This most recent leg of the Relay4Nature journey has seen the sport of sailing come together to bring the Baton to the critical United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow. A member of the Foiling Week team (the global event dedicated to foiling boats) will bring the baton by train to Southampton, England, from where it will join GAC Pindar, Official Logistics Provider of The Ocean Race 2022-23, on an emissions-free six-day Relay by bicycle to the centre of Glasgow.
Once in Glasgow it will be presented to Peter Thomson, United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Ocean, who will take the Baton and its messages, calling for greater action for nature, to the heart of this decisive conference. It comes at a time when countries must agree to set more ambitious goals for climate action, five years on from the Paris Agreement.
Nature’s Baton started its journey in May 2021 in Klaipeda, Lithuania. After featuring at the country’s major sustainability event - Green Course Conference - the baton was taken by boat to the start of The Ocean Race Europe and was then relayed by teams throughout the Race. After the Race finished in Genova, Italy, in June, the baton helped to give the ocean a voice at a number of events, including IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille, France, before returning to Italy to feature in the famous Barcolana Race in Trieste.
To date the Relay4Nature Baton has collected hundreds of messages of support and pleas from politicians to fishermen, from scientists to ocean advocates and school children to radically increase action to support a healthy and productive ocean.
HSH Albert II of Monaco joined the clarion call to support the ocean at the recent IUCN conference in Marseille: “It is one global ocean that unites us all, we have to put the right frameworks in place to ensure that we protect what needs to be protected, both on land and at sea. Everyone has to understand that we are at a critical time and that we must move forward and put the solution in place, that already exist, to ensure that we have a planet and that we will have a planet for generations to come. There are no healthy humans without a healthy ocean.”