140,000 signatures needed to break climate change Guiness World Record – have you signed it yet?

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Photo credit: Jane_Kelly - Getty Images

Adventurer and environmental activist, Sacha Dench, is about to attempt two Guinness World Records and you can help her. Firstly, Sacha is attempting to fly around Britain on an electric paramotor – a journey which has cemented her status as 'The Human Swan.' Secondly, Sacha is hoping to break the record for the most people pledging climate action in one month – and that's where you come in.

Sacha is calling for at least 140,000 people to sign up to CountUsIn, a global carbon initiative, in one month. If this is achieved, everyone who took part will be able to download their own Climate Champion 'badge' to add to social media channels and email signatures. Participants have until 17th July to sign up.

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Sacha first gained her 'swan' status and became well-known after she followed a flock of Bewick swans from Arctic Russia to the UK, in 2016, on her electric paramotor. But after losing her family home in the Australian bushfires of 2020, Sacha has turned her adventurous attention to climate change and wants to use her flying machine to raise awareness.

Photo credit: Dan Burton
Photo credit: Dan Burton

It’s hoped that her 3,000-mile electric paramotor expedition around the UK will inspire the nation to get involved in tackling the climate crisis in the run up to COP26 in Glasgow this November. Throughout the journey, Sacha will touch down to meet ‘climate heroes’ working to help Britain reach Net Zero by 2050 – from school-age activists to farmers embracing rewilding to industry innovators working on cutting-edge climate change solutions.

Photo credit: Conservation-Without-Borders.org
Photo credit: Conservation-Without-Borders.org

Sacha hopes to set a new Guinness World Record for the fastest, and first, flight around Britain in a paramotor. She took off on June 26th from Glasgow, flying anti-clockwise around the coast – and will finish in Glasgow in around six weeks.

Anyone can follow the expedition on Instagram, Facebook– and by visiting the Conservation Without Borders website, where you can track Sacha’s progress on a live map. A compilation of the stories discovered will also be presented at the COP26 climate conference.

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