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The Netherlands

Welcome to The Netherlands!

Here the relay travels to an amazing Tiny Forest, Eco-Schools and different Green Key and Blue Flag sites. You can discover more about each of these fantastic highlights below. We also invite you to help carry the relay baton forward and run a stage!

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Join relay runners in the Netherlands and celebrate climate action!

Throughout the 7,767km relay route we are visiting and celebrating some of the world’s most inspirational and groundbreaking climate action projects. Discover more about these projects below.

Stage #242

Tiny Forest Sint-Janslyceum, 's-Hertogenbosch

Tiny Forests ® are densely packed native forests, that fit into the size of a tennis court. A Tiny forest is not just an pleasant spot for butterflies, birds, bees and small mammals; it is a great place for people too. Children learn about nature and it also serves as a meeting place for the local community. These dense, native woodlans are planted according to the Miyawaki method. IVN has planted over 160 Forests in public spaces in the Netherlands. One of them is ‘Het Bossche Bos’ near Het Sint-Janslyceum school in 's-Hertogenbosch.

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Stage #242

Tiny Forest Sint-Janslyceum, 's-Hertogenbosch

Tiny Forest is one of our ‘blockbuster programs’ that connects schoolchildren, teachers, local communities and nature. The success is that a Tiny Forest is a practical way to contribute to large themes like loss of biodiversity, climate change and adaptation.

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What is Running Out of Time?

Running Out of Time is a 7,767km non-stop relay from Glasgow, Scotland (Host of COP26) to Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt (Host of COP27). There are a total of 732 stages, with each stage being around 10km long. The relay runs day and night for 40 days and travels to 18 countries.

Within the relay baton is a climate change message from young people to the decision makers at COP27.

Our goal is for the relay baton to be passed from person-to-person and arrive in Egypt. Most stages will be run and a small number will be cycled. We’ll be sailing The Channel and The Mediterranean.

When is it?

The relay starts in Glasgow on Friday 30th September and will finish in Sharm El-Sheikh on Tuesday 8th November.

Who can take part?

You must be over the age of 18 to sign-up to our relay and be able maintain an average pace of 6 minutes 15 seconds per kilometre / 10 minutes per mile for the duration of a stage.

If you are under the age of 18 and would like to run a stage, then please ask your parent/legal guardian to contact us at [email protected] and we will see if this can be accommodated.

We also have a Schools Action Day taking place on November 3rd, which is open to schools around the world, and a Virtual Relay Day on November 5th.

Why are you doing this?

The impact of climate change on our planet will be felt most by our youth and future generations. Their collective voice needs to be heard. Together, we aim to deliver their message, held within the relay baton, with so much support that it is impossible to ignore.

Along the extraordinary route, the baton will cross seas, mountain ranges, glaciers, and deserts and visit schools, at-risk locations and climate change projects meeting scientists, engineers and designers at the forefront of the green revolution to better understand what is happening to our planet and to inspire local climate action.

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IVN Nature Education

The mission of IVN is to connect people with nature. Our vision is to create a society that is connected to nature and that cities and villages are natural habitats for human beings and other species and contribute to social cohesion, health and creativity. Our programs create green & natural schools, green cities and natural healthcare. IVN has 150 employees and 100,000 volunteers who contribute to our mission.

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