04. About

Why

This winter the leaders of the world will gather in Paris to negotiate the future of our planet. The summit COP21 will be a catalyst for the climate battle: on one side the lobbyists, fossil fuel industries, and proposers of controversial solutions, and on the other side the environmental and climate justice movement.

In her latest book This Changes Everything Naomi Klein quotes a solar energy teacher, he tells his students:

»There are times when you must accept small steps forward and there are other times when you need to run like a buffalo, now is the time to run.«

Run for your life is a relay race across northern Europe. A call for climate justice and a sustainable future. Starting from the Arctic region and ending in Paris in occasion of the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP21. The relay will cover more than 4000 kilometers, last for about 21 days and will go on 24 hours a day.

Run for your life is a collection of a thousand stories where the participants are expressing the urgency of climate change and describing their personal reasons to take action. Each person carrying a story will run and share the collective effort of the relay. Run for your life is a Riksteatern (The Swedish National Touring Theatre) initiative, an organization that is taking the threats to our environment very seriously. With this project we hope to encourage other European organisations, institutions and private citizens to do their part in stopping climate change. We all have the possibility to effect the world situation by stepping forth to act in our own homes, in our neighbourhoods, in our regions, in our countries – each of us has an essential role to play in the process of change.

In the latest report from the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) the scientific facts showed clearly, climate change is happening and human activities are the cause. Large areas on the planet are already suffering drought, torrential rain and flooding – what the future will look like if we continue to blindly tread this path is a matter for grave speculation. Even in Northern Europe, a region less subject to natural catastrophes, the signs are clear in the considerable increase in precipitation.
This coming winter, leaders of the world will gather in Paris to negotiate the future of our planet. This summit is called COP21 and will be a catalyst for the climate battle. Heads of state, lobbyists, corporate leaders and representatives for environmental organizations and the climate justice movement will all be there, each bringing their own agendas. This is why we will gather in numbers and lift our own agenda – it is time to step up and take responsibility!

We are the last generation that can fight climate change. We have a duty to act.

- Ban Ki-moon - Secretary-General of UN