MARATHON DES SABLES
From 28 November to 04 December 2017
Running the desert against Climate Change
04 December 2017
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FIFTH STAGE FINISHED
Albert Bosch

Last stage finished! It has been the stage in which you could run more due to the terrain, as well as carrying almost empty backpacks (there is only one stage left and with a distance of half a kilometer) most runners have given everything. It has been very quick.

Albert preferred to run at a normal pace, so as not to break the body that is have already enough, and keep retaining forces for the last stage of today, and thus to finish MDS Peru. Continues to keep the Top50 in general classification! This is his goal, he considers it a super result.

Quim is quite tired and with a bit of stomach problems, he has taken this stage more calmly, in order to reach the goal.

They believe it was a fantastic stage, 80% of it was on dune cliffs near the Pacific overlooking a big of islands. Already in the final part, they has run inside the vastness of the desert until they reaches the camp. Only by the incredible landscapes that are found it is worth living this adventure. This is the best way to see, feel and understand the desert.

Today the last stage of the MARATHON DES SABLES PERÚ, with a tour of 19.6Km. from Mendieta to La Catedral. They believe that it will not take them too much trouble completing it and they will be able to communicate that have finished the 1st edition of MDS Peru in history!

 

RUNNING AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE

WHAT CAN I DO?

What habits of life can we put in place to fight global warming?

We must speak, raise awareness and demand reactions against climate change, but the responsibility is not only for the top social leaders, and we must all take part in this planetary cause. 

Marathon des Sables has 6 stages, and therefore we suggest 6 simple actions that can mean big changes for a sustainable development:

 

1. REDUCE EMISSIONS

Use less the private car. Whenever you can, use sustainable transport, such as cycling or public transport more. And if you have to use the private car habitually, remember that every kilometer that you increase the speed, considerably increases the CO2 and the expense. According to the EU, every liter of fuel consumed by the car represents about 2.5 km of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere; For this reason, it is time to consider switching to the electric vehicle or, at least, to a plug-in hybrid. For long distances, the most sustainable is the train, above the plane, which causes a significant part of CO2 emissions. And in the very long distance trips where the plane is unavoidable, try to compensate the CO2 emissions of your journeys, and discover that with a minimum cost, there are systems to compensate in a reliable and simple way.

 

2. CLEAN ENERGY AND ENERGY SAVING

It would be ideal to be able to install a clean energy generation system at home, but if you can't, a very easy and effective solution is to contract energy with a company that guarantees that 100% of the energy supplied comes from renewable sources. And apart from this, making more efficient energy consumption is totally possible and it supposes a great saving of generation of greenhouse gases: Look at the labels of the household appliances, and never leave them on stand by. Change the bulbs by other LEDs and low consumption. Always adjust the thermostat, both for heating and for air conditioning. Taking care of the use of household appliances and light at home, we can save energy and, of course, money at the end of the month.

 

3. PUT INTO PRACTICE THE 3 'R' OF SUSTAINABILITY

  • Reduce: consume less, more efficiently.
  • Reuse: exchange or take advantage of second-hand markets, to give another opportunity to what you no longer use or get something you need and that another person has discarded. You will save money and you will reduce consumption.
  • Recycling: packaging, electronic waste, etc. Do you know that you can save more than 730 kilos of CO2 per year just by recycling half of the electronic waste generated at home?

 

4. THE DIET? LOW CARBON

A low-carbon diet means consuming more intelligently:

  • Reduces the consumption of meats (livestock is one of the greatest pollutants in the atmosphere) and increases the consumption of fruits, vegetables and vegetables.
  • All products, proximity and seasonal: read the labeling and consume those that have a near origin, avoiding imports that involve extra emissions for transport. Consume also seasonal products, to avoid other less sustainable production modes.
  • Try to consume more bio products, since less pesticides and other chemicals are used in their production.
  • Avoid as much as you can excessive packaging and processed foods

 

5. ACTS AGAINST THE LOSS OF FORESTS

  • Avoid everything that may pose fire risks.
  • If you want to buy wood, bet on that with certification that ensures its sustainable origin.
  • Although it seems obvious, plant a tree! In all its life, it can absorb up to one ton of CO2.

 

6. DEMAND GOVERNMENTS

It demands that measures be taken towards a more sustainable life, through many actions that are in their power: promoting renewable energies, demanding the correct labeling of the products at the time of purchase (fishing method, origin of the products, use of transgenic, etc.), ask for better public transport (and use it), ask for more bike lanes and facilities for non-polluting vehicles in the city, respect the correct management of waste, etc.

The population has more strength than it believes, and adopting sustainable habits, while demanding measures from governments, achieves a more global awareness of the problem of global warming.

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!

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