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What Sport Aid can teach us about dealing with climate change doom

What difference does changing your lifestyle actually make in the grand scheme of things? Why do anything, if we’re all doomed anyway?”

In a recent survey, 10,000 young people were asked about climate change. 75% said the future of the world was frightening, while more than 50% said they thought humanity was doomed.

Feelings of shame, fear, anger, guilt and frustration have even been given a name: climate anxiety. And it’s on the rise.

‘Do something – even if it’s small’, is a call-to-action that just doesn’t connect with most of us. 

‘What’s the point, if i’m the only one doing it?’

But, on May 25th 1986, before the internet, social media and mobile phones, millions of people around the world, who felt similar feelings of shame, anger, guilt and frustration...

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‘I care about the climate but my dad works in the oil industry’

Stephanie is concerned about the impact burning fossil fuels has on climate change. But her dad Andrew is a senior employee at BP and worked in the oil industry for more than 20 years.

The 13-year-old from Surrey questions: “Does this mean he doesn’t care about my future? Does this mean by default that I don’t care about the planet?”

Climate change is a hot topic at home. While Stephanie worries about the Earth’s future, she hopes BP’s sustainability commitments could make her dad part of the solution.

You can find stories by other young people on the BBC Young Reporter website.

With thanks to the Gaia art installation by Luke Jerram and Creative Barking and Dagenham.

Video by Jamie Moreland

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av-embeds/58522466

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Video 6 in my series to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Sport Aid and Run the World.

It was May 24th, the day before the Race Against Time. Buckingham Palace, Prince Charles, Princess Diana and Concorde – quite a day. Then, Geldof saying he wasn’t coming!!!

Extracts from “I RAN THE WORLD” by Chris Long

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Video 5 in my series to commemorate the 35th Anniversary of Sport Aid and Run the World.

The Race Against Time was getting closer and my stress levels were getting higher. Extracts from ‘I Ran The World’ by Chris Long.

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VIDEO 4 IN SERIES TO COMMEMORATE THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF SPORT AID AND RUN THE WORLD

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Video 3 in series to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Sport Aid and Run the World

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Video 2 in series to commemorate the 35th anniversary of sport aid and Run the World

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35 Years Ago

On May 25th, 35 years ago, 20 million people in 89 countries took to their streets to run 10k in protest and to demand action for the famine victims of Africa.

Chris Long, the founder and organiser of sport Aid and Run the World wants us to remember what happened back then – before the internet, social media and mobile phones – and ask ourselves what we should and could do now, in a world that should seek change more than ever.

This week, as a special celebration of the 35th anniversary of Sport Aid, Chris is reading extracts from his book – ‘I Ran the World’ in a series of 7 videos, to help remember what is possible.

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Prelude

The British Airways Jumbo thumped the runway at Heathrow. I looked up, half asleep and gazed out of the window. Rivulets of rain were pushing across the glass in an uncharted fashion as they tried to make their way to the bottom. It reminded me a lot of my journey over the past year.
It was cold, grey and overcast – a fairly typical warm welcome to London. The plane braked hard and then veered off the runway to find its nominated stand space among its brothers and sisters.
I was exhausted . . . knackered . . . fucked.
This was my second New York roundtrip of the week and everything I had worked so hard for rested on the next few hours.
I had gone over the pitch a thousand times during the very short night but still felt really nervous.
This has to work.
I had no luggage – just a small bri...

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I RAN THE WORLD

This is the cover of the book 'I Ran the World' by Chris Long

For the next few weeks I’m going to give you all an insight into my new book – ‘I Ran The World‘ – with some chapters, photographs, videos and some extra juicy bits of information you definitely don’t know.

For those of you who have followed me for some time on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, you will know that I truly believe we can all affect the world in which we live. We do not have to just accept the status quo, sit back and watch policymakers shape a world they think we want to live in.

Change the World

Global populations grow quickly, wars and hostility continue to rage, refugees are constantly displaced and religion continues to divide us. Stubborn disbelievers ignore the reality of climate change, melting glaciers and warming oceans...

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