Minnesota To D.C. Carbon Free  —  Intro

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Originally published on Medium.
by Leonardo Rapallin

A Father–Daughter Road Trip

Two Italian dads (Fede and Leo) and their two 5th grade climate activist daughters (Aryanna and Elena) are attempting a road trip from Minnesota to D.C. with an electric car.

They are on a mission to lobby Congress to take action on climate change. Are they going to succeed in making the trip carbon free? Follow their adventure in our coming pitstop articles!

Here’s the crew:

Fede, Leo, Elena, and Aryanna

Aryanna: I wanted to go to D.C. because I knew it would make a difference. After fundraising for organizations fighting climate change, I was ready to start talking to people who could make a difference. I am excited to bring my friend Elena along with me and I am happy that we get to go in an electric car because it’s carbon-free. We will play a lot of card-games, sudoku, eat snacks, sleep and play together.

Elena: Climate change is very important to me because it will affect my future. I think going to D.C. will help because we will talk to people who are capable of making a change. I will learn how to talk to crowds and important people, and I will have to be flexible and have a positive attitude. Another plus is that I will be with my best friend Aryanna and my dad is great friends with Federico!

Fede: When Aryanna asked me to go to D.C. to tell our lawmakers to take action on climate change, I jumped at the opportunity. The climate crisis will affect generations to come, and I wanted to do something to empower my daughter to be a change maker. Then I got the idea to ask my friend Leo to do it as a road trip in his electric car. So here we are, a road trip to D.C. baby!

Leo: My friend Fede got me into this. He was planning to go with his daughter Aryanna to D.C. and he came up with the idea to try to do it carbon-free. I loved the idea of a road trip and I loved the idea to try to do it with an electric car and prove it is possible. Yes, that’s the geeky side of me. And yes, at heart, I am an engineer.

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