In this episode of Slow Ride Stories, we talk to hip hop artist and urban farmer Decora Sandiford about life in the historic river town of Newburgh, N.Y. When it’s a struggle just to meet basic needs, he says, climate change can seem a little abstract: “There’s no polar ice caps in Newburgh.”

Erik Fyfe and Albert Thrower are traveling across the Northeast by motorcycle, talking with a wide range of people about their perceptions of climate change and experiences with extreme weather. Their aim is to spark conversations about the changing climate and collect local stories about how it may impact everyday Americans. Find all of the Slow Ride Stories here.