First circumnavigation of Britain by electric paramotor puts climate crisis in spotlight
This summer will see the first-ever circumnavigation attempt of mainland Britain with an electric paramotor – a daring expedition to spotlight the climate crisis in the run-up to November's United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow.
During the Round Britain Climate Challenge, Sacha Dench – UN Ambassador for Convention on Migratory Species and Founder of Conservation Without Borders – will travel anti-clockwise around Britain.
Weather permitting, Sacha will take off on her expedition from Loch Lomond on 21 June. The expedition will end in Glasgow around six weeks later.
The groundbreaking adventure covering over 3,000 miles aims aims to inspire and excite the nation to get involved in tackling climate breakdown.
'Human Swan' Sacha Dench – known for global expeditions with migratory species – turned her focus to climate change for the expedition after losing her family home in the Australian bushfires.
The biologist, conservationist and adventurer will be landing frequently during the adventure – talking with, filming, and gathering information from industry, innovators and entrepreneurs, local heroes, communities, schools, farmers and individuals who are involved in tackling the impacts of climate change.
A compilation of these stories will be presented at COP26 in Glasgow in November.
Sacha aims to set a new Guinness World Records Title for the fastest – and first – flight around Britain in a paramotor. It will also be a first for an electric paramotor.
A second Guinnes World Records Title attempt will aim to inspire at least 140,001 people to take personal climate action between 18 June and 17 July as part of the global campaign Count Us In (). On achieving this, every participant will get a badge recognising their contribution to setting a world record.
Sacha said: “This is the first time an electric paramotor will ever have been used in a long journey – and it's going to be an exciting challenge.
"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. Every person pledging to take an action through Count Us In will help us get that second Guineess World Record 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.”
Count Us In is a global community of people and organisations taking practical steps to protect what they love from climate change before it's too late.
Count Us In's mission over the next decade is to inspire 1 billion people to significantly reduce their carbon pollution and challenge leaders to act boldly to deliver global systems change. It brings together sport, faith, business, youth and civil society. Find out more and take a step on .
Sacha's progress during the expedition will be tracked online at .
Sponsors and supporters include:
EDF, Mastercard, Britishvolt, Vauxhall Ltd / Stellantis , Ridge & Partners LLP, Rix & Kay, Brit Insurance, The Eden Project, Celtic Renewables, Don't Cry Wolf, Garland Partners Ltd (Live U), Finisterre, Outdoor Revolution, Autonomous IOT, Zero Waste Scotland, Kreston Reeve Accountants, Johnston's of Elgin, Outdoor Revolution, Treharne Automotive Engineering, EcoSecurities, Scarlet Hotel, SkyDemon, Eco Attractions, Martin Valenti, Zero-Six-Zero, Dudek, Parajet, The Climate Coalition, Race To Zero, Count Us in, The Green Alliance, Re-wilding Britain, the Scouts, the Scientific Exploration Society, The Nature Friendly Farming Network, Plug In Adventures, Helix, Johnstons Carmichael, UN Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species