National Climate Relay to Make a Stop at University of Worcester

A national relay making its way from Ben Nevis to Big Ben this summer will be calling in at the University of Worcester on its journey to raise awareness of the climate emergency.

The Running Out of Time Climate Relay will pass through the length of Great Britain with a baton passed between runners, walkers, wheelers and cyclists. Inside the baton is a message calling for action to cut emissions, restore nature and support those hardest hit by climate change.

The baton will be making its way through Worcester on Monday, June 24. It will arrive at the University of Worcester’s Severn Campus at 10.30am, and will be handed to the University’s Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor Sally Moyle, and Lord Victor Adebowale, Chair of the NHS Confederation, who will walk it through the Campus to a waiting crowd of students and schoolchildren at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson building.

The University’s Severn Campus is home to one the Country’s largest electric vehicle charging car parks and the University has invested heavily in solar panels and green spaces to improve biodiversity across its campuses.

One of the big issues the University is focussed on is improving air quality in the City.

Professor Moyle and Lord Adebowale will talk to the crowd about air quality and its impact on health. Members of the public are welcome to attend the event to see the baton and to hear from the speakers.

Katy Boom, Director of Sustainability at the University, said: “We are really pleased to be able to host the Running Out of Time Climate Relay and to encourage people to do all they can to reduce their carbon footprint.

“At the University we are committed to doing all we can to tackle this emergency and to mitigate and adapt against the impacts of climate change. This will be an opportunity to hear about some of the things we are doing and to engage in the discussion about what we can all do to improve the situation for future generations.”

The University is working with organisations across the City on a number of projects including tackling air quality, the introduction of an underground heat network connecting buildings using energy from the River Severn to provide heating and hot water, along with the introduction of electric bike schemes and improved walking and cycling routes.

Dan Thompson, Co-founder of the Running Out of Time Climate Relay, said: “We’re delighted to be collaborating with the University of Worcester to help support all the work they are doing on campus – and across Worcester in partnership with a range of organisations – to improve air quality and build a more sustainable future.”

Upon leaving the University, the baton will then pass through the City following the Wild About Worcester Way.

If you would like to sign up to take part in the Relay visit