Climate change is a race against time. We need to act fast to make a
transition to renewable energy. As individuals we are limited in what we
can do but if we work together and support each other we can make change
Solving climate change is a big task and
no one renewable energy project is the solution all by itself but if we
all do our part in our own communities we create the momentum needed to
get where we need to go faster.
We started the Great Climate Race to empower communities to make climate
solutions a reality at the local level. We are excited to announce that
you now have the ability to raise funds directly for specific solar
projects. We will be sharing a series of projects you can support in the
next couple weeks before our next event. Stay tuned for further updates
via our email alerts. Sign up here for updates if you aren't on our
email list already.
The first project announced that
participants can crowdfund to support directly is for OrcaLab. OrcaLab
is a world-renowned, research centre situated on a remote island off the
BC coast, near Alert Bay, researching dolphins and whales for more than
four decades. In 2013, OrcaLab installed a solar system to reduce
dependence on gas generators. They are now taking the project further to
meet almost all their energy needs using sources of renewable energy
The OrcaLab solar project is being organized by E.L.S.E. (Emerging
Leaders for Solar Energy) and will serve as an educational opportunity
for students involved in solar energy.
“We are excited to be working with ELSE to be helping to fund the
transition off diesel power for
OrcaLab . Not only
is this good for the climate but the cost savings for the facility can
help do more good work monitoring and learning about the resident orca’s
we all love” said West.
“ELSE is participating because we strongly believe that solar energy is
one of the most compelling clean energy resources available to us today”
said Julie Guérin co-Chair, National Board of Directors at ELSE. “Solar
energy creates meaningful employment; contributes to a healthy
environment; and it helps meet electricity demands or helps those who
are off the grid, like the OrcaLab. We’re very happy to be supporting
the Great Climate Race and working towards achieving our goal of raising
an additional $16,000 to complete this project.”
members outside of Vancouver will join others from around the world in
The Great Climate Race - International Virtual Race. “with chapters in
four provinces, and a presence at 17 Canadian universities and we’ll
have upwards of 1000 participants in the race either locally or
virtually across the country” said Guérin.
The Great Climate Race, is going into its second year as a Vancouver
running and walking event to raise funds for renewable energy projects.
The second annual 10k and 2.5k event takes place on October 30th in
Stanley Park. In the first year just under $35,000 was raised for the
organizations Renewable Energy Fund. Funds have been allocated to
several projects already including a partnership with Clean Energy
Canada, The City of Vancouver and the North Growth Foundation to install
solar panels on the paddling centre in False Creek.
hard to know what to do about climate change and many people still don’t
know we have all the technology we need already to be well on our way to
drastically reducing our dependence on fossil fuels” said Ben West,
Co-Founder of the Great Climate Race. “We want the Great Climate Race to
be a tool to empower community members to use walking and running to
raise funds for clean power projects in their own neighbourhoods as well
as other projects that benefit groups they care about.”
Further projects that participants can raise funds for will be announced
in the weeks ahead leading into the race. Participants will be able to
raise funds before the race and then after the race using activity
tracking apps on phones or watches.
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