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World Cup Fans Encouraged to Offset Emissions with Ticket Giveaway

Travelling fans are expected to be responsible for 75% of the carbon emissions generated during the World Cup (Credit: Getty Images via FIFA)

Travelling fans are expected to be responsible for 75% of the carbon emissions generated during the World Cup (Credit: Getty Images via FIFA)

Ticket holders for this year’s FIFA World Cup have the chance of winning tickets for the final if they take part in a campaign to offset their carbon footprint.

As part of its Climate Action Campaign, the world football governing body will offset 2.9 tonnes of carbon emissions for every person that signs up by investing in projects that remove or prevent emissions.

Fans travelling to Russia for the tournament are expected to account for 74.7% of the 2.1 millions tonnes of carbon dioxide that the event is likely to generate.

Where emissions cannot be eliminated, FIFA and the local organising committee will fund other verified low-carbon projects in Russia and overseas.

World Cup ticket holders can sign up for the initiative at FIFA.com, and will instantly enter a prize draw for the tickets.

During the World Cup, fans will also be encouraged to use public transport, with their match tickets doubling up as transport tickets.

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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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