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27 September 2022

27 UK Local Climate Action Projects To Be Celebrated Along The 'Running Out of Time' Relay Route

Supporting and celebrating inspiring local climate action along the route of the Running Out of Time relay is at the heart of the event. 

The relay starts on September 30th 2022 in Glasgow and will journey 7,767km through 18 countries to deliver a climate message from young people to world leaders at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP27. The route, through 18 countries to Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt will take 40 days and nights and crosses seas, mountain ranges, glaciers, and deserts, villages, towns and capital cities. It will visit hundreds of schools, at-risk locations and climate change projects to inspire and champion local climate action. 

Along the way, in the UK, we’ll pass by 27 amazing local climate action projects identified by one of the relay’s principal partners, Carbon Copy,  a UK charity that inspires big-thinking local climate action to accelerate our progress towards a fairer, carbon zero future. 

Ric Casale, Co Founder, Carbon Copy says “The relay is so symbolic of the ambition and collaboration we wish to see at COP27, and that we already see in the people working together locally to address the biodiversity and climate crises. This relay will also be a common thread that links thousands of inspiring climate action stories, showcasing leadership at all levels and encouraging more people to join in by doing something similar. Collective local climate action is having an impact globally, and we look forward to taking these stories to COP27 and sharing them with governments from around the world.”

The 27 UK Climate Projects along the route are: 

Lanarkshire (Glasgow)

1. Glasgow Food Policy Partnership

Relay date: Friday 30th September, at launch event 

Project Info: Glasgow Food Policy Partnership | circular economy | food security | Carbon Copy

Project info: Glasgow Food Policy Partnership (GFPP) is a group of public, private and voluntary sector organisations who have one specific objective: to work together to create a fairer, healthier, more sustainable and resilient food system that would make Glasgow an even better city to live in. #GoodFoodForAll.

The partnership defines ‘good food’ as food that is vital to the quality of people’s lives in Glasgow. As well as being tasty, healthy, accessible and affordable, food should be good for the planet, good for workers, good for local businesses and good for animal welfare. 

In June 2022, GFPP and its multisector partners and stakeholders launched a holistic 10-year Glasgow City Food Plan aiming for Glasgow to be recognised for its good food and as a city where tasty, healthy, affordable food is accessible to everyone. 

2. Whitelee Wind Farm

Whitelee is the UK's largest onshore wind farm, located on Eaglesham Moor just 20 minutes from central Glasgow. Its 215 turbines generate up to 539 megawatts of electricity, enough to power approx. over 350,000 homes. ScottishPower Renewables owns the wind farm and Whitelee Windfarm Visitor Centre, though the latter is managed by Glasgow Science Centre.

Scotland provides almost 25% of Europe’s wind energy source with an installed power of 36.5GW. The Scottish Government has set a target of reducing the greenhouse-gas emissions by 42% and 80% by 2020 and 2050 respectively. It also planned to generate 50% of electricity through renewable sources by 2020, mostly from the wind sector. More info here

County of Dumfries & Galloway

3. Tarras Valley Nature Reserve, Langholm

Relay date: Saturday 1st Oct, 6.50pm

Stage leading to project: #25

Project info:

It's one of south Scotland’s largest community land buyouts which has created a large-scale nature reserve for people, wildlife and carbon capture. When Buccleuch Estates announced in May 2019 it was selling 25,000 acres of Langholm Moor and the Tarras Valley, the local community got together to buy this land – with a vision of developing the vast upland moor, ancient woodland, meadows, peatlands and river valley into the Tarras Valley Nature Reserve.

A huge fundraising campaign attracted £3.8m in just 6 months, including a public crowd funder which raised over £200,000 with thousands of donations from all around the world. The community was able to purchase 5,200 acres of the land. In March 2021, the community started another fundraising campaign successfully raising £2.2m to purchase a further 5,300 acres of land, doubling the size of the reserve.


