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In 2023 the 4Planet climate awareness movement achieved the following:

Over 5,800 registrations

40,000+ participants

600+ fundraisers

3.6million+ Australians & New Zealanders were reached by the month-long October 2023 campaign

Our History

4Planet, the Great Barrier Reef climate movement, started as the Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival in 2011 with a fundraising focus on front-line projects making a direct impact on the preservation of the Great Barrier Reef.
 
run4reef, as it was known, would soon attract a focus more on the message of climate change and the Great Barrier Reef than the running event itself. For the next decade mass reef bleaching, catastrophic fires and devastating floods made national headlines and forced the climate change conversation amongst climate scientists and politicians.
 
In 2023, run4planet took the climate conversation to everyday Australians inviting individuals to participate in a free and easy way. Free participation for all of us to better understand climate change and join in the climate conversation.
 
In 2024 the 4Planet movement invites all Australians to run, walk, ride, surf, eat, drink, learn and laugh 4planet in a fully inclusive local community social media climate awareness campaign. 

Join the movement.

Your free registration will achieve the following in under 30 seconds:

  • Makes you feel good 😀
  • Joins you to the Great Barrier Reef climate awareness movement
  • Supports a $ contribution to the Forever Reef and Reef Cooperative Projects
  • Invites you to make a personal pledge to reduce your own impacts
  • Invites you to dedicate a personal or social activity or exercise to climate action
  • Enters you to WIN a holiday to Port Douglas on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Sends you an official Certificate of Participation 
  • Provides access a free but limited Reefy (headscarf) take selfies and have fun!

run4planet is a free social movement across Australia and New Zealand where participants make a personal pledge or easily dedicate a personal exercise or social activity to climate action for climate relief.

In 2023 run4planet moves beyond a running event. You don’t need to run, you just need to care. 

In our busy lives, climate action can become lost in everyday life.

We're bringing the climate conversation to everyone.
Join the movement - make an impact.

run4planet participants are called CliM8tes. run4planet aims to engage 20,000 CliM8tes in 2023 with the support of dedicated city ambassadors located in 21 Australian and New Zealand communities.

run4planet is working with several national participation partners including reef tourism operators, reef charities, Reef Guardian Schools and Councils and social influencers.

In 2023 run4planet is supported by internationally renowned Coral Scientist Ove Hoegh-Guldberg and Australian running legend Steve Moneghetti.

The Climate Conversation

Understanding these terms will help you join the climate conversation!

What is climate change?
Change in our planet’s long-term average climate conditions.
 
What is climate action?
Efforts taken to combat climate change and its impacts.
 
What is climate relief?
A focus on the cost to humans and the environment from the effects of climate change
What is the climate crisis?
A reference to the urgency to take the actions required
 
What is climate awareness?
Efforts taken to educate and inspire individuals to take action

We are working with Great Barrier Reef charity organisations including Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef, GBR Legacy's Forever Reef Project and WWF Australia. Participants will be given the opportunity to fundraise via our official fundraising platform partner, Grassrootz.

What does registering do?

  • Every registration supports direct funding for the Forever Reef and Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef Projects.
  • An opportunity to participate yourself or with friends and dedicate an exercise or social activity to climate awareness and amplify this via your socials
  • A reason to make a personal pledge to reduce your impact on the climate and share with family and friends
  • An opportunity to support one of 3 leading reef charities
  •  Connects you this September & October with thousands of other Australian and New Zealanders across 21 cities who care about the climate
  • Enters you to WIN a holiday to the Great Barrier Reef
  • Sends you an official Certificate of Participation
  • An opportunity to collect a free Limited Edition Reefy (run4planet headscarf/buff) from one of 23 locations in Australia and New Zealand – Adelaide, Auckland NZ, Bendigo, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Canberra, Cairns, Freo, Geelong, Geraldton, Gold Coast, Hobart, Launceston, Melbourne, Moreton Bay, Murray Bridge, Perth, Port Douglas, Sunshine Coast, Sydney, Thursday Island, Townsville and Wellington NZ.

run4planet across Australia & New Zealand in 2023

run4planet is activating all across Australia and New Zealand in 2023 with the following partners. 

run4planet City Ambassadors
Ambassadors have been selected from 23 locations to engage with their communities. The run4planet movement is partnering with existing community events to show their participation and amplify the message throughout the community. 

