Graham Martin-Poteet


Graham first really hit it off with biking his sophomore year of college. Since then, he has gotten rid of his car in favor of a bike. His longest ride to date was a 6-day solo ride of the C&O Canal, totaling 360 miles. Graham is excited to cycle across the country. On a bicycle, he feels connected to the environment and the people around him. With the wind in his face and natural beauty all around him, he feels truly alive. In Graham’s mind, Gear Up for a Greener Earth is about good friends, rewarding adventure, and the greater good. As long as he is with his friends and is traveling through natural beauty, he could be biking anywhere.

Graham is a staff member of the Outdoor Adventure Club at St. Mary’s and is an avid backpacker. He works in the St. Mary’s bike shop as a mechanic and is a member of the Environmental Protection Committee at SMCM. He is a double major in Philosophy and Asian Studies and a double minor in Environmental studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. As a St. Mary’s campus community farm manager he is an advocate for sustainable agriculture. Graham is ecstatic to finish his college career on such a high note of adventure with the best of friends.

“The children and nature movement is fueled by this fundamental idea: the child in nature is an endangered species, and the health of children and the health of the Earth are inseparable”

– Richard Louv

Graham began to develop a love for the environment at the age of seven when he started to attend Quaker school. One of the six principles of Quakerism is stewardship for the environment, and this tenet heavily influenced him as he grew up. From elementary school to high school he attended a Baltimore Yearly Meeting (BYM) Quaker Camp and spent up to three weeks hiking and canoeing in the Appalachian woods. This is when Graham truly found his passion for the natural world and realized that we all have a duty to protect this community we are a part of. He has worked at a BYM camp for the past five summers and has led over 20 trips. In college, Graham continued his environmental education by taking many classes with a focus on the natural world. To reduce his carbon footprint he became a vegan, after eight years of vegetarianism, and joined the Vegetarian Food Cooperative on campus. He is happy that by biking across the country he will be helping to invoke a positive change in the world. Graham and his companions will be cycling through the environment and building a deep connection to their natural surroundings. He is so glad that the trip will not only form this bond but also aid in saving the environment he travels through.