The summer, Erik Fyfe and Albert Thrower are traveling across the Northeast by motorcycle, talking with a wide range of people whose livelihoods have been influenced by climate change. Their aim is to spark conversations about climate change and collect stories about its impacts on small-town America.

In this episode of Slow Ride Stories, Erik and Albert talk to the crew of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater — a historic, educational ship — who teach school kids about climate change — or try to, anyway. Turns out it’s something of a (ahem) hot topic.

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Watch episode two , in which Albert gets a haircut and the guys talk to a truck driver describes a recent storm that destroyed a historic building in his hometown of Haverstraw, N.Y. “Hundred-year floods? We’ve had three of those this year,” he says.

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