4. Winmarleigh Carbon Farm

Relay date: Sunday 2nd Oct, 11.55am  

Stage leading up to project: #43

Project info:

Peatlands are important habitats for lots of specialised wildlife and they play a huge role in the fight against climate change. Peatlands cover only 3-5% of the total land area in the Northern hemisphere, but contain around 1/3 of global soil carbon. They are the world's largest carbon store, holding over 550 gigatonnes of carbon. That's more than twice as much as the world's forests! 

However, this carbon can get released for various reasons often linked to agriculture. Currently, peatlands are releasing more carbon than they store, as well as releasing methane which is an even more potent greenhouse gas.

Winmarleigh Carbon Farm is part of the Care-Peat partnership project: nine partners working together to restore the carbon storage capacity of peatlands in Northwest Europe. Restoring Winmarleigh Carbon Farm is led by Lancashire Wildlife Trust with partners Manchester Metropolitan University and BeadaMoss. 

Lancashire Wildlife Trust are testing different combinations of planting techniques at Little Woolden Moss nature reserve in Salford to see which combination is best for speedily re-vegetating degraded peat and so reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It’s also creating a pioneering carbon farm on a former agricultural field next to the Winmarleigh Moss SSSI nature reserve.


5. Urban GreenUp

Date: Sunday 2nd Oct, 9.05pm

Stage leading up to project: #50

Project info:

UrbanGreenUP is an ambitious project to retrofit a range of nature-based solutions across the city and to monitor them for their multiple environmental, social and economic benefits. Projects include two living green walls completed in the summer of 2020, one of which is over 65m long on a shopping centre near the main bus station, where in addition to biodiversity, the wall is helping to contribute to local air quality improvements. The project is also trialling one of the first saltwater floating ecosystem islands to enhance biodiversity in the docks and has attracted interest from Seattle, Melbourne, Romania and even a First American Indian tribe. This 6-year and €4m pioneering research and innovation project is being delivered by the City Council, the University of Liverpool and Mersey Forest. More info here

6. Farm Urban

Date: Sunday 2nd October, 9.05pm 

Stage leading up to project: #50

Project info:

Farm Urban is on a mission to transform our cities and towns into greener, healthier, more inclusive places. A key part of their mission is supplying food that’s good for people produced in ways that’s good for the planet. Using vertical farm technology, the project is growing fresh, healthy, green food and herbs in a place not normally associated with growing food on a large scale. Food orders are either collected by customers or delivered by bike. This social enterprise also works with schools and community groups to reconnect people with healthy and nutritious food through their Routes & Shoots education programmes. More info here

City of Manchester

7. People Powered Retrofit

Relay date: Mon 3rd Oct, 3.10am

Stage leading up to project: #54

Project info:

People Powered Retrofit is a new ‘One-Stop Shop for Retrofit’ service, a not-for-profit service for householders in Greater Manchester and the North West, offering clear, independent advice and support to help them plan, procure and deliver retrofit projects to a high standard. The project has been developed during the past two years, with the backing of BEIS (Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) and Friends Provident Foundation, identifying the key barriers householders face in retrofitting and helping them overcome these. The result is cold houses becoming cosy, warmer, and healthier homes with reduced energy bills. More info here

8. The Bee Network

Relay date: Monday 3rd October, 4.50am

Stage leading up to project: Stage 55

Project info: 

The Bee Network will see Greater Manchester becoming the very first city region in the UK to have an integrated transport system outside of London – linking trams and buses and including the UK’s largest cycling and walking network. This includes creating 1,800 miles of routes and 2,400 new crossings across the city-region that will make it easier, safer and more attractive for people to walk, cycle or wheel for everyday trips. The Bee Network is delivering fully segregated cycling and walking routes on busy roads, quality signage and crossings on quieter routes and creating areas where people are prioritised to make streets safer and quieter. A good example is the CYCLOPS (‘cycle optimised’) junction in Chorlton (followed by the relay route) which is part of the four-mile long Chorlton Cycleway. It was the first of its kind in the UK and enables cyclists to make a right-hand turn while being protected from traffic. More info here.

