The Human Swan returns to Scotland on the Round Britain Climate Challenge

Sep 3, 2021

Sasha Dench will be talking with the climate heroes in Falkirk tackling climate change and flying over the Kelpies

Sacha Dench – the Human Swan – has crossed the border into Scotland as part of a world record breaking challenge aimed at raising awareness about the effects of climate change. She has been flying an electric paramotor – a bit like an electric fan with a large sheet above her – all the way around Britain as part of the Round Britain Climate Challenge. This will gain her a Guinness World Record for the greatest distance flown by electric paramotor in a 30-day period.

Sacha turned her attention to climate change after her family lost their home in the Australian bushfires. The expedition is designed to inspire and excite the nation to get involved in tackling the climate crisis.

Sacha started this amazing expedition just outside Glasgow back in June and has now travelled through the Lake District, around Wales, the West Country, Devon and Cornwall along the south coast, up the east coast and is arriving in the Edinburgh area on Friday 3rd September on her way back to Glasgow via Orkney.

She has been stopping frequently, talking with, filming, and gathering information from, industry, innovators and entrepreneurs, local heroes, communities, schools, farmers and individuals – anybody interested in or involved in addressing the effects of climate change in their areas. A compilation of these stories will be presented at COP26 the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow in November.

Arriving back in Scotland Sacha and the team will visit the Helix Park and Kelpies to talk with Martin Tangney OBE, Founder of Celtic Renewables and supporter of Forth Valley for Net Zero, local MSP Gillian McKee (MSP), Linlith-Go-Solar, Climate Conscious Entrepreneurs Edinburgh and Fuel Change apprentices and pupils from Larbert High School to talk about their My Carbon Zero Project.

On her journey Sacha is also calling on people to sign up to Count Us In. This is a campaign to inspire people to take personal climate action in a month as part of a global effort https://www.count-us-in.org/

Sacha said:
“I am delighted to be back in Scotland. I am meeting people who are truly focused on answers to the climate crisis – not problems – and as such are inspirations to all.

We’re trying to answer the question – We drove the Industrial Revolution, can we drive the Green Revolution too? – As part of this expedition, we have been investigating how climate change is affecting different regions of the country and showing – in a visually stunning and exciting way – what is happing to help cut carbon and preserve and restore our environment.”

Professor Martin Tangney OBE, Founder of Celtic Renewables said:

“We are thrilled to have hosted Sacha here at Celtic Renewables as part of this ambitious round Britain Climate Challenge. In our view, COP26 must move us from justifying “why” we need to tackle climate change to determining “how”, and Sacha’s expedition shining a spotlight on the people and initiatives helping us achieve Net Zero, is helping set this direction of travel.

We believe we are part of the Net Zero future, and in bringing our first plant into operation we will show that low-carbon biotechnology can be both commercially and environmentally sustainable. Celtic Renewables is part of a global bio-based economy and our patented technology can and will play an important role in achieving Net Zero across the world.”

Councillor Cecil Meiklejohn commented:
“We are honoured that Sacha is visiting our world famous Kelpies. Falkirk Council are committed to working towards Net Zero by 2030 and are a

key partner in the recently launched Forth Valley for Net Zero campaign, an initiative which brings public and private sectors together and will highlight all the great initiatives by businesses, educational establishments and our local communities to help us achieve this target.”

You can follow the expedition and Sacha’s progress here www.climatechallenge.live. Or take a look at the expedition team YouTube channel for the latest news: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKLBGx4T8qjgrXPZTHCuqgA

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