Rode RAGE

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Rode RAGE

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Welcome to Rode RAGE "Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world... indeed its the only thing that ever has"........ Margaret Meade

Remarks by the President of the USA at the United Nations Climate Change Summit

“-- there’s one issue that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other, and that is the urgent and growing threat of a changing climate.”

“We are the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and the last generation that can do something about it.” "No nation is immune."

RODE Rage is a community group who race recumbent trikes to Ride Against Greenhouse Emissions in order to raise awareness for current and future issues affecting our environment. The team also endeavours to volunteer at events in our community.
Rode RAGE (Ride Against Greenhouse Emissions)
is for people who are good at, would like to learn more about or be actively involved with:

• Engineering / Cert II Bicycle Maintenance
• Physical Fitness / health
• Environmental / sustainability issues
• Social Justice / Fund Raising
• Web site design and maintenance
• Graphic Design
• Public Relations / Marketing
• Event Management
• Building & Construction or …
• Having an enormous amount of fun and making new friends

In September 2014, we rode one of our energy efficient bicycles from Ballarat Victoria to Port Douglas in Queensland. We rode to raise awareness about the clear and present dangers posed to one of Australia's greatest natural resources; the Great Barrier Reef from new fossil fuel projects as well as medium term threats from climate change.... as well as raising funds for nominated sustainable charities.

In January of 2013 and 2014 , we travelled through Thailand & Cambodia, volunteering at a local NGO and wildlife sanctuary. We physically lent a hand, and donated all the money we could raise. One of the goals of this trip was to highlight that whilst Australians (and particularly Australian teenagers) are the biggest per capita emitters of greenhouse gases in the world…it is not us that pay the penalty for our pollution. For people in the third world (and possibly our children) and wildlife, it is literally a daily matter of life and death.

Rode RAGE is not just an event group, we work throughout the year to design, build, test and race vehicles within detailed specifications and to create events which raise public awareness and charitable funds for sustainability programs. It requires a team effort & an across-the-curriculum approach.

The Human Powered Vehicles (HPV’s) and Hybrids we design and build are entered into several races including the World Solar Cycle Challenge, open aged community track events in the Victorian HPV Series and the Australian International Pedal Prix series in South Australia, the RACV Energy Breakthrough in Maryborough, Victoria and .... in 2014... the RACQ Technology Challenge in Maryborough Queensland.

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Climate

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National

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Australia

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Founding Year

January 2012

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Outback Rode Rage 2009

After 10 years of research and development, two world titles and on the back of the success of their 2008 Sydney-Ballarat Rode RAGE, the students from Damascus College ’s Energy Breakthrough Team think its time to stop talking about the problems of Global Warming and concentrate more on the solutions.

With the students having reached speeds of 115kph during their recent win in the World Future Cycle Challenge, Team organiser, Mark McLean says that they anticipate completing the challenge in 11 riding days and plan to be welcomed home on the steps of Parliament House Melbourne by Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Innovation Gavin Jennings and World Vision CEO Rev. Tim Costello.

Along the way the students will visit as many communities as possible to give out information as to the options that are easily available to ordinary people, groups and communities to reduce their greenhouse emissions. The team will broadcast a live web cast (our one day Sydney to Ballarat Rode RAGE in 2008 attracted over 220,000 individual hits from 63 different countries …we envisage 2009 being much bigger) from the bus and from inside the solar vehicle, have our position shown on google-map, and be able to send and receive e-mails via this website.

The event will also raise funds which will be donated to projects conducted by the Alternative Technology Association – International Projects Group, which provide sustainable energy solutions to communities in Timor who do not have access to the opportunities we have in Australia . To address the more immediate needs of hunger and poverty, and to draw the link between climate change and extreme poverty, funds will also be donated to Caritas and World Vision projects which provide sustainable solutions to assisting people to develop ongoing streams of income and/or food in Asia, Africa and Europe.

Thus we aim to make a real and immediate difference across 4 Continents as well as an indirect but just as real difference across the whole planet.

Through their experiences in the Energy Breakthrough Team, our members have become aware of a number of groups and organisations which offer affordable products which will give everybody the opportunity to become part of the solution to Global Warming as well as a variety of easy steps that can be taken every day, by every body in Australia and now we want to share our learning with as many people as possible, whilst simultaneously assisting people in our global village who do not have the same opportunities that we do.

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