9. Graphene Concrete, Manchester

Relay date: Mon 3rd Oct, 5.40am

Stage leading up to project: #56

Project info:

The construction industry has a huge carbon footprint, contributing 8-10% of global CO2 emissions. If concrete manufacture was a county, it would be the 3rd biggest emitter of carbon dioxide. As part of The University of Manchester’s Faculty of Science and Engineering, [email protected] is working with industry partners to develop graphene-enhanced concrete. Graphene adds compressive, flexural and tensile strength to concrete. It also reduces curing time, cracking, salt permeation and the amount of steel reinforcement needed. This means significantly less concrete can be used for equivalent performance, saving on emissions and project cost. More info here.


10. SOS-UK (Students Organising Sustainability), Macclesfield 

Relay date: Mon 3rd Oct, 9.20am

Stage leading up to project: #59

Project info:

SOS-UK (Students Organising for Sustainability) is a student-led education charity focusing on sustainability. It sees the power and potential in students and young people to be at the forefront of change and works alongside them to support their sustainability leadership journeys.

SOS-UK supports a wide range of student-led projects – see here:

One such project is Mock COP, a global campaign demanding world leaders to show climate ambition. When the COP26 conference would have been running in November 2020, over 330 youth delegates representing over 140 countries gathered online at Mock COP26. It was a powerful statement showing the ambition and dreams of young people worldwide fighting for a fair, equal and green world. The conference culminated with a global declaration to world leaders with 18 ambitious, yet realistic policies covering 6 important themes; climate education, climate justice, climate-resilient livelihoods, physical and mental health, nationally determined contributions and biodiversity.

 The campaign continues to mobilise a movement of young people globally to campaign for their leaders to show this ambition and implement parts of the Mock COP treaty. Mock COP is the campaign behind the global projects: Teach the Teacher, Teach the Parent and 1.5 degrees.

More project information here. If you want photos and interviews, please contact me. 

South Yorkshire

11. Grey to Green Park, Sheffield

Relay date: Monday 3rd October, 6.30pm 

Stage leading up to project: #65

Project info:

The building of an outer ring road around Sheffield led to reduced traffic through its centre and the opportunity to re-think the Castlegate area of the city centre. The city had also experienced severe flooding the year before causing £1 billion-worth of damage. The result was the Grey to Green project which took a radical approach to revamping the whole area. Redundant roads were dug up and replaced with a flower-filled haven for both people and wildlife. The space is now filled with a connected sequence of planted flower beds, rain gardens and bioswales creating the UK’s longest ‘green street’ and the largest retrofit sustainable drainage scheme. Not only does the area capture rainfall and significantly reduce flood risk, it also creates a wildlife corridor, a destination place where people sit and relax, a place which attracts new businesses, and a network of dedicated cycling and walking routes. This approach is now being rolled out into other areas of the city. 

12. Energise Barnsley (Barnsley)

Relay date: Monday 3rd October, 6.30pm  

Stage leading up to project: #65

Project info:

Energise Barnsley delivers community-owned renewable energy and heating projects across the borough. It has undertaken a number of projects in collaboration with a wide range of partners, including installing solar panels and batteries in more than 300 council homes, municipal buildings and schools, focusing on people at risk of fuel poverty. The batteries store any solar energy unused during the day so it can be used at night, significantly reducing energy bills in the process. The work was developed through the partnership of organisations and individuals, but was set up with Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Generation Community Ventures, Ignite and British Gas Solar to help deliver lasting social impact across the Barnsley area. 

In 2018, it won the Collaboration Award sponsored by Power to Change for the most commendable collaboration between community and commercial/public/third sector partners. 


13. NET Trams

Relay date:  Tuesday 4th October, 3.40am 

Stage leading up to project: #73

Project info:

Nottingham Express Transit (NET) offers a green, convenient and affordable way to travel through the City and the surrounding areas. All the trams are powered by 100% renewable energy. 

Over 32km of track make up Nottingham’s tram network and each of Nottingham’s trams carry the equivalent of nearly three double-decker buses or 170 cars, helping to keep the roads free of congestion.

