Adventure filmmaker James Levelle is on the final stage of his quest to travel the 7000 miles from London to Chile’s capital of Santiago by 2nd December.
Levelle was attempting to carry messages of support for climate action to the UN’s COP25 Climate Summit in Santiago. However, while half way across the Atlantic on a hundred-year old sailing boat word reached him that due to the ongoing anti-government protests and violent supression thereof in Chile the summit had been moved to Madrid. After much soul searching Levelle decided to hold to his promise and press onto Santiago to meet the Citizen’s COP that is still planned to be held there. Landing in Uruguay on 14th November he will now attempt to cross the continent by a mixture of bicycle, horseback and foot.
Levelle was inspired to attempt this behemoth journey while filming for the BBC on surviving the world’s largest hurricanes. When he was nearly killed by Hurricane Michael, the third largest hurricane to make landfall in American history, he was made brutally aware of the realities of climate change and decided to set upon this voyage. Commenting on his experiences filming in the wild he said, ‘I’ve been punched in the face by a wolf and damn near died in a hurricane… I know not to mess with Mother Nature’.
He set off from the English south coast by boat to France from where he made his way by bike to Seville where a tall ship awaited to take him to Montevideo in Uruguay. ‘The race to the finish in South America is going to be insanely difficult’ he said adding ‘I need as many good people as possible to get involved by helping fund this mission to deliver the videoed voices of the next generation to the politicians in power at the climate conference’.
If you wish to support James or add your voice to those he is carrying to Santiago the website is here https://raceforfuture.com/