I've never run a half marathon before, and in fact I haven't raced since cross country in high school (and those races were a meager five kilometers). But I decided might as well hit three birds with one stone — check running a half off my bucket list, visit a national park I've wanted to see for years, and raise money for a cause that I believe in with my entire heart.
If you've talked to me recently, you know that I stress out about climate change all the time. I'm constantly worried that I'm not doing enough (since our ruling society is clearly not doing enough), and while I'm aware that as an individual my actions will not have the necessary effect to fix the problem we're facing, I'm still determined to do everything I can.
Hence, why I'm doing this.
The Sierra Club is one of the preeminent environmental groups in the United States. They've been around for over 125 years, and are committed to protecting the earth and the life on it.
Glacier National Park, where I'm running this race, is one of the most beautiful parks in the country. It's also one of the ones being hit the hardest by climate change. The region of Montana that the park is in is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world, and the glaciers for which the park was named are melting.
We need to make big changes in our society that extend far beyond raising money for one half marathon if we want to fight climate change. But donating to the Sierra Club will make a difference in protecting places around the country so that we will all be able to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors for years to come.