Opened in 2004 and extended in 2015, it was designed to operate in the most congested transport corridors and has held car congestion levels to pre-tram investment levels. Trams are very environmentally friendly and, unlike rubber-tyred vehicles powered by internal combustion engines, do not pollute the atmosphere.

Around 20 million people use the Nottingham tram each year. The tram network covers all major employment sites, both Universities and Nottingham College as well as the main city attractions. 20 of the 30 largest employers in the city are within 800m of a tram stop, and over 5,000 free car parking spaces are available across seven park-and-ride sites.

Nottingham’s trams are operated by Nottingham Express Transit (NET).


14. Soar & Wreake Valley Living Landscape

Relay date: Tues 4th Oct, 8.20am

Stage leading up to project: #77

Project info:

Soar & Wreake Valley Living Landscape is a great example of the benefits derived from rewilding the land:  - soaking up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere  -  reversing biodiversity loss  -  supporting diversified economic opportunities  -  improving our health and wellbeing. 

Rewilding is about enabling natural processes to shape the land and our coastlines, repair damaged ecosystems and restore degraded landscapes. The Soar & Wreake Valley is being rewilded under the stewardship of Leicester & Rutland Wildlife Trust with the support of local landowners. Extensive work has been done since 2004 to restore wildlife and wild places to the floodplains of the Soar and Wreake – two of the most significant rivers in Leicestershire. The goal is to enable the floodplain to function more naturally, which will help to protect people from flooding and create valuable new wildlife habitat.

The project is helping Leicestershire as a county embrace sustainability. Leicestershire County Council has set an ambition to work with others to achieve Net Zero Carbon emissions for Leicestershire by 2045.

Councillor Blake Pain, cabinet member for the environment and the green agenda at Leicestershire County Council, said: 

“We’re a green council and taking action on climate change is one of our top priorities. We're developing a countywide net zero strategy and action plan which looks at the next step. Tackling climate change across the whole of Leicestershire is too big a job for any one organisation. And importantly, it sets out how we can work together to get to net zero by 2045.”


15. Plastic Free Leamington & Warwick

Relay date: Tuesday 4th October, 5.35pm 

Stage leading up to project: #85

Project info: 

Plastic Free Leamington & Warwick is bringing together individuals, schools, businesses, neighbours - everyone within Leamington and Warwick to find ways to tackle avoidable, single-use plastic. The group helps everyone to find alternatives to single-use plastic and they campaign for policy changes. They've been awarded plastic-free champion status by Surfers Against Sewage and are an example of the 870+ communities in the UK that have also signed up to get rid of single-use plastic.

It's not about removing all plastic from our lives but about kicking the addiction to throwaway plastic and changing the system that produces it. 90% of plastics are produced from new oil and gas, and the production of one tonne of plastic generates up to 2.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide. 2 million tonnes of plastic are pouring into the ocean every year, and plastic has been found across UKs beaches, in the deepest parts of the ocean and as far away as the Antarctic.


16. River Wye Natural Flood Management

Relay date: Wed 5th Oct, 9.15am 

Stage leading up to project: #96

Project info:

The River Wye and Lugg Natural Flood Management (NFM) project is re-introducing natural techniques to slow the flow of water in the rivers, store more water upstream, increase the amount of water being absorbed by the soil, and reduce the risk of flooding to Herefordshire communities. It's moving away from traditional, artificial flood defence techniques and mimicking nature. Led by Herefordshire Council, it's a partnership of communities, the Environment Agency, local flood action groups, parish councils and landowners in 7 river catchment areas. 

There are many techniques it’s using to achieve this: 

Powys, Wales

17. Penpont Project, Brecon

Relay date: Wed 5th Oct, 4.40pm

Stage leading up to project: #102

Project info:

Organised by Action for Conservation, the Penpont Project is the world’s first large-scale, intergenerational nature restoration project and a blueprint for how youth action and conservation can bring change.

