UEFA Calls Attention to the ‘Significant Issue’ of Making Sport Sustainable

By Climate Action Programme

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UEFA, football’s governing body in Europe, has released a new report emphasising the urgent need to make sport more sustainable.

The report, called Playing for our Planet, was produced with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and contains examples of how making the transition to sustainability is both necessary and comes with major benefits.

The upsides of embedding sustainability include reduced costs from efficiency savings; reduced impacts from climate change; and greater innovation in infrastructure and operations.

Sport has a unique ability to engage tens of millions of people around the world; the report makes clear that if clubs and institutions accelerate their efforts then their reach will be “unparalleled”.

However, as the report makes clear few sports bodies “can truly say they are tackling sustainability in full.” World Sailing is one of them, and it has created a sustainability strategy with clear objectives. These are underlined by three pillars: environmental, social and economic. Its work to incorporate sustainability across all associations within its 146 member countries recently earned the federation an international accreditation.

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GYC presents Operation Earth: Project Green

By The Galt Herald

Annika Krusche, exchange student from Marburg, Germany, works on a project for the Galt Youth Commission annual art exhibit.

Annika Krusche, exchange student from Marburg, Germany, works on a project for the Galt Youth Commission annual art exhibit.

The Galt Youth Commission (GYC) and all its exhibiting artists invite you to come and experience a thought-provoking interactive exhibit and interpretive centers this Friday, April 20 from 5 – 8 p.m. at the Littleton Community Center. Admission is free and open to everyone – families of all ages, interests and backgrounds.

Last summer, members of the Galt Youth Commission (GYC) attended the Youth Sports and Climate Summit as a part of the 2017 Green Sports Alliance held at Golden One Stadium in Sacramento. During this visit, the youth commissioners came to realize the great impact we all have on our planet and how humans, young and old, can change the consequences of environmental degradation.

As the GYC was selecting a theme for this year’s Teen Art Exhibit, all of the commissioners agreed that by sharing the lessons they learned and involving our whole community, elementary to high school and those long out of high school, maybe they could effect change in Galt to make it a better, healthier place.

Led by Celio Gonzalez, a first year GYC member, commissioners have been creating and collecting submissions from schools and students – some from groups and some from individuals.

“Teachers have really engaged in this activity with their students”, Gonzalez said. “They have developed projects for their classrooms and taken ownership of the theme.”

From robots to flying jellyfish to virtual reality, each piece has been developed to help the community and its youth think about the choices they make and alter their behavior to improve the condition we live in.

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See How the Giants are Cleaning up the Planet with Every Pitch

By Bryan Murphy

Photo by NASA via Getty Images

Photo by NASA via Getty Images

Today’s Earth Day, a day that reminds us that every bit of waste we make causes unknowable misery for flora and fauna somewhere else in the world. That straw I used to drink my iced coffee with no doubt wound up in a tortoise’s nose. The phone I’m going to use later to read your comments underneath this article not only causes suicides at the factory where it was made, but creates toxic earth that no doubt finds its way into water tables. Sorry about that! I’m a monster!

Human beings just make a mess wherever they go. And we work really hard to make sure we have to do the bare minimum to clean up after ourselves, even affecting laws to make sure we can just dump waste into the ocean. In recent years, the idea of “being green” has been built up as good public relations, and a lot of organizations have done some work to make the appeal to Money that sustainability efforts can also help reduce costs. The San Francisco Giants have, in particular, have heeded the clarion call for responsible energy use and waste management and are one of baseball’s leaders in this area.

Baseball stadiums generate a lot of waste, and not just wasted time between pitches, pitches that are wasted by hitters fouling them off, or wasted scoring opportunities. Think about all the containers your food comes in, all the souvenir packaging, foam fingers, electricity, etc. etc. It feels overwhelming to think about it all, but the Giants have developed some initiatives to deal with the sheer tonnage of waste generated every single time a scheduled game is played.

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