Glasgow hosts starting point for 7,000km non-stop Cop27 baton relay


Lasgow will be the starting point for the world’s longest non-stop relay ever attempted as it hands over hosting duties for Cop27 to Egypt after hosting Cop 26 last year.

Thousands of runners, cyclists and sailors will work together to pass a baton from Glasgow over 7,000km to Sharm el-Sheikh as part of Running Out of Time.

Starting on Friday on the Glasgow Green, around 2,000 students from across the city will join the organizers for a 2km run around the Green.

The baton’s message is read by a student from Sunnyside Primary School before it is sealed in the baton as the 7,767km journey to Sharm el-Sheikh begins.

The staff is expected to take 38 days to reach Sharm el-Sheikh and the journey will be made in 732 stages of around 10km each.

The wand, designed by Glasgow-based firm 4c Design, will travel by land and sea to 18 countries including Scotland, Wales, England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Slovenia and Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Cyprus and Israel before arriving in Egypt.

En route through Scotland, the staff will visit special projects such as the Glasgow Food Policy Partnership and the Tarras Valley Nature Reserve in Langholm, Dumfries and Galloway.

Glasgow City Council leader, Councilor Susan Aitken, said: “Cop26 has made it clear how dire the situation is on our planet and that collective and accelerated action is the only option to save humanity from a global catastrophe.

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“While nation states are making pledges, it is cities like Glasgow that need to achieve a low carbon and climate resilient future and be at the center of future policies and actions.

“Now we must keep up the pressure on world leaders and governments to ensure the commitments of the Glasgow Climate Pact are met.

“I am confident that the message contained in the baton will continue to convey the strength of feeling that we saw here in Glasgow last year.

“Being part of the Cop27 Running Out of Time season is another opportunity for Glaswegians to make their voices heard and show their ongoing commitment to the fight against climate change.”

Running Out of Time co-founder Jamie Hay said: “This is our most important mission to date. With so much support, our aim is to deliver a powerful message to Cop27 decision makers that is impossible to ignore if we are to hope to ensure the transition to a safe climate future.

“Running Out of Time symbolizes the essence of climate action – it is an extraordinary, bold, ambitious plan that will only succeed because everyone has worked together. I know we can do it.”