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How football can help the climate crisis

How football can improve the climate crisis


COP26 took places from 31st Oct to 12th Nov this yearEden Keily-Thurstain

The opening statement of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) technical report, published back in August, is: “It is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean and land”. For a report written exclusively by scientists, the use of the word ‘unequivocal’ should be surprising to us all. It’s a decisive term that tends to be avoided in the scientific community because it leaves little room for doubt. The report was completed on time. COP26The, which began at 31/10/2011 – a summit in which world leaders meet together to discuss the disastrous effects of the climate crisis as well as what can be done for the planet to reverse the seemingly irreparable damage.

This summit is not just for world leaders. It is open to all commercial industries that are directly affected by climate change, including sport. Extreme weather and rising temperatures are making outdoor sports more dangerous, especially in tropical countries. This year’s Tokyo Olympics was a prime example of a sporting event that was hugely governed by the heat. The heat was a major problem for athletes who complained about the conditions. hottestRecent Olympics Games. The times of matches for the Tokyo tennis tournaments were movedThe marathon was held in the evening and at night to accommodate players. changedYou should seek cooler temperatures and avoid the heat.

“What we need is more than just Adidas and Paul Pogba releasing the first vegan boot”

Other matches in the 2019 Rugby World Cup were also broadcast. postponedTyphoon Hagibis in India and earlier droughts in India caused the flooding. renderedDue to the scorched playing surface in 2016, Indian Premier League cricket was unable to continue. Flooding is a major problem in the United Kingdom. It was already a problem in cricket with the scorched playing surfaces back in 2016. floodingIn stadiums. By 2050, it’s estimated that almost one in four English football league grounds can expect flooding every year.

It would be naive to think that sport is simply a victim of the climate crisis – sport is a minor contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. When looking at the effects that sport has on the environment, it’s easy to target the behaviour of football, as it’s the largest sport in the world and, consequently, is responsible for about half of the industry’s emissions. Commercial sport is more generally responsible for the environment’s effects. contributes approximately 0.8% of the world’s carbon emissions. That 0.8% may not seem like much, but it’s similar to the overall emissions of countriesLike Spain, Thailand, Poland, and Thailand, these countries are not getting a pass on exacerbating climate crisis.

Football, as the world’s biggest and arguably most influential sport, has the ability to set an example to its fans and other sports. There are approximately 60% of football’s carbon footprint comes from spectators travelling to matches. FIFA has taken this into account. plans to make next year’s Qatar World Cup carbon neutral, primarily by offsetting fan travel . FIFA should examine its hypocrisy given Qatar’s position as the most polluted country in the world. pollutingNation per capita in the entire world

“It would be naive to think that sport is simply a victim of the climate crisis”

Without examining Forest Green Rovers, the most prominent environmental group in the world, it is impossible to discuss football and climate change. eco-friendlyThe best football club in the world. The League Two club is a unique example of how an organization can succeed while putting sustainability first and foremost. It is currently the only fully vegan football team. Their 100% vegan club is currently in existence. energy usage is from renewables – 20% from solar panels and 80% from the grid, specifically a nearby windmill.

The majority of their players driveElectric cars are available, and the parking lot at the stadium has charging points to make it easier for fans to access them. The materialTheir shirts are made from sustainable resources like bamboo and coffee grounds. Even the pitchOrganic because they don’t use chemical pesticides and synthetic fertilisers. Water drained from the ground can be captured and reused. Next plan: an all-wooden stadium. Every aspect of this football team has been designed to reduce its carbon footprint. Forest Green Chairman Dale Vince is widely praised for his initiatives, which he initiated after being elected to the board. taking overThe struggling club was back in 2010.

Vince recently spoke to The Athletic about his early years as a president. He discovered that supporters were difficult to convince and are resistant to change. This was especially true when the club became vegan. While food was an emotional issue for many fans, it became something that people enjoyed and took pride in. Due to the pressure from fans, other clubs have started to offer more vegan options on match day. Vince recently explained to us that when it comes down to running a sustainable team, there are two main factors you need to consider. These are transport and energy. His club is now focusing on the last part of their transformation, the use of an electrical bus.

Take inspiration from Forest Green, German top flight club Wolfsburg undertookThey did an astonishingly thorough analysis of their carbon footprint in 2018, back in 2018. In 2018, they did a shockingly detailed analysis of their carbon footprint. They discovered that 60% of their carbon was linked to fan travel and that 18.8% was due to energy usage and heating. Only 2.9% of their emissions were attributed to ‘employee movement’, which mostly represents travel for the players. This report has outlined that the way to lower football’s carbon footprint is to adjust the fans’ patterns of behaviour, which is where the influence of football’s ruling organisations must come into play.

Sport is not the same as concrete industry. In absolute terms, it’s a fairly small contributor to the planet’s greenhouse gas emissions. However, sport has extraordinary power over vast swathes of the world’s population. Football has the potential to change the world through its large platform. What will it take to get the larger teams to see beyond short-term success and make the kind of changes Forest Green has made? It will only happen if both high-profile teams and playersIf we are to see the enormous impact football can have in changing the course and addressing the climate crisis, it is important that we publicly propose possible solutions. We need more than Adidas and Paul Pogba. releasingThe first vegan boot.


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