Burton Mail

‘Human swan’ ready to take flight

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A WOMAN dubbed “the human swan” has said she is feeling excited as she prepares to launch a circumnavi­gation of mainland Britain to raise awareness about climate change.

Sacha Dench is making the 3,000-mile journey to mark the Cop26 UN climate change conference taking place in Glasgow later this year. She will take off from the area on Monday, weather permitting, in an adapted electric paramotor, flying anticlockw­ise around the coast and returning to land in the area around six weeks later.

The Australian is known for global expedition­s with migratory species but has turned her focus to climate change after losing her family home to bushfires last year. The UN Cop26 event is set to be held from November 1-12.

Ms Dench said: “I’m doing it to try and demonstrat­e just how far we can go in terms of decarbonis­ing our transport and our lifestyles in general.

“The real thing we’re hoping to do though is make use of the journey and fact I have to stop frequently to change batteries to stop and land and speak to people who have solutions for climate change.

“I think it can show us that whilst Britain drove the industrial revolution, we can drive the green revolution, too.”

 ?? ANDREW MILLIGAN ?? Paramotori­st Sacha Dench with her adapted electric paramotor at Glasgow Science Centre
ANDREW MILLIGAN Paramotori­st Sacha Dench with her adapted electric paramotor at Glasgow Science Centre

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