Round Britain Climate Challenge Documentary ‘Joanna Lumley and The Human Swan’ broadcast on ITV

Nov 1, 2021

  • ‘Joanna Lumley and The Human Swan’ documentary broadcast live on ITV on Monday 1 November at 9pm
  • Short film featuring projects visited during the challenge available on Conservation Without Borders YouTube channel
  • Conservation Without Borders will show The Round Britain Climate Challenge short film and a slide show of the expedition in the UNFCCC Action Hub of the COP26 Blue Zone at 4.30pm on the 11 November

The Round Britain Climate Challenge is an inspirational journey conceived by Sacha Dench, UN Ambassador, known as the Human Swan and founder of Conservation Without Borders. This circumnavigation of mainland Britain by electric paramotor was launched at the Glasgow Science Centre on the 18 June 2021. During the trip, Sacha and her team visited the Kelpies in Falkirk and spoke to expedition sponsors and our supporter Celtic Renewables before meeting members of Falkirk Council’s Sustainability team, apprentices taking part in the Fuel Change Challenge and local school children from Larbert High.

Meeting climate heroes across Britain

The trip was designed to inspire and excite the nation to get involved in tackling the climate crisis in the run up to COP26 through engaging with climate heroes all around the country. Sacha landed frequently, talked with, filmed, and gathered information from industry, innovators and entrepreneurs, local heroes, communities, schools, farmers and individuals – anybody involved in addressing the effects of climate change in their areas.

A key aim was to answer the question “Britain drove the Industrial Revolution, can we drive the Green Revolution too?”. As well as investigating how climate change is affecting different regions of the country, it also aimed to show – in a visually stunning and exciting way – what is happening to help cut carbon and preserve and restore our environment and discover likely and unlikely heroes coming up with answers to the climate crisis.

ITV documentary and Conservation Without Borders Showcase at COP26

ITV has produced a documentary about the expedition entitled “Joanna Lumley and the Human Swan”. It will be broadcast on ITV at 9pm on the 1 November. Climate action stories will also be available through the Conservation Without Borders website from the beginning of COP26. Both feature footage from Sacha’s time here in the Forth Valley. Conservation Without Borders is also exhibiting at COP26 and will be featuring many of their climate stories and heroes during the conference. They will be there on the following days:

COP 26 – the Green Zone, 8 and 10 November

  • Conservation Without Borders will exhibit an interactive multimedia map of climate stories from the Round Britain Climate Challenge in the Green Zone: Stand number C7 on the 8 November and Stand number C1 on the 10 November  On both days the short 25-minute film highlighting projects visited on the journey will be shown on the hour every hour.

COP 26 – the Blue Zone, 11 November

  • Conservation Without Borders will show The Round Britain Climate Challenge short film and a slide show of the expedition in the UNFCCC Action Hub of the Blue Zone at 4.30pm on the 11 November

Honouring the memory of Dan Burton

The Round Britain Climate Challenge was stopped after an accident just days away from the end of the expedition. Support paramotorist Dan Burton tragically died and Sacha remains injured in hospital. Their films are being shown in honour of Dan who contributed so much to this content and the expedition as a whole.

It is the wish of both Sacha, her family, Dan’s family and the broader Conservation without Borders family that we continue to share the positive actions that Sacha, Dan and the team discovered and filmed during the journey. Conservation Without Borders will continue to work to bring together and engage with people and decision makers to help mitigate against climate change and restore natural balances on our planet. For all of us here at the Forth Valley for Net Zero team, we want to play our part in honouring Dan’s memory by sharing the local stories and images that he filmed while on his visit to our area.

Visit YouTube to watch The Round Britain Climate Challenge: Discovering the Green Revolution

Find out more about Conservation Without Borders and how they are tackling climate change on their website.

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