Call for climate action as record-breaking relay travels through Wales

A baton containing a powerful climate change message from young people to world leaders has successfully passed through Wales on its journey from Glasgow to Egypt.

Keep Wales Tidy partnered with Running Out of Time to support the record-breaking relay and showcase inspiring climate action taking place here in Wales. Volunteers, trustees, and staff from Keep Wales Tidy laced up their trainers to help carry the baton across the country on 5 and 6 October.

Trustee Mike Leeson was first off the blocks for Keep Wales Tidy, charging through sheets of rain and over the demanding hills of Brecon to reach the changeover point in time.

Policy and Research Officer Joe Rees was next up, covering 10km with baton in hand as he ran from Llandovery Castle to Llangadog.

Project Officer Amy Hines bravely signed up to cover a night-time leg of the non-stop relay, travelling 13km from Cwmllynfell to Pontardawe through the early hours of a chilly morning.

A clear message from Eco-Schools pupils

Eco-Schools Officer Aimée Hallett took on a double leg of the relay, cycling an impressive 24km before safely handing the baton over to the next runner in Caerphilly.

Aimée was supported by pupils from Eco-School Ysgol Tonysguboriau, who cleared the relay route of litter and lined the route – litter pickers outstretched – as she passed.

“It felt incredibly special to be a part of the climate relay and to carry the baton containing extremely important message about tackling climate change. I was very proud to represent Keep Wales Tidy and Eco-Schools Wales at the event. The support from everyone, especially the fantastic pupils at Ysgol Tonysguboriau, really helped to spur my tiring legs along.”

Aimée Hallett
Eco-Schools Officer

During the litter pick, pupils shared thoughts on climate change and reflected on the message within the baton. Eco committee leader, Lilly, shared that she is happy that their school are doing regular litter picks but also felt a sense of disappointment that not enough people are caring for our planet.

Follow the relay on its journey to Egypt

We’re continuing to follow the relay as it travels to Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt (COP27 host) on 6 November.

To find out more about the all-important message from young people and to add your support, please visit running-out-of-time.com/

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