POSTED: Friday, June 21, 2013 - 4:30pm
UPDATED: Friday, June 21, 2013 - 4:34pm
LAFAYETTE, LA (NBC33) — Six young adults from across the U.S. passed through Lafayette on their big trip from New Orleans to Houston, TX. They're riding bicycles for the RIDE for the Future program.
The group of people helped plant different plants and vegetables in St. Joseph's Diner's garden. They are trying to draw attention to climate change, and amplify the voices of the communities that are affected by the fossil fuel industry on the Gulf Coast.
"The discussion needs to happen, and it needs to continue between people who depend on oil and gas for their livelihood and the oil and gas industry itself, and those looking to move beyond fossil fuels," says Kaela Bamberger, member of RIDE for the Future program.
The group is staying at community churches along their way, using only their bicycles to travel to each of their destinations. Their journey will end in Houston, Texas. They say its symbolic since Houston is a hub for the oil and gas industry on the Gulf Coast.
Their journey began May 20 and will end July 30.