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9/7/2017 Rep. Lancia welcomes cyclist from India on American leg of world tour to promote climate change reform
STATE HOUSE — On Wednesday, September 6, 2017, Rep. Robert B. Lancia (R-Dist. 16, Cranston) welcomed Abhisek Kumar Sharma, a 28-year-old resident of India, to the State House to hear of his adventures as he bikes the globe to promote awareness of climate change and peace.

“This is an amazing young man,” said Representative Lancia. “I’m always honored when somebody who is doing something to make a difference on such a huge scale comes to visit.”

The United States is the 40th country to be visited by Abhisek — and he’s not even halfway through. From Rhode Island, he will head to New York, then down the East Coast before heading to California then on to Mexico and South America. When he’s done, he will have visited 90 countries and cycled over 60,000 miles.

In the House Minority office at the State House, Representative Lancia spoke to Abhisek of the initiatives Rhode Island has taken to promote renewable energy, including the state’s commitment to solar and wind energy. At the meeting was Dr. Amrut Patel, who is president of the India Association of Rhode Island and a friend of Representative Lancia.

Abhisek chose a bicycle tour to spread the word about climate change, which he says he has witnessed in every country he has toured, because he wanted to also promote the importance of bicycling to live a happier and healthier life. He is also garnering support for his Global Eco Village project which he founded and will complete after 2020. For more information, visit

For more information, contact:
Raina C. Smith, House Minority Office
State House Room 106
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2259