MARATHON DES SABLES
From 28 November to 04 December 2017
Running the desert against Climate Change
28 November 2017
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READY TO START THE MARATHON DES SABLES PERU
Quim, José and Albert

Today the WORLD NATURE EXPLORING team begins this new challenge, after successfully completing the technical and medical checks. They are already in the camp and ready to start the adventure. Our races number are:

  • Albert Bosch 117
  • Jose Arimany 124
  • Quim Tribó 182

They face the first stage where they will have to run 37.2Km from Cahuachi to Coyungo, doing it in a total regime of self-sufficiency, and with a totally different terrain from the previous editions in Morocco. The organizers indicate that the route is very lush with exceptional landscapes but at the same time much harder because there is a lot more soft sand... they will have to cross a lot of dunes! The temperature is very high, and it's very hot.

Being the first edition of the history of MARATHON DES SABLES outside of Africa, there are 291 competitors and only 7 runners from Spain.

 

RUNNING AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE

WELCOME CLIMATE CRISIS AND CITIZEN POWER

Despite being perhaps the biggest challenge we face climate change is one of the least recognized. If the forest is burned in front of the house, we will act quickly by reaction. If we are victims of an extreme tropical storm, we will try to protect ourselves and survive. If we have pollution problems in our city, we will complain and demand solutions to the rulers. But if they show us with objective data a reality that is changing rapidly and takes us straight to the abyss in a close but undefined time, we tend to be skeptical and we want to ignore these bad news, especially if they involve sacrifices and changes in habits.

The scenarios posed by climatologists and 98% of scientists in the world are very alarming. But we always have the consolation of thinking that they are only estimating, and we can embrace a skeptical, denialist or blind attitude. However, we could consider that in the face of a potential threat of this magnitude, even if there is a doubt of 50 percent (which is really much smaller), we should choose to act responsibly, because apart from mitigating or solving the potential problem of change climatic, we would set in motion dynamics that would entail infinity of collateral benefits in our relation with the natural environment, that without a doubt would be very positive for our species.

But we are dominated by political and economic leaders with a high level of irresponsibility in one of the crucial issues for the continuity and well-being of humanity, which they do not consider a priority, because they prefer to focus only in the short term, preserving the quality of life (and the votes) of citizens, and not acting seriously in the face of the magnitude of the threats that lie ahead due to climate change: droughts, food shortages, extreme weather events, accelerated melting and sea level rise, acidification of the oceans, migrations by climatic refugees, etcetera.

Call me naive, but although it would not be as serious as those who know about the subject predict, I think it smells like we are approaching a "tiny" crisis in all or some of the possible problems announced. And only if we are aware of this crisis that haunts us, we can adopt an attitude of commitment and responsibility towards it, or not. I can wait for my house to burn to devote all my energies to solve the disaster, or I can take the necessary measures so that it never happens, or to have a good insurance if it happens. The crisis is activated depending on the priority and importance we want to give to the issue. And if the leaders are not capable of doing this exercise of responsibility, we can not limit ourselves to being passive spectators, we must assume our share of responsibility in declaring as a crisis this great challenge that we have as humanity.

The slavery was not a crisis for the British and American elites until the abolitionists create it, and the issue could be faced to reach a solution. Racial discrimination was not a crisis until civil rights movements made it emerge as such. Sex discrimination was not a crisis until feminism caused it to be recognized. Apartheid was not a crisis in South Africa until the anti-apartheid movement managed to portray it.

In the same way, if many of us stop looking the other side and decide that climate change has to be treated as a major crisis, the political and economic elite will have to fit in and act.

The power of citizenship has always been important, but at the time we live it is crucial, because we have the tools and systems necessary to exercise it effectively. Therefore, excuses are not valid and we must assume the responsibility that belongs to us as citizens. With the information and means we have today, we have no excuse, and ignoring it and not acting can only respond to a voluntary and irresponsible action of each person.

That's why we run here in the ICA desert, putting our sport and our passion for challenges at the service of the fight against Climate Change. Because we are optimistic, and the optimists are not those who believe that everything is going well, but realists who know how to recognize the problems and threats, and with this they are confident that they can achieve good results if they are fought effectively and with the conviction that the goal is worth it.

We love the desert, but we do not want more deserts in the world!

Team WNExploring
Base camp
Base camp
Comments
John Borrell
28 November 2017
14:50 H
Me gusta mucho leer tus posts hoy también pero olvidaste incluir a los conquistadores en los que esclavizaron a los que consideraban inferiores a ellos. No sólo fueron los Americanos y Británico eso lo es que se enseña en España. Fueron todos.
Josep María GUITART HERNANDEZ
28 November 2017
12:48 H
Sort per tots, especialment per tu ALBERT !!!
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