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April 19/08 8:38 am - Ryan Leech 'Plays it Cool' With David Suzuki

Posted by Editoress on 04/19/08

Ryan Leech 'Plays it Cool' With David Suzuki
Courtesy Norco

First carbon-neutral pro-mountain biker

Ryan Leech has taken his role as an environmental advocate one step further this month by signing on the first professional mountain biker in the Suzuki Foundation's 'Play it Cool' program.

Play It Cool' is an innovative environmental program that teams high profile summer and winter athletes concerned about global warming with the David Suzuki Foundation. These athletes are committed to making changes in their lives to reduce their climate impact, and to inspiring others to do the same.

"I am working with the David Suzuki Foundation to distribute information at events, primarily encouraging people to take The Nature Challenge," wrote Ryan on his newly updated website (, "I distribute David Suzuki Foundation info to all the schools I visit for my Trials of Life presentation, and make reference to Global Warming in my speech."

What does Carbon Neutral mean for athletes such as Ryan?
Flying, driving, and heating buildings all produce polluting carbon emissions. These emissions create a heat trapping blanket in the atmosphere, which contributes to global warming.

Carbon neutral means having no net impact on the climate. The most important solution to global warming is for all of us to reduce the size of our carbon footprint - by driving less, flying less, and switching to renewable energy sources.

To learn more about Ryan's involvement in environmental advocacy check out:


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