To set the world running against the clock of the climate crisis, OCHA and its humanitarian partners launched #TheHumanRace – a global challenge for climate action in solidarity with people in countries most disaster prone and hardest hit by climate change.
The climate emergency is wreaking havoc around the world on a scale that people and humanitarian organizations on the front lines cannot handle.
Droughts, heat waves, raging forest fires and horrific floods disrupt the lives of millions of people. The news media are teeming with stories of people losing their homes, their livelihoods and their lives. And that’s just a glimpse of what lies ahead if we don’t take action on climate change. Hurry up.
#TheHumanRace takes place with the support of some of the biggest names in sport and in partnership with other UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, the Red Cross Movement and climate activists.
Hosted on the leading Strava exercise app, #TheHumanRace will challenge users around the world to run, bike, swim, walk or do any activity of their choice for 100 cumulative minutes between August 16 and August 31 in solidarity with the world’s most vulnerable people. Anyone who is unable to physically participate can also register to support our call to action through the campaign microsite.
#TheHumanRace culminates in World Humanitarian Day week on August 19. In the race against the climate crisis, no one should be left behind, including those who are already facing humanitarian crises. United Nations Secretary-General AntÃ³nio Guterres said: âThe climate emergency is a race that we are losing, but it is a race that we can winâ¦ put on our running shoes and win the climate race for all of us.
Brazilian ultramarathon athlete and environmental advocate Fernanda Maciel, one of the supporting athletes, said: âI am thrilled to be running for the most important goal of our lives: to save our planet and the people who live on it. . We run everyday, for ourselves. Why not run for something bigger? Everyone should join this campaign because we need compassion. It’s time to run together. “
Strava CEO Michael Horvath said: âWith more than 88 million athletes in 195 countries, the Strava community has the power to help find solutions to some of the world’s most critical problems. That’s why we invite athletes around the world to join this challenge to raise awareness about climate change and its disproportionate impact on marginalized communities.
Whether or not attendees register 100 minutes of activity, each entry will help carry our message to world leaders at the United Nations climate summit, COP26, in November: Solidarity begins with developed countries living up to their old promise. ten years of US $ 100 billion per year for climate change mitigation and adaptation in developing countries.
Athletes who support the campaign include:
Fernanda Maciel: The first woman to climb the entire Aconcagua mountain in Argentina, and a climate and environmental lawyer from Brazil.
Adenike Oladuso: Nigerian climate activist, eco-feminist and initiator of the Fridays for Future movement in Nigeria.
Francine Niyonsaba: Burundian runner. She was a silver medalist at the 2016 Olympic Games in the 800 meters.
Mitzi Jonelle Tan: Filipino climate justice activist. She lives in Metro Manila, Philippines.
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