Pedaling a Revolution. The journey of becoming an activist on two wheels. From the singletrack of Colorado to the mountains of Afghanistan, Shannon intertwined her work in human rights with her passion for mountain biking into advocacy for Afghanistan’s women’s first right to ride movement. A sexual assault survivor and a mother, a decade of work in a war torn country taught her to trust in the power of voice and storytelling to combat apathy and cynicism and create change where it matters most, at a community level. Now Shannon is mentoring her daughter in activism and storytelling with their wildlife conservation project, Endangered Activism in hopes of inspiring the next generation of conservationists.
National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and global activist, Shannon Galpin, is the founder of women’s rights non-profit, Mountain2Mountain, art-as-activism group Combat Apathy, and co-founder of the wildlife conservation organization Endangered Activism. Shannon worked for a decade on women’s rights projects in Afghanistan. In 2009 she became the first person to mountain bike in Afghanistan, she supported and trained the first Afghan Women’s National Cycling team and helped build and support the burgeoning right to ride movement in Afghanistan. Shannon is the author of two books, her memoir, Mountain to Mountain: A Journey of Adventure and Activism for the Women of Afghanistan, and a photography book Streets of Afghanistan. She is the producer of the documentary film, Afghan Cycles. The International Olympic Committee awarded Shannon an Honorary Achievement Diploma in 2015 for her work promoting gender equity through sports. A passionate believer in public art as activism, Shannon created the groundbreaking streetart installation, Streets of Afghanistan in 2011, and recently launched the streetart project #WhatWeLose in Paris and Oxford, England. Shannon is a sexual assault survivor and TBI survivor. Shannon is a Fellow with the Explorer’s Club.