Extreme E, the revolutionary electric off-road racing series, has revealed its Legacy Programme plans in Saudi Arabia, confirming it will support turtle conservation along the Red Sea coastline in association with Ba’a Foundation, an organization that focusses on conserving the environment through initiatives entailing preserving endangered species, natural habitats, and historical sites.
The inaugural season of Extreme E gets underway in Saudi Arabia this weekend with ninth teams and 18 drivers including 2009 Formula One world champion Jenson Button set to compete.
Speaking about the new initiative, Alejandro Agag, founder and CEO of Extreme E commented saying:
I’m really pleased Extreme E can support this crucial legacy initiative in Saudi Arabia. This series is of course about thrilling racing, but we are also shining a spotlight on climate and environmental crisis’ happening all over the world and trying to make a lasting difference.
“The Red Sea is home to some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world and we have worked closely with the Ba’a Foundation to identify this important project based around endangered sea turtle conservation; a truly worthy and exciting initiative that will start receiving our support immediately.”
Extreme E will be supporting the turtle conservation through beach fencing, beach management and monitoring, careful nest relocation and, ultimately, improvements such as raising the level of the beaches to a suitable height with imported sand for turtle nesting and successful egg hatching, as well as education.
Bader Alrabiah, Executive Director at Ba’a Foundation said:
“We are delighted to collaborate with Extreme E on this exciting project which demonstrates our commitment to Kingdom values in embracing the future while also preserving our culture and protecting our environment.
“Saudi Arabia is home to both a very young population which is eager for world class events and sporting activities. However, it also has a natural habitat for some of the most beautiful and rare species such as the endangered turtles we are trying to protect through this unique and creative initiative. This initiative is part of a full program at Ba’a Foundation to conserve marine life in both Saudi coasts – Red Sea and Arabian Gulf”.
Veloce Racing driver Jamie Chadwick commented saying:
“The Legacy Programmes are integral to the series and myself and the Veloce Racing team are wholeheartedly supportive and committed to playing our part. We are fully embracing this Legacy Programme in Saudi Arabia and we look forward to seeing the positive results.
“It’s been great speaking to the scientists and learning more about the issues in this region. I just hope that our learnings and our actions really help to make a tangible difference. Whilst we are here to race and win, we are also here to help facilitate and communicate vital changes that need to be made. We need to do this together; we need to drive change.”