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Finish Line: Run for a Safe Climate

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on November 23rd, 2009

Source: Climate Action Calendar


Run for a Safe Climate is a unique and powerful project aimed at protecting life, property and the great natural icons of our country from a slide towards catastrophic global warming.  The run is being performed by active and serving members of Australia’s emergency services– firefighters, paramedics, police, military and emergency services workers – many of whom were directly exposed to recent climate-driven disasters in Australia such as the 2009 Victorian bush fires.

Our running group feels very strongly that global warming presents an unprecedented threat to our food bowls, cities, water, health, security and great natural icons, and has become motivated to run 6000 kilometres across Australia to raise money for an essential scenario and risk-management planning exercise for Australia — the Safe Climate Australia Transition Plan.  A team of 25 trained runners from the various emergency services will run in a relay over 6000 kilometres to link Australia’s unique, world-renowned natural icons, most of which will be devastated if atmospheric greenhouse gas levels are not brought back to a safe climate threshold. We will also visit some of the great climate solutions that are the key to a low-carbon and clean-energy future – solar thermal and wind plants, geothermal and clean marine-derived energy sources and research facilities.

The run will aim to communicate simply and powerfully, and resonate on a number of levels with the Australian community in terms of the urgent need to take strong action to address the risk of global warming.  At every stage of the run the local community is important to us. There will be a community event almost every night, in which we will look to engage local and state government members, the local emergency services, sports clubs, service clubs and other community organisations, the local business community, environment groups, indigenous communities, agricultural groups, universities and schools to participate. At each of these events we plan to have a public forum to talk about global warming risks and solutions and present the perspectives of the scientists and emergency services. These events will be designed to be fun, inclusive, apolitical, solutions-focused and science-based.

Celebrate the finish, Sunday 29 November,  Melbourne.

There are rare moments in our lives when we have an opportunity to celebrate extraordinary feats. In Melbourne on 29 November, our team of 25 emergency service workers will take the final steps of their 6000km Run for a Safe Climate.  Welcome the runners home, from the hot tropics of Far North Queensland, along the Emerald Coast past coal and solar country, through the Alps and to the Coorong Lakes of South Australia, back along the coastline through the Black Saturday fire affected towns to finish at St. Kilda.  They will come to the finish line with the stories of countless communities, eminent climate scientists and the personal stories of such a massive running feat.  Join us in celebrating their feat!

1.30–3pm St Kilda Sea Baths Beach, Melbourne as the runners cross the finish line (near cnr Jacka Blvd and Pier Rd), or

1.30pm Port Melbourne beach to join the runners for the last 4 kilometres of their run. Assemble by 1.15pm (corner Beach and Bay Streets)

Free to the public. Please RSVP and let us know you are attending or running.  Visit Run for A Safe Climate for more information.

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