500-mile bike ride brings attention to pollution dangers

Six young adults from across the United States are taking a 500-mile bike ride from New Orleans to Houston drawing attention to what they call society's deadly addiction to coal, oil, and gas.

The journey is called the "Ride for the Future" where the riders are meeting environmental activists in each city they stop in to highlight the harm pollution has on gulf coast communities.

Hilton Kelley and the Community In-power and Development Association Inc. hosted the riders in Port Arthur for two days and helped bring them to Southeast Texas.

They also meet with people who live within a two-mile radius of a refinery in hopes to help them any way they can.

"We hear their story and hope to amplify their voices to a larger audience," said bike rider Omar Navarro, "so that people do learn about the diseases that the people, children in the community are more likely to get."

According to the Environmental Protection Agency respiratory diseases for adults and children in this area are higher than the national average.

In 2005 the EPA said our area ranked second overall for the most releases of air toxins in the US.

The group hopes to get refineries to stop any new investments in coal, oil, and gas, and to start massively investing their profits into renewable energy like solar and wind.


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