From Canada to Mexico: Anthony Battah’s Epic Ultramarathon for Monarch Butterflies
Today, November 1st, the Day of the Dead, Anthony Battah (@ultra-trail Monarque) is completing his ultra-marathon journey to the overwintering sites of the Monarch butterfly in the state of Michoacan, Mexico. 4500km (!!!!!) later, after setting out from the #Insectarium on his journey on July 29th last year. Anthony chose to recreate the Monarch butterfly’s migratory route to raise awareness about the Monarch butterfly and the environmental issues responsible for the decline of this once abundant species 25 years ago, which is now threatened in Canada.
This is an accomplishment that seemed impossible when he first told me about his project almost a year ago to the day. That’s exactly why the #Insectarium @espacepourlavie decided to support him in his endeavor because sometimes challenges like conserving the Monarch butterfly and the socio-ecological transition that is necessary for a better future for future generations can seem impossible for one person to achieve.
Anthony Battah’s initiative and the almost superhuman feat he will complete today once again show us that one step at a time, day by day, each of us and collectively, we can achieve great things.
Congratulations to Anthony Battah 4500 times for this incredible feat. This unique and inspiring endeavor will undoubtedly be a huge source of inspiration for other essential citizen initiatives that mobilize communities on a large scale, facilitating the ecological transition towards a more just, healthy, and sustainable human-nature connection.
For more information, here are the links to the Ultra-trail Monarque project: