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‘Human Swan’ flying into Falkirk area in bid to highlight climate change

An Australian adventurer dubbed the Human Swan is taking to the skies to raise awareness of climate change – and she plans to drop into the Kelpies along the way.

UN ambassador Sacha Dench will make the record-breaking circumnavigation of Britain in an adapted electric paramotor.

And on her 3000-mile Round Britain Climate Challenge, which begins on Monday, she’ll be stopping off to talk to people and businesses leading the transition to net zero carbon emissions.

Sacha Dench preparing for take off

That includes flying over Celtic Renewables’ new biofuels plant in Grangemouth before landing at the Kelpies to find out more about how this area is at the forefront of the green revolution.

Sacha is raising awareness of COP26, the UN climate change conference in Glasgow in November, and her visit will be used to help the district launch its own activities around the event.

Falkirk Council pledged to make the district net zero by 2045 at a meeting in August 2019.

Council leader Cecil Meiklejohn, said she was looking forward to Sacha’s visit and showcasing some of the exciting work being done locally.

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She said: “I am delighted that during July, as part of the Round Britain Challenge, Sacha Dench will be visiting our community.

“Her visit signals the start of a campaign by Falkirk Council and its partners encouraging all in our communities to make changes in support of the climate challenge.

“I recognise that many people, businesses, schools and colleges are doing great work.

“I encourage you to get in touch, to showcase your work in our campaign and feature in the events we will run over the summer.”

Sacha is expected to land in the week beginning July 19, although the logistics mean the date can’t be confirmed just now.

Celtic Renewables founder, Professor Martin Tangney, said: “I am delighted Celtic Renewables will feature as part of The Round Britain Challenge.

“We have been on a journey to produce sustainable low-carbon chemicals and fuels from residues since 2011 and we are delighted that our plant – the UK’s first biorefinery – will open later this year, and that we can play our part in Scotland’s transition to Net Zero.”



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