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Cyclists Suffer from Environmental Angst

Here’s a nice Star article I’ve had bookmarked for awhile called “Green Jitters grow on a blue planet“, about the feeling of being overwhelmed by the environmental disaster that is creeping up on us all because of climate change:


“Sometimes I do cry and I don’t think I’m the only one,” said Jenny Greenop, 23, an environmental studies and biology major at the University of Toronto, when asked about her views on the state of the planet. “I always joke that as soon as we enter into this program we should be given a good dose of Prozac because a lot of the conclusions are kind of depressing and suggest solutions are beyond our control.”

Jenny (the wrencher with the great cyclist smile in the photo to the right) is one of the fantastic people who run the UofT Bikechain, the “student run bicycle promotion and repair facility on the Uof T campus. Built on a philosophy that encourages the active involvement of our community to enact positive change, the facility offers a hands-on educational experience to all those who are interested in bicycle repair and maintenance.”

I myself have felt at times that it would be nice to be one of those people who can just ignore the looming climate change catastrophe and go on living their lives like the biggest problem in the world was the price of gas in suburbia, but I can’t do that. If I did that I’d look back in 20 years and have regrets. While the scale of the problem and the general public indifference intimidates me at times… I prefer to look at what I can perhaps change and focus on that.

Jenny and the BikeChain are taking part in BikeFriday this Friday too! Drop by on your bike during regular Bikechain hours (12-5 PM) and get FREE coffee and a FREE membership! This is good for EVERYONE, not just UofT students. They are opening membership up to the general public, and it’s regularly priced at $20-$60, so you can get a SUPER deal this Friday!

The BikeChain
33 St George (at College, across from the UofT bookstore) MAP
International Student Centre (basement)

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