Climate action relay coming through Bristol, South Glos & B&NES tonight

The launch in Glasgow         Picture: Hamish Frost

The longest relay ever attempted – which will be crossing 18 countries in the lead-up to the COP27 climate summit – is coming through Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset tonight.

Running Out of Time is delivering a message from young people to the decision-makers at COP27.

Thousands of runners, cyclists and sailors are taking part in the epic 7,767 km non-stop relay from Scotland to Egypt.

It began in Glasgow, which hosted COP26, last Friday and is journeying through the UK, then going to France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Cyprus, Israel and finally Egypt,  where it is due to arrive in Sharm el-Sheikh in time for the start of COP27 on Sunday 6th November.

Stage 127 is due to set off from St Mary’s Church in Almondsbury at 7.05pm tonight heading for Tesco Express in Bishopston; Stage 128 is from there to Black and Green Ambassadors near Bristol Cathedral, while Stage 129 goes on to Windmill Hill City Farm. Stage 130 takes the baton to Ecologi HQ near Temple Meads Station from where it will be carried on Stage 131 for the nine-mile journey to Bitton Station via Brislington, Crews Hole, up Troopers Hill Road to the A431 and then through Hanham, Longwell Green and Willsbridge.

Scheduled to arrive at Avon Valley Railway at Bitton at 10.10pm, the baton will be passed on for the journey along the Bristol & Bath Railway Path to the Botanical Gardens in Bath.

The message in the baton demands quality climate education for all so that people have the skills, knowledge and opportunities to build sustainable, climate resilient communities.

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