The California Climate Expedition is an annual bicycle journey led by Center for Climate Science director Alex Hall and our partners at OnePulse. Each journey explores climate change impacts and solutions first-hand and raises funds for a critical area of climate-related research.
Our 2020 California Climate Expedition is open for sign-ups!
We’re excited to announce we’re riding out again on June 14, 2020! This year, we’ll start in San Diego and enjoy a circuitous route to Los Angeles, taking a deep-dive look at climate change and wildfire as we go. We’re still developing our route and educational experiences, but we know we’ll wind up in LA on June 21, and we estimate we’ll average about 50 miles a day on our riding days, with 1–2 resting/learning days along the route. Funds raised will support groundbreaking work we’re doing to understand the future of fire in Southern California — and how we can prepare. Learn more and sign up here.
All about our 2019 Expedition
In June 2019, when we embarked on our inaugural California Climate Expedition, we knew we would cover a lot of miles — 550 from Oakland to Los Angeles. We knew the hills would be tough but the scenery completely rewarding. And we knew that we would help our riders learn a lot along the way about how climate change is affecting California and what our innovative researchers, planners, and community and business leaders are doing about it.
But we didn’t know the experience would change us.
Our expedition team was a diverse crew of curious explorers: We were researchers and educators; undergraduate students in science, social science, and the humanities; recent graduates embarking on professional life; and professionals on the cusp of big career changes. We even had a high school student who had already written his own book on climate change. Many of us were novice riders, and over our two weeks together we bonded as a team, helping each other through the physical and technical challenges of a long cycling journey.
We connected on a personal and intellectual level, too, as we met with and learned from experts in climate science, resource management, policy, economics, and other dimensions of sustainability — and as we shared our personal experiences with the issues we were confronting.
For those of us who work at the Center, the Expedition renewed our faith in people — their insight, ingenuity, and bravery — as the solution to our climate crisis. And it reaffirmed our commitment to doing work that’s not only scientifically cutting-edge but also deeply relevant to the specific questions that our communities are facing.
For our riders, the Expedition was more than an immersive learning experience — it was a chance to build community with other people who care deeply about our climate future. And it was a way to pitch in and make a difference. Together, our riders and donors raised more than $35,000 in funds that we at the Center are using to improve the sustainability of water resources management in the greater Los Angeles area given climate change.
We are so deeply grateful to OnePulse, to our riders, to the experts who gave us our time, and to the donors who supported us along the way.
We’ll share a few pictures below. For more details about the Expedition’s route and our learning experiences, check out our Instagram archive.
Photos by Eric McQuesten