CO2 Neutral Bicycle Journeys:
Green Horizons, Sublime Climate & Demo Eco M.O.
In 2007 I began what would become a series of "Carbon Neutral Journeys" traversing several states in North Eastern America. These journeys became not merely a gesture, but a ripple effect, my actions resounded. I was experiencing the effort involved in producing one's own power. My intention was not to proselytize, nor to make accusations. I was not promoting the bicycle as the sole mode of transportation, nor as a panacea to environmental ails. However, if people reconsider their options as autonomous capable, and responsible beings, the project is realized.
Journey #1: Journey to Green Horizons
The initial project was conceived for the environmental art exhibition, "Green Horizons" at Bates College in Maine. It was inspired by a sentence from the exhibition flyer announcing the show's intention to be "off the grid". I became intrigued by the possibility of traveling to Maine without producing carbon emissions. I researched various means of transport from New York City to Lewiston, Maine, and investigated how much CO2 would be produced along the way, were I to travel by plane, SUV, bicycling, walking, hybrid car, midsize car or bus. Since walking and bicycling turned out to be the two least environmentally harmful modes of travel, I chose to undertake the journey by bicycle. I commenced what could be perceived as a quixotical action where the journey is the art, the product is the process, and where slowness is the secret to a successful and mindful experiencing of the world around me. I performed an art action as a self-powered transport service. Upon arrival at Bates College I installed the bicycle and trailer (containing a tent, sleeping bag, emergency gear etc.), the video of the journey, and a chart drawn onto the wall, revealing the amount of CO2 that would have been emitted by the various modes of transportation.