Running Out of Time 2023
"Running Out of Time 2023" was Britain’s biggest sporting celebration of climate action and nature, which took place between June 10th and July 11th, 2023. Thousands of runners, walkers, wheelers and cyclists relayed a baton over 2600km from Ben Nevis to Big Ben to demonstrate togetherness, encourage collaboration and inspire more action NOW to reach net zero.
Carbon Copy worked with the organisers of Running Out of Time to highlight amazing examples of local climate action across Great Britain, including through co-hosting two exciting "Community & Climate Connect" events - in Edinburgh and Cardiff.
Edinburgh Community & Climate Connect
Carbon Copy and Edinburgh Communities Climate Action Network (ECAN) hosted “Edinburgh Community & Climate Connect” on June 14, 2023 as the "Running Out of Time" relay reached Scotland's capital. We gathered some of Edinburgh’s best eco-conscious voluntary organisations at this event which gave attendees the chance to meet them and find out more about how to get involved.
The event included an opportunity to learn more about “Running Out of Time 2023”, Britain's biggest sporting celebration of climate action and nature, and to have photos with the relay baton. It was kicked off by none other than Dr Heather “The Weather” Reid OBE, former BBC Scotland weather reporter.
Cardiff Community & Climate Connect
Carbon Copy and Green Squirrel hosted "Cardiff Community & Climate Connect" on July 3, 2023. We gathered some of Cardiff’s best eco-conscious voluntary organisations together to celebrate the amazing climate action happening in Wales' capital city.
The event also featured an inspiring keynote presentation by local artist, educator and climate justice campaigner Ophelia Dos Santos; as well as an opportunity to find out more about "Running Out of Time 2023" and to give the baton an amazing send off as it left on the next leg of the relay.
World’s Biggest Climate Relay
Carbon Copy teamed up with The World Relay as a principal partner, for the world’s longest ever non-stop relay, “Running Out Of Time”, held during October 2022. Over 7700km from Glasgow to COP27 in Egypt, highlighting the collective power and impact of local climate action projects to address a global crisis.
Inside the relay baton was a message, delivered by hand to world leaders, urging more support and resources to help people tackle the climate crisis where they live. It was signed by over 800,000 people.
Over 1.5 million people participated by running in one of the stages, signing the climate message or participating in the climate relay’s global schools action day.
Walk To COP26
A small but diverse team, including Carbon Copy co-founder Ric Casale, walked 800km in October 2021 from London to Glasgow, to highlight the vital role and impact of local climate action at COP26 and beyond.
On their 26-day journey, they had hundreds of conversations with people; showcased 200 high-impact, low-carbon initiatives from around the UK; and ran 8 inclusive town hall events across England and Scotland, convening businesses, local government, community groups and schools.
Their walk to COP26 had an estimated media reach of over 2 million.
Picture This: Great Exhibition
Environment presenter Atul Kumar co-hosted the launch in June 2021 of the UK’s first virtual photography exhibition celebrating local climate action, organised by Carbon Copy. In a gallery opening event of this great exhibition, he offered a sneak peak from the gallery and gave gala attendees an opportunity to hear some of the stories from the people behind them.
Unlocking Local Action
Community is the lens so often left out of the environmental discussion, but it’s vital in implementing lasting solutions. During national UK lockdowns in early 2021, Carbon Copy hosted "Unlocking Local Action", a mini-series of half-hour talks, hearing from guest speakers across the country about different ways to engage the broader community.
Feb 1, 2021
Energising Your Community
Wales. Grant Peisley, Director at Community Energy Wales and DEG explains how community energy programs unite people and have far-reaching benefits, beyond low-carbon electricity.
Feb 2, 2021
Creating A Coalition
Manchester. Using the example of an exciting new collaboration in the city, Stine discusses the impact of working together in coalition to engage the wider community on climate change and the environment.
Feb 3, 2021
Reducing Your Footprint
St Neots. This Cambridgeshire town is the focus of a ‘Neot Zero’ campaign to galvanise a collective response locally to climate change, Laura outlines the potential of using carbon footprinting software to measure shared goals and unite action.
Feb 4, 2021
Boosting The Local Economy
Orkney. By involving the local community and creating jobs, Gareth shares how ReFLEX's inclusive approach is helping create an island-wide, low-carbon system spanning heat, transport and electricity networks.
Carbon Copy events from 2020 are still available to watch online: please scroll down to view events from our Build Back Better series and the Cambridge Zero festival.
Nov 8, 2020
Carbon Copy and Community Pioneers
Our panel of local leaders talk community energy, food security, circular economy and the power of place-based action. Part of the Cambridge Zero Climate Change Festival 2020.
Jul 22, 2020
How Communities can Enable the Circular Economy
Our panel outlines realistic actionable steps that communities and organisations can take to support local circular economies.
Jul 15, 2020
Shining a Light: The Power of Communities
Listen to our panel discuss how community energy can be a powerful medium for delivering large-scale social change.
Jul 1, 2020
From A to B: Carbon Free
With an emphasis on active travel and public transport, our panel discusses the challenges and opportunities we face in reducing transport sector emissions.
Jun 24, 2020
Green Recovery: Transform Our Communities With Nature
Listen to our panel share their stories and experiences about transforming their communities by helping people reconnect to a greener environment and by adopting nature-based solutions.
Jun 17, 2020
Build Back Better: Accelerating Collaborative Local Climate Action
Our panel discusses how collaboration, participation and knowledge sharing can enable communities to build a better, greener, healthier and more sustainable society.