australians running for a safe climate
This November, twenty-five emergency services personnel will run 6000km down the east coast of Australia, to draw attention to the dangers of climate change and to raise funds for the development of a safe climate plan for Australia.
The Run will raise awareness and funds for not-for-profit group Safe Climate Australia, which is preparing a low carbon transition plan for Australia.
The running group of police, fire-fighters, paramedics, SES and military personnel will pass through capital cities, regional centres and rural towns, engaging with all levels of these communities. They will stop at key natural and agricultural assets under threat, such as the Daintree Rainforest, Great Barrier Reef and Murray Darling food bowl, while also highlighting large scale climate change solutions, including solar power, geothermal, wind energy and biochar projects.
Acting Sergeant Matt Astill of the Force Response Unit spoke of his involvement: “The Run for a Safe Climate is an Australian wake up call. We are alerting the nation to the rapid changes needed to reduce emissions and help protect our communities.”
The route starts in Cooktown on Monday 2 November and will travel the coast down to Cairns, stopping at important landmarks and towns including Townsville, Brisbane, Sydney and Canberra. It will ascend to the top of Mt Kosciusko in the Australian Alps before tracking the entire length of the Murray River, west to Adelaide and the Coorong. The final leg to Melbourne will stop at the towns most affected by last summer’s devastating fires and will finish on Sunday 29 November with a community fun-run along the last two kilometers to finish at St Kilda beach.
The run has been timed to coincide with the eve of the Copenhagen United Nations Climate Change Conference in December and aims to highlight the impacts of, and solutions to, global warming in a way that is relevant to all Australians. Victoria Police Senior Constable Matt Eeles said: “The Run provides a unique opportunity to bring awareness to the issues involving climate change and to raise funds for Safe Climate Australia to build a comprehensive solutions framework to protect Australia from global warming and to preserve our agriculture, cities, coasts and our beautiful environment for future generations.”