The human swan
Countdown to the launch of the first Round Britain Climate Challenge by electric paramotor
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Published: 1 June 2021
This Article was Written by: Katie Hill - My Green Pod
Main image: Sacha Flying over the Russian tundra. Credit: Dan Burton
The Round Britain Climate Challenge – the first circumnavigation of mainland Britain by electric paramotor – will be launched at an event at the Glasgow Science Centre on 18 June 2021.
The paramotor will be flown by Sacha Dench, UN ambassador for Convention on Migratory Species and CMS and founder of Conservation Without Borders.
This groundbreaking expedition of over 3,000 miles will travel anti-clockwise around Britain, ending back in Glasgow around six weeks later.
Sacha will literally ‘take off’ from the Glasgow area on the expedition during the week commencing 21 June.
The unique expedition is designed to inspire and excite the nation to get involved in tackling the climate crisis in the run up to COP26.
Finding answers to the climate crisis
‘Human swan’ Sacha Dench, known for global expeditions with migratory species, turned her focus to climate change for this expedition after losing her family home in the Australian bushfires last year.
Sacha will be landing frequently and talking with, filming and gathering information from industry, innovators and entrepreneurs, local heroes, communities, schools, farmers and individuals – anybody involved in addressing the effects of climate change in their areas.
A compilation of these stories will be presented at COP26 in Glasgow in November.
Take part in a world record
Sacha will set a new Guinness World Record for the fastest (and first) flight around Britain in a paramotor. It will also be a first for an electric paramotor.
A second world record attempt is a mass public call to get at least 140,000 people to sign up to Count Us In, one of the world’s fastest-growing communities of people, organisations and platforms taking practical action on climate change.
On achieving the world record, every participant will be able to download their own Guinness World Record certificate saying they were part of it.
You can join Count Us In here.
‘Along with testing the capability of electric flight and challenging what we think is possible, I want to capture the imaginations of the young and old, rural and urban, and focus on answers to the climate crisis – not problems – and encourage everyone to get involved.
‘We’re trying to answer the question: Britain drove the Industrial Revolution, can we drive the Green Revolution too?
‘As well as investigating how climate change is affecting different regions of the country, we will be showing – in a visually stunning and exciting way – what is happing to help cut carbon and preserve and restore our environment. We’ll be finding the likely and unlikely heroes and discovering where and what works.’
Founder of Conservation Without Borders