Saturday, July 2: Oh man, what a ride! Twenty riders all in red and black riding through Paro Valley must have been quite a sight. Today the Bhutan Ride for Climate riders got a dose of rain, the plains and a steep hill. Riding up and down the valley, we (the riders) got the chance to visit one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan (Kyichu Lhakhang) and the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong as well. To add icing to the cake we even got a glimpse of the 5th Druk Gyalpo (the King of Bhutan).
We had started our day with a traditional Buddhist opening ceremony, which was performed by two Monks who blessed us for our trip. We got a good insight on our program through Tshewang and the Bhutan Foundation gang. Nicky gave us the science of climate change and we watched two amazing short videos (Silent Tsunami & Tsunami from the Sky). Amy and Katy shared their views on how journaling and social networking and multimedia play a big role in sharing and providing information on the effects of climate change, and how we can share our views as well. We also got lessons on bike safety and tips on how to repair a bike from Karl, Wangda, and Sangay.
At dinner, I had my plate in front of me, but the thoughts of the ride would not leave my head. Climate change could change everything that we have, right to the very core of our culture, our way of life. I am happy that I am a part of Bhutan Ride for Climate; from the first day it got me thinking “What if?” I hope every day I get to realize how important climate change is to our environment, and how I can be a part of the solution rather than the problem.