20 schools in Coventry joined climate relay  - The Coventry Observer

20 schools in Coventry joined climate relay 

STUDENTS from more than 20 schools in Coventry joined in Running Out of Time round-Britain climate relay.

The third annual relay set off from Ben Nevis on June 6 and comprises 210 stages and visits to 80 different climate and nature projects, sports clubs, schools and festivals.

It aims to raise awareness on climate change – the baton has a message which calls for politicians to cut emissions and restore nature.

As well as running and cycling, participants are swimming, wakeboarding, rowing and paragliding with the baton and transporting it by cable car over the course of the relay.

On Monday June 17, Paralympian skier Anna Turney from Long Itchington, Warwickshire, took the baton downhill in Tamworth Snowdome with her daughter Sylvie and with Snow Buddies.

On Tuesday June 18, the relay started with a visit to the Streetly Academy in Sutton Coldfield before taking in The House Project scheme for care leavers, a schools sports session on the pitch at Coventry Rugby Club, and a Pupil Parliament gathering at Warwick University involving 90 Year 5 and 6 students.




Area activator for GoodGym in Coventry Laura Denham, who ran the stage from the Rugby Club to Warwick University, said: “It was a fantastic experience to come together with fellow like-minded individuals for the relay, running together to raise awareness and motivate change.

“GoodGym is a key partner in the relay and GoodGymers from all over the UK were actively participating.”


 

Matt Clayton, strategic lead for children in care, children with disabilities and care leavers at Coventry Council said: “We were delighted to host the climate relay in Coventry.

“The future of the planet is incredibly important to our children and young people and is one of the key priorities of Child Friendly Cov.

“It was amazing for pupils from over 20 schools as well as some of our care leavers to be involved in the relay. I was especially pleased to hear one of the children describe it as “the best day ever.”

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