Going the distance for climate change

How far would you go for climate change?

One committed TAKE2 pledger is running 506.4km this year, competing in 12 marathons in 12 months to raise money and awareness of global warming.

Zoe Heath was inspired to spread the word on climate change by National Geographic’s Years of Living Dangerously series. She was particularly moved by the impact it’s having on Kenya’s green belt.

Couple that with being forced to put her passion for team sports on hold due to a busy work and study schedule and the result is a commitment to running 12 marathons to spread the word on climate change and keep active.

Plenty of people thought she was crazy, and after recently completing marathon number four, Zoe is wondering if they may have a point!  

But she’s not giving up.

Zoe equates her experience at the marathons with the individual efforts many of us are making to fight climate change. “When you start out, you’re so enthusiastic. 10ks in you start to feel it and wonder ‘is it all too much?’ But you persevere, stay positive and keep putting one foot in front of the other and hopefully, as with climate change, cross the line a winner.”

Like many of us, she has also made lifestyle changes to reduce her contribution to global warming, like setting up a worm farm at home, recycling properly and cutting back on food waste.

“This year, my focus is on not buy anything new,” she says. “Consumerism is a trap many of us fall into so I’m trying to be more mindful about my purchases. I’m saving lots of money too, which is great!” (One exception on the new stuff is running shoes – she’s already onto her second pair!)

So far, Zoe’s marathon of marathons has raised around $1,000 for the Green Belt Movement. You can follow her progress here. And get your own inspiration to fight climate change by signing up to TAKE2, just like Zoe has.

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