Earlier this week we were in Brussels, the heart of European parliamentary power, to attend the European Public Affairs Awards as finalists to win Campaign of the Year for our One Giant Leap environmental awareness project done in collaboration with climate change group Sandbag. The event was hosted by the Vice-President of the European Parliament, with various sectors, industries, lobbyists and government groups represented.
One Giant Leap, the global campaign for clean electricity was launched ahead of the 2009 UN climate conference in Copenhagen. Parallel to the Kyoto negotiations over binding national targets, One Giant Leap proposed that the world’s largest economies should agree to jointly limit emissions from their electricity sectors. We called on the support of the global parkour community to galvanize the public and politicians in support of our campaign and on Saturday September 26th 3,688 parkour athletes staged events in 127 cities across 35 countries around the world, making this the largest participation event in the history of the discipline.
Our hub event was attended by the UK energy minister, Ed Miliband, and covered by a multitude of global press groups and The Guardian amongst others. Many events around the world successfully attracted press and broadcast media, including excellent TV coverage in Poland and in Spain.
The campaign produced policy briefings, online tools including a power sector emissions negotiation simulator, a national climate pledge comparer and a map of the most polluting electricity generators, A UNFCCC side event and a record-breaking global sporting event.
For parkour to be recognised at this level of European politics for it's efforts to improve the world is fairly amazing, and it's all down to the huge commitment, effort and ethical strength of the global parkour community... so this is in honour and respect of all of you, wherever you are training. An incredible achievement!