The launch of Relay4Nature marks the beginning of an thrilling new collaborative program forward of this yr’s main international environmental and ocean summits and the initiative of The Ocean Race, Relay4Nature will contain a baton passing from crew to crew, shining a highlight on ocean leaders, innovators, and advocates.
Ambassador Peter Thomson UN Secretary Generals Particular Envoy for the Ocean holds aloft the Relay4Nature baton after receiving it on the Nationwide Maritime Museum in Greenwich London.
Relay4Nature is the product of two years of collaborative work between Richard Brisius, Chairman of The Ocean Race and Ambassador Peter Thomson, United Nations Secretary-Common’s Particular Envoy for the Ocean.
Relay4Nature will join a worldwide group of ocean advocates, giving them a platform to petition for a brand new and respectful relationship with nature.
They are going to be inspired to contribute messages encouraging a dedication to the ocean, highlighting the globally shared accountability to guard marine ecosystems. The messages will act as a name to motion to induce world leaders to unite for stronger ocean governance, primarily based on science and stewardship, for future generations.
The Relay4Nature baton was introduced to Ambassador Thomson on the Nationwide Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London on 30 April and can proceed its journey with collaborating groups within the Prologue Race and The Ocean Race Europe. The bespoke baton has been created by the visible artist Tania Kovats, whose work focuses on how artwork can deal with environmental challenges.
The baton will first cross to the European Commissioner, Virginijus Sinkevičius, in Klaipėda, Lithuania on seventh Might 2021.
The Commissioner will cross the baton to the skipper of Ambersail-2, Rokas Milevičius, to start its passage between groups in Prologue Race, which stops in Gdynia, Poland and Stockholm, Sweden earlier than being a part of The Ocean Race Europe. The latter will begin in Lorient, France and go to Portugal and Spain earlier than ending in Genoa, Italy in mid-June.
From there, the baton and its collected messages will then be delivered to COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021.
Relay4Nature will proceed through the coaching, hospitality and racing applications as groups put together for the subsequent version of The Ocean Race, which is able to begin in October 2022. Groups shall be inspired to interact with their key stakeholders, sponsors, host ports and affiliated organisations, contributing messages to Relay4Nature earlier than passing the baton on to the subsequent crew.
“Relay4Nature is a good initiative,” Ambassador Thomson stated. “The fundamental idea is to underline the inseparable hyperlink between the upcoming biodiversity, environmental and oceans conferences, with explicit emphasis on COP26 in Glasgow. It brings all of the difficult pleasure and endurance of ocean racing to the method of reworking our world to web zero carbon by 2050.”
“The ambition is to make sure connectivity in order that whether or not you’re from a biodiversity or local weather group, we have to work collectively to guard the ocean’s wellbeing.
“Via Relay4Nature, we need to convey this message from convention to convention, to underline we’ve got one widespread drawback, which is the profligacy of our greenhouse fuel emissions.
“A wholesome ocean is prime to life on Earth. It’s our life assist system, producing over half of the planet’s oxygen and offering meals for billions of individuals. The ocean additionally performs a massively necessary position in local weather regulation.
Because the starting of the Industrial Revolution, it has absorbed greater than 90% of the surplus warmth brought on by human influence. Nonetheless, regardless of being the biggest habitat on earth and producing some 50% of the world’s biosphere, the ocean nonetheless receives far too little consideration from world leaders,” he concludes.
Richard Brisius, Chairman of The Ocean Race, feedback: “By utilizing our sport, we goal to focus on that world leaders should strike a good deal for individuals and planet and emphasise that the ocean and local weather nexus must be on the high of their agenda.”
“Via the messages our groups will gather as they cross on the baton, we’re asking world leaders to unite for efficient, complete and collaborative international ocean governance, inserting nature, human and ocean rights on the centre of coverage and motion.”
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