In June 2012, Jamie and Kenny took a 6-week leisurely stroll on the backroads of Southeast Asia.
They rode bikes made out of bamboo from Khao Sok National Park, Thailand to Bali, Indonesia to raise awareness for conservation and sustainability in the region. Their ride was also an experiment to see if they bamboo bikes could make the journey. And they did!
In Thailand, they met communities involved in the protection of mangroves for tourism, they saw playgrounds made from recycled tires and they helped plant trees.
In Malaysia, they rode with a University group that had pulled their bicycles from landfills and refashioned them into useable and functional bikes and they met a group of Young Eco-Rangers that are educating local villages about the protection of their mangroves and sea grass beds.
In Singapore, they met incredibly enthusiastic citizens lobbying for safe bike paths along Singapore’s busy roads and they spoke with countless individuals that are very active in leading Singapore to a sustainable future.
In Indonesia, they met individuals improving their communities through micro-loan programs and developing a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle for folks in their villages.
But it does not end there! GREEN Riders inspired Dan, James, Kerry and Kenny to embark on a similar project in 2014!
In April 2014 GREEN Paddlers was born, inspired by GREEN Riders, their mission was to circumnavigate Phuket Island, Thailand in kayaks and raise awareness for marine conservation issues, environmental education and action for a sustainable future!
GREEN Paddlers worked with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, SEEK Phuket, Kamala Green Club and a myriad of other sponsors to make their journey happen!
And the adventure continues…. GREEN Paddlers Bali has been proposed for June 2015.
Kenny and his friend Alex are in the planning stages for yet another adventure to raise awareness for all the plastic pollution in Bali’s beaches and inspire local action for protection, education and conservation of Bali’s natural resources.
Stay tuned for updates and more information… the adventure continues!