Taking place on a 2000-acre upland estate in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales, the pioneering Penpont Project is led in part by a Youth Leadership Group of twenty 12-18 year olds from diverse backgrounds. Working in partnership with farmers, the landowners, conservationists and local stakeholders, they are restoring habitats and ecosystems and exploring innovative farming and forestry approaches to provide a healthy support system for people, biodiversity and agriculture.


18. Carbon Community, Cynghordy

Relay date: Wed 5th Oct, 7.05pm

Stage leading up to project: #105

Project info:

The Carbon Community is a charity committed to bringing together trees, science and people. Together with leading scientists, they have launched one of the largest field-trials in the UK designed to accelerate and enhance carbon drawdown in trees & soil with nature-based techniques. Its citizen science programs educate people about environmental issues enabling them to learn new skills and get directly involved with environmental science to tackle the climate crisis.

South Wales 

19. Ocean Seagrass Rescue

Relay date: Thurs 6th Oct, 7am 

Stage leading up to project: #113

Project info:

Approx 92% of seagrass in British waters has been lost in the last century yet it provides multiple benefits. Seagrass absorbs carbon dioxide at a faster rate than rainforests and, although seagrass occupies just 0.1% of the seabed, it holds onto 11% of the carbon dioxide buried in the ocean. Seagrass meadows also act as fish nurseries, provide a home for plentiful wildlife and filter pollution out of the water. Seagrass Ocean Rescue has restored two experimental hectares of seagrass meadow in collaboration with the people of Dale in West Wales. The approach is simple - it's all about underwater gardening. The project is now replicating this approach around the coastline of the UK. 

20. [email protected] University (Active Buildings)

Relay date: Thurs 6th Oct, 7am

Stage leading up to project: #113

Project info: &

Buildings emit 40% of the carbon dioxide released by the UK so it’s important to devise methods of making them sustainable. Specific is an innovation and knowledge centre established at Swansea University in 2011 which is revolutionising the way we design and construct buildings. It has developed the ‘active building’ concept which integrates generating and storing energy, charging electric vehicles, and using smart controls to create buildings that are capable of providing heat and electricity for their own needs and more.


21. Black & Green Ambassadors

Relay date: Thursday 6th October, 8.35pm 

Stage leading up to project: #128

Project info:

The Black & Green Ambassadors Programme is a leadership development scheme for people from diverse backgrounds to develop their own environmental research through community engagement activities and monthly radio shows whilst gaining access to sector specific mentorship and training opportunities. The programme aims to connect, empower and celebrate diverse leadership and community action on environmental issues in Bristol and beyond; challenging perceptions, creating new opportunities and working towards ensuring the environmental movement is inclusive and representative of all communities.


22. Community Fridge, Marlborough

Relay date: Friday 7th Oct, 6.35am

Stage leading up to project: #137

Project info:

Marlborough Community Fridge is a partnership project between Marlborough Town Council and Transition Marlborough.

A Community Fridge is a place to redistribute fresh, good quality, in-date food that might otherwise not get eaten. Some supplies come from local food retailers and we welcome unopened, in-date foods and home-grown produce from households too. You can find out more from Hubbub at

It is free to access, there are no criteria that have to be met to use it so it is open to everyone in the local community. Our plans include a PYO herb garden to complement the fridge and we're composting any actual food waste in a Green Johanna composter on site.

The fridge itself was generously donated and the costs have been met through fund-raising, including a £500 seed-funding grant from the Transition Network and match funding from the Area Board.

A group of willing volunteers have stepped up to help run the fridge and are engaging with local food retailers to build the working relationships needed to supply the fridge with a regular and varied supply of fresh and ambient foods.


23. Reading Hydro, Reading

Relay date: Fri 7th Oct, 2.55pm

Stage leading up to project: #143

Project info:

Discussions amongst local environmental groups led to the founding of The Reading Sustainability Centre to develop plans for a hydroelectricity plant on the River Thames adjacent to Caversham Weir. This involved raising £1.2m to construct the hydropower plant, seeking permissions from Reading Borough Council and the Environment Agency, and engaging with local volunteers and specialist contractors.

