Our mission at Climate Race™ is to help remedy and raise awareness of the effects of climate change.
Results are posted at coolrunning.com
Funds raised will help support the Center for Wind Energy, Energy Engineering Program, and the Climate Change Initiative at UMass Lowell. These groups are leading research and education efforts on renewable energy and climate change. The efforts will help to make renewable energy cheaper and more widespread helping to mitigate the effects of climate change.
The Climate Race™ is a family friendly event located at the Sampas Pavilion, part of Lowell Heritage State Park.
We welcome runners and walkers to participate. Whatever your style, bring everyone for a morning of fun!
Climate Action: WHY IT MATTERS
Climate change is caused by human activities and is threatening the way we live and the future of our planet. By addressing climate change, we can build a sustainable world for everyone. But we need to act now. Climate change is a global challenge that does not respect national borders. Emissions anywhere affect people everywhere.
Doing nothing will end up costing us a lot more than if we take actions now that will lead to more jobs, greater prosperity, and better lives for all while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building climate resilience.
Thanks to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change we know:
Global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) have increased by almost 50 percent since 1990.
Emissions grew more quickly between 2000 and 2010 than in each of the three previous decades.
It is still possible, using a wide array of technological measures and changes in behaviour, to limit the increase in global mean temperature to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
Major institutional and technological change will give a better than even chance that global warming will not exceed this threshold.
Energy is the dominant contributor to climate change, accounting for around 60 percent of total global greenhouse gas emissions.
Reducing the carbon intensity of energy is a key objective in long-term climate goals.