Two men who are biking from West Virginia to Mexico stopped in Louisville Friday.
James Ploeser and Jamie Trowbridge are making their way to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, which begins in late November. They say the trip is designed to raise awareness of how the modern global economy leads to climate change.
“We want to underscore again that all of it is based on a sort of race to the bottom economy that is based on exploitation of land and people and resources in a way that creates a lot of emissions and fuels global warming,” says Ploeser.
Ploeser says the route he and Trowbridge are taking highlights their cause.
“Start in West Virginia, where coal is being extracted, causing emissions and causing displacement and causing social disruption there, then to places like here in Rubbertown where fossil fuels are being burned and where industrial activity is polluting the air but also driving global warming,” he says.
Ploesser and Trowbridge also hope to highlight the effects of climate change on other populations, such as indigenous people and farmers.