GAC UK staff and suppliers have begun a carbon emission-free relay to deliver Nature’s Baton to the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26).

The six-day UK leg of Relay4Nature by The Ocean Race left the GAC Pindar logistics headquarters in Southampton by road bike this morning, 25th October. Our amateur cyclists will take it, in turn, to carry Nature’s Baton on the 500-mile journey, finishing in Glasgow on Saturday 30th October.

The Baton is the symbol of The Ocean Race initiative which champions the ocean and calls leaders to take urgent action to protect nature. Within the Baton, we will carry our own pledge to go beyond, for people and planet.

Delivering Nature’s Baton to COP26 by a transport method powered by people highlights our commitment to reducing carbon emissions and improving the physical and mental wellbeing of our staff as it requires massive physical and mental effort from the riders.

The team will be supported throughout by Volvo Cars, providing backup hybrid electric safety vehicles.

Developed by The Ocean Race, the round-the-world sailing race known as the toughest test of a team in sport, and in collaboration with UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, Peter Thomson, Relay4Nature has three goals to

  • Give the ocean a voice on the world stage about the critical issues
    affecting the planet
  • Connect different but interconnected issues, including the climate and biodiversity crises, to drive a joined-up approach to tackle them
  • Gather messages from ministers, business leaders, royals, sailors, and ocean lovers to world leaders, calling for them to radically increase their action to support a healthy and productive ocean.

UK Relay Route
Monday 25th: GAC Pindar, Southampton – Oxford
Tuesday 26th: Oxford – Burton on Trent
Wednesday 27th: Burton – GAC Manchester
Thursday 28th: GAC Manchester – Windermere
Friday 29th: Windermere – Moffat
Saturday 30th – Moffat – Glasgow

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