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Cyclists Ride Their Bamboo Bikes 30,000 km for Water Awareness
Two Dutch friends are trying to bring attention to the global water crisis by cycling 30,000 km down the Americas on bicycles. On July 4, 2010, Joost Notenboom and Michiel Roodenburg, began their 18-month bicycle journey from Deadhorse in northern Alaska, and are now en route to the most southern tip of Argentina at Ushuaia. The mission is to take one bottle of icy Alaskan water from the Beaufort Sea down to the seas around Tierra del Fuego in a symbolic effort to complete the natural water cycle and raise awareness for the global water crisis that’s leaving over 1 billion people around the world without access to safe and clean drinking water. To make this an even greater challenge, Cycle for Water is the first ever attempt to do all this by sustainable bamboo bicycles. Not only is this counting towards an effort minimize their footprint, but this will simultaneously demonstrate that a lot of challenges can be overcome using sustainable solutions. All the money raised through the pair’s efforts will be used for rope pumps, hand dug wells and raincatchment tanks in both South America and Africa.
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