This Woman Is Biking Across the World to Collect Stories of Climate Change

The 23-year-old American wears signs that say things like “tell me a story about climate change” as she bikes through the United States, Fiji, Tuvalu, New Zealand, and Australia, in the hope of getting people to speak up about how climate change affects their daily lives.

Devi Lockwood's journey began with the People's Climate March in New York City in 2014. Her goal is to collect 1001 stories from the people she meets on her bicycle travels about water and climate change.

To date, she has collected just shy of 450 stories (audio recordings) in the USA, Fiji, Tuvalu, New Zealand, and Australia.

She chose the number 1,001 as a nod to Arabian Nights.

"There's something very magical and special about the number 1,001."
- Devi told Mashable

Lockwood is currently based in New Zealand, where she is taking a break from her journey to relax and to write a book proposal.

Her plan down the line is to make a map on a website where you can click on a location and listen to a story about climate change someone has told her from that place.

Devi's inspiring story reminds us of another young women Morgan Curtis, who in 2015 embarked on a six-month, ten country climate journey to the COP21 in Paris.

Devi recently spoke with Mashable Australia about the journey and where she will find the final 551 stories.

"People ask me when are you coming back to the States, or what's next, and I don't know the answer to either of those questions ... I think it will either be Southeast Asia or the Americas. It depends on where I can get a boat with my bike to next.
- Devi Lockwood

Her future travels depend on her ability to get a boat to carry her and her bicycle across continents, as she is trying to reduce her carbon footprint by not flying.

We're so inspired by Devi and look forward to seeing what's next for her.

All Images: One Bike One Year

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