The Big Bike Ride will see one man heading off on a 15,00km ride around Australia on a solar-powered electric bike. But there’s more purpose to this adventure than just the feeling of wind in his hair.
On a boat somewhere between Antarctica and Argentina, Josh Holliday had his mindset changed forever. Travelling with a bunch of scientists, he learned of the devastating effects of climate change and how his lifestyle of overseas travel was contributing to the cause.
Fast forward a few years and Josh is still planning big adventures. But the purpose behind them and his mode of transport, couldn’t be more different. On March 30th, Josh will set out north from Sydney on a 15,000km ride around Australia on a solar-powered electric bike. The Big Bike Ride. Along the way, Josh will be hosting events in local communities, to educate and support them in solutions-based thinking around climate change.
‘I’m so glad I had that wake up call when I was in Antarctica and I urge everyone to consider their environmental impacts when exploring and travelling in the future,’ Josh said.
Josh has teamed up with the friendly folks at YARN Australia, a social enterprise aimed at creating relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians, and the team that created 2040, a documentary about the solutions currently available to create a healthy future for our planet.
Together they’ll host screenings of 2040, and facilitate inclusive community discussion, that brings ancient Indigenous solutions to the forefront, and combines them with the modern technology solutions mentioned in the film.
‘I believe we need to acknowledge the ancient wisdom that Australia and its Indigenous people hold, as well as utilising best practice modern technologies,’ he said.
The first event of the tour is The Big Bike Ride Gala, happening in Sydney on February 28th to help support Josh’s crowdfunding campaign, which runs until March 2nd.
To support Josh on his journey, you can donate to his crowdfunding campaign.