In 25 days from now governments, business leaders, global media and some of the biggest brains in climate science will be in Paris. The United Nations Climate Change Conference is a much anticipated event. On the agenda; saving the planet, and quickly. More specifically, getting consensus from 196 parties on reducing carbon emissions in a universal climate agreement.
Climate change is a massive problem that needs smart solutions and it needs them now. It’s a complex enough problem for the experts & influencers, so what can we as mere mortals do that could possibly make a difference? It’s a tough question that so many of us who care about the future of the planet often ponder. One enormous quick fix magic wand solution is just not going to happen. So what about the age-old approach of millions of people, hundreds of millions of people taking small steps, making small changes, what could that achieve?
Well we asked ourselves that question two years ago. We’re just two ordinary Australian blokes — fathers and athletes — and we really thought hard about it. After a lot of research, we discovered the opportunity was right in front of us — in fact we were wearing it. What if we could create a fabric that was friendlier to the planet than the decades-old fabrics of cotton and polyester. And not just better for the planet in the manufacturing process, it had to be better from start to finish. We imagined replacing cotton crops with crops that need less water, less land and less pesticides to make the same amount of fibre.
It may be a cliché but if you want something to change then do something about it yourself, don’t wait for someone else to solve it. And you know what, we made it happen. After many months of prototypes and testing we’ve created four fabrics that are more planet friendly than any of the fabrics in your wardrobe today. And from one of those fabrics we made a t-shirt. We’re calling it the Greenest T-shirt on the Planet … because it is.
Creating something new takes time, but it’s not impossible, and we are just one of many. All over the world people are coming up with clever ways to mitigate climate change, turning ideas into reality, chipping away at the mammoth problem with practical everyday solutions.
What can you imagine?
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Hawaii isn’t all beaches and coconut mojitos, it’s also the home of one of the world’s toughest multi-day run events. The Mauna to Mauna is a self supported (yep!) 7 day, 6 stage, 250km race across the big island of Hawaii. If that’s not tough enough, competitors had to cross 11 of the 13 climatic regions of the world from rugged lava to sandy beaches and open grassland...There was also a lot of rain.
Kusaga Athletic athlete Phillip Dernee was one of nutters to tackle this event, winning his age group and 10th overall...we asked him what drew him to this monster of an event?
If you are taking on the 10th anniversary of the UTA 100, you want everything to be perfect in the lead up to this arse kicking 100k’r. You don’t want a massive storm front with torrential rain that forces significant course changes and you definitely don’t want to be carrying a knee injury into the race.
Pip Candrick can laugh about it now but these issues were not the most serious challenges during her first UTA 100. We sat down with her post race.
There's a new podcast in town called Endurance FM and one of the first guests is co-founder Graham Ross. The podcast combines in-depth personal stories of people who live the endurance life - both sport and business.
Endurance FM said; "Is someone who gets off on 270km motor bike racing, Ironman triathlon or the Great Wall Marathon wired differently?