/01/25/uk.boy.charity.haiti/index.html



25 01 2010

A mud volcano, forts, friendly folks, dolphins, Caribbean sailing, and a million beautiful views. Share it, rate it, comment on it if you like it. Subscribe on youtube, do a little dance, and plant a Tajy if you really like it.

“Saving San Rafael” Book

25 01 2010

Eli from Guyra Paraguay posing with the photo-documentary book, "Saving San Rafael"

If you are even slightly interested in beautiful photography, Paraguay, or forest conservation, it’s time I tell you about this book. I contacted the author, my friend Emily Horton, to get the scoop. Thanks for your work, Emily!

“Hola Samuel! I would love to share more about Saving San Rafael, the conservation photography book I made in collaboration with the Association Guyra Paraguay. This publication is of special relevance to Ride for the Trees supporters because, similar to your biking campaign, it aims to protect one of the largest and most threatened blocks of Atlantic Forest in Paraguay: San Rafael. The book, written in Spanish and English, takes readers on a photographic journey through the biological and cultural wealth of San Rafael. It is a great educational resource for donors wishing to visualize and learn more about the globally important forest they are preserving.

BUY THE BOOK QUICKLY AND SAFELY ONLINE: It can be purchased online from the NHBS Environmental Book Store by visiting http://www.nhbs.com/saving_san_rafael_tefno_161120.html .  Buyers can feel good about their investment since book profits will be used by the non-profit environmental organization, Guyra Paraguay, to fund conservation projects in San Rafael.

From the start, our goal has been to use Saving San Rafael as a conservation tool to raise national and international awareness about the importance of San Rafael. Thus, I am always grateful when it serves its purpose. Thanks for helping promote our book on your blog Samuel and for contributing to our planet in your VERY unique way. Safe pedaling!

THE BACKSTORY: The story behind Saving San Rafael begins in 2004 when I arrived in Paraguay as an Environmental Education Peace Corps Volunteer. As fate would have it, I was assigned to live in Arroyo Claro, a remote agricultural village bordering San Rafael “National Park.” I soon learned about Read the rest of this entry »

Arriving in Panama!

24 01 2010

Porvenir Island in Kuna Yala. If you're sailing into Panama you can stamp in on this island.

Hey everybody, stories-a-plenty are soon to come but for now I just wanted to let you know I have made it to Panama with help from Captain Jean and her 33 ft. sailboat.

So much has happened since I last updated I can’t wait to get it all typed up, but for now I have to go.

But before I do, I wanted to let you know the final photos from Colombia have been posted, as have the newest photos from Panama. Here are the links:

Colombia Photos: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=142574&id=135853412738&l=85287365e4

Panama Photos: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=142613&id=135853412738&l=39462dfcbc

I have a few free days before my friend Nikki and her bicycle arrive from Arizona, so updates and videos will be coming very soon!

Revisiting Lake Titicaca through John’s eyes

24 01 2010

You pass a million people on the city streets and you could forget them all, but if you pass another cyclist in the Amazon in Ecuador you will remember them forever. I met John, a Dutch cyclist who started his trip in Quito, Ecuador, when we were going in opposite directions in a pouring rain on a dirt road in the jungle. We exchanged contact info, and today I got an update from him… from Bolivia! Here’s a piece of his journal from Lake Titicaca:

Becouse it is already suffocating here, the Lake Titicaca at 38/3900 meters (13,000 feet) above sea level is one of the highest laying lakes of the world. Happy about the fact that is very flat here becouse this means les strain so les tiring so les suffocating. I ask you what is tiring or hard when you get to cycle next to a lake so beautifull as the lake Titicaca, i wont easy forget it is so beautiful here.
In a state of bliss i cycle further. After a while the only thing i can see acros are the mountains in the far distance over a such a bleu lake under the white clouds. Kkkkkkkrrrrreeeeuuuuhhhh a car passes me more loud and close than the other cars. I did not even hear that one comming, so rough i get puld out of my moment. I sigh a breath of dissapointment bud also not to breath in the exhoust gases, bud becouse it is already so high and suffocating here it hits me in my head and i get dizzy and  unstable for a moment without swinging. Just on that moment another unfriendly vehicle passes me by honking loud. With after that a éxtra treat a bus passing me and right on that moment pushing out a black cloud. So big !. That for a moment i forget about myself. When al this has past me. I stop for a moment and eat my yoghurt, there are no cars for a moment, everything is so quiet. So quiet that i can hear the birds whistling, and i see the lake and i feel compleet silence going trough me. And i think to myself this is why i do this and al other things are not important.

Bicycling through Colombia’s Changing Climate

8 01 2010

While bicycling through Southern Colombia I passed thousands of people begging for change on the PanAmerican Highway. This woman let me interview her for the new Voice of the People piece called “Seven Years of Drought.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e20NK0xqbbY

Status Map

8 01 2010

The Current Situtation