Reef Guardian Schools
287 Reef Guardian School throughout Queensland have been selected to participate in the run4planet Climate Awareness Movement. Each school will receive a run4planet Participation Pack containing 30 Reefys for students to share their involvement.

Reef Guardian Councils
19 Reef Guardian School throughout Queensland have been selected to participate in the run4planet. Each council receives a run4planet Participation Pack containing 10 Reefys for staff to share their involvement. 

Reef Tourism Operators
Australia’s two largest Reef Tourism Operators, The Quicksilver Group and Experience Co across 10 vessels are participating in the run4planet Movement. Everyday for over a month in September and October passengers are participating in the run4planet Great Barrier Reef climate movement. 

Social Influencers
20 plus social influencers across all sports and industries are doing their bit to help amplify the run4planet Climate Movement inviting followers to participate in this free but effective climate action. 

Reef and Conservation Charities
run4planet is in partnership with 3 global reef charities. Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef, GBR Legacy’s The Forever Reef Project and WWF Australia are supporting the run4planet climate movement across all of their networks.  

Your Questions Answered

First up, your registration is already making a difference. run4planet is working with two very special reef restoration projects where direct funding support has been committed to the front-line project.

Secondly, individuals, schools, clubs, councils, organisations, and companies can further amplify their participation in the run4planet movement by taking part in an activity while wearing a Limited Edition Reefy (run4planet headscarf/buff) and posting any time during the month of September and October to social media tagging @run4planet and #run4planet.

Or if you want to participate by making a personal pledge to reduce your impact on the climate and share with family, friends and tag our socials, we encourage this. A small and simple change can make all the difference.

Whatever you like to do! You can dedicate your morning dog walk, your spin class, your footie training, your game of golf – if you register in one of 23 locations around Australia collect a Limited Edition Reefy, snap a photo and upload it to socials and tag @run4planet and #run4planet.

Are you the organiser in the family, workplace or friend group? We love you!

Register as many people as you want to participate with you in the run4planet movement. Collect Reefys for everyone, there is a limited number so work quickly and organise something for you all to do, a lunch or breaky or morning walk or anything you all love to show your participation and get snapping and posting.

Even the smallest change can help to make a difference –avoid plastic straws or plastic packaged products, use dishwashing tablets that don’t contain nasty chemicals or commit to more public transport. We want you to take a look at your habits and find a way you can make a small change to make an impact and share it with us on socials, tag @run4planet and #run4planet.

A limited amount of Reefys are located around Australian and New Zealand. We’ve got local run4planet ambassadors in place in 23 locations. Check out our socials for updates on these locations – @run4planetorg #run4planet

Locations include: 

Adelaide, Auckland NZ, Bendigo, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Canberra, Cairns, Central Coast, Geelong, Geraldton, Gold Coast, Hobart, Launceston, Melbourne, Moreton Bay, Murray Bridge, Perth, Port Douglas, Sunshine Coast, Sydney, Thursday Island, Townsville and Wellington NZ.

You hit that big blue ‘register now’ button and leave your details. It’s free, takes less than 30 seconds and by registering you are directly making a climate action by supporting coral reef restoration an. Oh and once you’re registered, you’re officially a CliM8te!

We want CliM8tes to spread the word, encourage your friends and families to get involved, register and take part in social activities wearing your Reefys together!

run4planet’s mission is to raise climate relief awareness and funds to support effective Great Barrier Reef coral restoration projects. Registering directly supports our investment in coral restoration and sends a direct message to Australian state and federal governments that we ‘all’ care about the effects of climate change and the Great Barrier Reef.

Once you register, you will have the opportunity to set up a fundraising page to further support coral restoration projects for the Great Barrier Reef.

Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef and GBR Legacy and WWF Australia.

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