To move the world against the clock of the climate crisis, OCHA and humanitarian partners have launched #TheHumanRace – a global challenge for climate protection in solidarity with the people in the most disaster-prone countries in the world and the countries most affected by climate change.
The climate emergency is wreaking havoc around the world on a scale that frontline people and humanitarian organizations cannot tackle.
Droughts, heat waves, raging forest fires and terrible floods shake the lives of millions of people. The news media is filled with stories of people who have lost their homes, livelihoods and lives. And this is just a little taste of what lies ahead if we don’t act against climate change. Time is running out.
#TheHumanRace takes place with the support of some of the biggest names in the sport and in partnership with other UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, the Red Cross movement and climate activists.
#TheHumanRace is hosted on the leading training app Strava and challenges users around the world between the ages of 16. Those unable to physically participate can also register through the campaign microsite to support our call-to-action.
#TheHumanRace culminates in the week of World Humanitarian Aid Day on August 19th. Nobody should be left behind in the race against the climate crisis, not even those who are already in humanitarian crisis. United Nations Secretary General AntÃ³nio Guterres said: “The climate emergency is a race we lose, but it is a race we can win … let’s lace up 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 look forward to running for the most important goal of our life: saving our planet and the people that live on it. We run every day, 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 over 88 million athletes in 195 countries, the Strava community has the power to find solutions to some of the world’s most critical problems. That is why we invite athletes everywhere to join this challenge to raise awareness of climate change and its disproportionate effects on marginalized communities. “
Regardless of whether attendees log 100 minutes of activity or not, every registration will help get our message across to world leaders at the UN Climate Change Summit COP26 in November: Solidarity begins with the industrialized countries making their decades-old promise of Redeem 100 billion US dollars annually for climate protection and adaptation in developing countries.
The athletes who support the campaign include:
Fernanda Maciel: The first woman to climb all of Mount Aconcagua in Argentina and a climate and environmental advocate from Brazil.
Adenike Oladuso: A Nigerian climate activist, ecofeminist and initiator of the Fridays for Future movement in Nigeria.
Francine Niyonsaba: Burundian runner. She is the 2016 Olympic silver medalist over 800 meters.
Mitzi Jonelle Tan: Filipino Climate Justice Activist. She lives in Metro Manila, Philippines.
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