Global Footprint Network is advancing the science of sustainability by engaging with governments and other institutions to measure and track their Ecological Footprint. We also know the importance of making sustainability accessible and exciting to the widest number of people. That’s why we are thrilled with the Sky Race World Cup—it provides a fresh and energetic, as well as beautiful, way to symbolize our striving towards sustainability (and ending ecological overshoot).
The Skyrace will feature twenty sailplanes that race 200-300 kilometers through spectacular and remote regions. By emphasizing our reliance on the sun and wind and the potential for further harnessing that power, the Sky Race World Cup transforms a sophisticated engine-less aerial world championship into an inspirational and fun way to envision a future where humanity thrives within ecological limits.
Planetaire, the promoters of the Skyrace, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to create a pilot for a TV documentary series called “Wings Over Sweden” (in Swedish: Vingar över Sverige). If adopted, the series will be broadcast in Sweden and internationally, and will follow four sailplane pilots who aspire to represent Sweden in the Skyrace World Cup. Pilots race their sailplanes at speeds nearing 300 kmh, powered only by solar and wind energy.
Four non-profits dedicated to sustainability will appear in the promo film in connection with one of the four pilots, with the support of the Kickstarter community. Global Footprint Network is one of the organizations, chosen from a shortlist of twenty-two. The airing of the TV series has the potential to boost the profile of Ecological Footprint work across the world. The other non-profits are Birdlife, Green Cross and Skärgårds.