As flying visits go, this was pretty spectacular. UN Ambassador for the Convention on Migratory Species Sacha Dench touched down in Scotland as part of her round Britain climate challenge to raise awareness of the effects of climate change and help shine a light on some of the innovators working to solve the crisis.
Flying in on her electric paramotor, she circled over the Kelpies before landing at Celtic Renewables – Scotland’s first biofuel refinery plant.
She met Martin Tangney OBE, Founder of Celtic Renewables, Michael Matheson (MSP) Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport, Gillian McKee (MSP), Linlith-Go–Solar, Climate Conscious Entrepreneurs Edinburgh and Fuel Change apprentices and pupils from Larbert High School to talk about their My Carbon Zero Project.
In June, Sacha began her world record expedition from the host city of COP26, Glasgow.
Since then, she has flown across Britain stopping off to talk to people involved in addressing the effects of climate change. A compilation of these stories will be presented at COP26 the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow in November.
During her stopover said: “I am delighted to be back in Scotland and visiting the beautiful capital and surrounds. I am looking forward to meeting people who are truly focused on answers to the climate crisis – not problems – and as such are inspirations to all.
We’re trying to answer the question: ‘We drove the Industrial Revolution; can we drive the Green Revolution too?’Sacha Dench, UN Ambassador for the Convention on Migratory Species
“As part of this expedition, we have been investigating how climate change is affecting different regions of the country and showing in a visually stunning and exciting way what is happing to help cut carbon and preserve and restore our environment.”
Professor Martin Tangney OBE Founder of Celtic Renewables said: “We are thrilled to have hosted Sacha here at Celtic Renewables as part of this ambitious round Britain Climate Challenge. From the outset, Celtic Renewables has believed that it is possible to be commercially successful while achieving Net Zero and we are nearing that reality when we commission Scotland’s first biofuel refinery plant at the end of this year.
“We are excited for what this will mean not only for Scotland but for the sector as we seek green alternatives to fossil fuel technology. “
Councillor Cecil Meiklejohn added: We are honoured that Sacha has taken in the view of our world-famous Kelpies as part of her round Britain climate challenge.
“Falkirk Council are committed to working towards Net Zero by 2030 and are a key partner in the recently launched Forth Valley for Net Zero campaign, an initiative which brings public and private sectors together and will highlight all the great initiatives by businesses, educational establishments, and our local communities to help us achieve this target.”
Sacha hopes to be successful in achieving a Guinness World Record for the greatest distance flown by electric paramotor in a 30-day period.