“Sport occupies an unusual place in society. It’s simultaneously public and private – something we do for our own personal health, but also a multibillion-dollar industry; both political and apolitical, accessible and exclusive.
This is also why sport straddles such interesting territory when it comes to both the climate and nature crises.
Champions for Earth, an organisation of athletes promoting environmental action, was formed for exactly this reason.
“Climate change affects us all, and in pursuing solutions we must bring as many people together as possible,” their mission statement reads. “We see sport as a piece of that puzzle: unifying people across race, age, gender, sex, religion and disability.”
But, sport, as a sector, is also a major contributor to the damage being done to our planet: from the greenhouse gases emitted from transporting equipment, athletes and fans all over the world, to the harm done to ecosystems by venue construction, high-density events and poor waste management.”
…within the next three decades:
David Goldblatt in Rapid Transition Alliance
- One quarter of English league football grounds will be at risk from flooding every season
- One in three British Open golf courses will be damaged by rising sea levels
- Half of previous Winter Olympic cities will be unreliable hosts of winter sports.