Construction started in October 2020 and the scheme was completed and commissioned in the summer of 2021. Electricity generation started in September 2021. The plant is capable of generating about 320 MWh of renewable electricity each year, for decades to come. This is enough to supply about 90 average homes. The site is easy to access from the centre of Reading and the turbines operate in view of the public footpath on View Island. They can also be seen when crossing Caversham Weir from Reading.

Community engagement has been critical to the success of the project: most of the funding was provided by local people who invested in the scheme and volunteers prepared the site, built the turbine house which stores the generating equipment, and helped install the cable which takes the electricity to the main customer, Thames Lido, on the opposite side of the River Thames. The income from sale of electricity is used to run the plant and repay investment. Any surplus will fund sustainability projects that benefit the local community.


24. BedZed

Relay date: Saturday 8th October, 6am 

Stage leading up to project: #154

Project info:

BedZed is the UK’s first large-scale, mixed-use eco-community built using sustainability techniques. The development is made up of 100 homes, office space, a college, and community facilities. It has been an inspiration for low-carbon, environmentally friendly housing developments around the world. BedZED was designed to achieve big reductions in climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions and water use, and to make it easy for people living there to have a greener, lower impact lifestyle, relying less on private cars and producing less waste.

25. TRAID (shop on Camden High Street)

Relay date: Sat 8th Oct, 9am

Stage leading up to project: #157

Project info:

TRAID is a charity working to stop wearable clothes from going to waste. With a network of 12 charity shops across London, over 700 clothing donation banks and a home collection service, TRAID diverts 3,000 tonnes of clothes from landfill and incineration every year. TRAID works in over 100 boroughs and districts, supporting local authorities, businesses, and communities and educates people about the impacts of textiles on the environment and people’s lives, and how we can make more sustainable choices. All profits raised by the charity fund international development projects that stop the environmental damage and social injustice caused by the fashion industry. More project info here

26. The Fixing Factory

Relay date: Sat 8th Oct (the route won’t pass the project’s shop but it’s close to the TRAID shop and will be included in the publicity) 

Stage leading up to project: n/a 

Project info:

The Fixing Factory repairs household appliances and electronics; devices such as toasters, hand-held electronics, kettles and hoovers which are difficult to get fixed. There is a second site in Brent which fixes laptops which are given to local communities to help bridge the digital divide. 

The Factory will allow residents to:

- Get their broken products fixed on a ‘donate as you feel’ model.

- Join repair workshops/1-2-1 learning sessions (including online).

- Learn how waste, fixing and reuse can address the climate crisis and discuss systemic solutions.

- Discover funded training opportunities via its partner Mer-IT.

- Access community space for networking, volunteering and socialising.

More project info here.

27. The Library of Things

Relay date: Sat 8th Oct, 9.55am

Stage leading up to project: #158

Project info:;

The Library of Things rents out useful items like drills, sound systems and sewing machines. 80% of household items are used less than once per month & most of us don’t have the money or storage space to buy things we rarely use. Users of the Library of Things can borrow high quality items for a few pounds a day. The libraries have teamed up with top suppliers e.g. Bosh, Karcher and STIHL to make borrowing a more affordable alternative to buying. The libraries also run skill share sessions and repair parties where people can learn practical skills like DIY and repairing techniques. More project info here

There are Libraries of Things in South London (Crystal Palace, Morden, Bromley, Woolwich, Sutton), East London (Hackney Wick, Dalston, Stepney), North London (Kentish Town, Finsbury Park) and West London (Hammersmith).

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Editor Notes

Press contact Larissa Clark [email protected] +47 46852672 (Oslo) 

Press Pack including releases, images & B-roll: available via LINK

Interviews and photo opportunities at each of the 27 projects available on request. 


When:              Friday 30th September to Tuesday 8th November 2022
Where:            Glasgow, Scotland to Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

Social media: Instagram @climaterelay | Facebook @climaterelay | Twitter @climate_relay #RunningOutOfTime

The Whole Route:

Global Schools Action Day: Thursday 3rd November
Global Virtual Relay: Saturday 5 November for those who can’t join the physical route 

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