News: Human-powered Collective Adventure, ‘Paddle Power’ Raises Funds for Renewable Energy

18th September 2018

Two women kayak from Glasgow to Edinburgh to raise funds and awareness for renewable energy.

Two women embarked on a mighty kayak challenge from Glasgow to Edinburgh over the weekend to raise funds and awareness for renewable energy.

Clemence Cocquet, Founder & CEO of Scapa Fest, The UK’s Yoga and Adventure Festival and Ambassador Anna Neubert-Wood kayaked 54 miles from Glasgow to Edinburgh on the Forth & Clyde and Union Canal and arrived 45 minutes ahead of schedule. Taking place from the 14th – 16th September 2018 ‘Paddle-power’ kick-started the fundraising efforts for a 100% renewable energy powered Scapa Fest in 2019.

Believing in a better future and use of our planet’s resources, Clemence said: “Our goal is to replace diesel generators with solar, wind, hydro energy and biofuels. The issue is that in Scotland, it’s not as easy as picking a supplier and rolling with it because at the moment, there are no temporary renewable energy supplier for events in Scotland. Our plan is to create our own, cause a chain-reaction and pave the way for other events like this in Scotland.”

Carrying Clem and Anna’s sleeping bags, tent and food, and recording the adventure with photos and videos was Scapa Fest’s volunteer, Elena Lambreva. Elena joined the adventure on her bike, cycling alongside the kayaks from Glasgow to Edinburgh.

Offering guidance and support in achieving Scapa’s goals is Resource Efficient Scotland. Launched in 2013 and delivered by Zero Waste Scotland, they help organisations reduce costs by saving energy and water, reducing raw materials use and managing waste efficiently.

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