Aspen cyclist embarks on 600-mile ride from Utah to Idaho to promote climate action and sustainable travel

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Starting on July 12, Jacquelyn Francis of Aspen will bike 600 miles from Utah to Idaho to inspire others to act on the climate crisis and showcase the possibilities of sustainable travel. As the founding executive director of the Global Warming Mitigation Project, she’s riding to raise funds to help deploy resources to the world’s leading climate solutions.

“I want to inspire others to consider sustainable travel options and show that long-distance biking, while daunting, is entirely possible and should be celebrated—even when you’re about to turn 60, like me! I hope that one day in the near future, this type of travel isn’t seen as impractical (or even unusual) but inspirational, freeing, and exhilarating,” says Francis.
Her goal is to raise $20,000 to support the critical work of the Global Warming Mitigation Project. Francis is participating in Climate Ride’s 2024 Independent Challenge, a program that helps cyclists, runners, and hikers organize multi-day fundraisers that benefit over 100 climate action organizations.
Francis has dedicated her life to finding solutions to global warming and is an avid biker. She decided to challenge herself both mentally and physically by pedaling to her next climate event while raising funds and awareness along the way.
At the midpoint of her journey, Jacquelyn will be presenting at the opening night of the 9th Sun Valley Forum. During this presentation, she will announce the 10 winners of the 2024 Keeling Curve Prize.
Jacquelyn will post insights, stunning scenery, and real-time updates on her progress and experiences throughout her ride. Her journey can be followed on Instagram.


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