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Challenging the Thinking That Sport Cannot Contribute to Climate Change

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Challenging The Thinking That Sport Can Not Contribute To Climate Change

If you’re like most people, you probably know at least a little about the connection between sport and climate change – that there’s no need to worry too much about the latter because sport can help us deal with it through exercise and encouraging people to reduce their carbon footprint by switching to renewable forms of energy. But why does this myth persist when so many studies have shown that sport actually contributes to climate change? Let’s take a look at some reasons why we should reconsider our belief that sport helps us combat climate change.

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Can Sport Contribute To Climate Change?

While recent discourse in international development (ID) has focused on how sport for development can respond to extreme weather events such as flooding, droughts and heat waves, it is not only humanitarian assistance organizations and philanthropic bodies which believe that sport can provide solutions. There is a growing awareness that environmental issues should be incorporated into every sector of society; whether via policy changes or behavior modification through social engineering, people around the world are becoming more aware of their impact on natural resources. A prime example is found in football: In 2015, Chelsea FC announced its partnership with The Climate Group’s #green11 initiative; an idea inspired by an exhibition match between eleven youth teams from Africa and Europe who played each other wearing green jerseys.

How Does Sport Help?

Recognizing our contribution to global warming is important, but it’s equally as vital to know how we can reverse or mitigate those effects. By consuming less energy and reducing our carbon footprint through small actions like walking more often or taking public transportation, we can collectively become a greener society. If you’re a member of an organized sports team, you already have part of your answer—showing up for practice each week drastically cuts down on your energy use by eliminating travel time. But it’s not just about getting people on bikes and in stadiums; it’s also about getting them involved with solutions. For example, if you play basketball and identify a problem like litter around local courts, don’t just ignore it—get together with other players to fix things! Sport may seem trivial when compared to scientific issues like climate change. However, there are many ways individuals can get involved by volunteering their skills at non-profits that work toward solving some of our biggest challenges. You'll make your city better in the process while making lasting connections with other passionate volunteers who want their voice heard too!


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A Sense Of Belonging

A Little Sport Goes A Long Way - Many people find a sense of belonging in their respective team. It could be anything from fitness enthusiasts, who want to be fit and stay healthy, all the way up to recreational athletes. Even some sports such as horseback riding, cross-country skiing and swimming can help you feel like you belong somewhere. People find reasons they enjoy partaking in activities they are passionate about, whether it is for fun or even a job. But have you ever thought about how your passion for being active is being a part of making an impact on climate change? The answer may surprise you! You may also find other ways that could lead us into ways we can all make changes which will benefit not only ourselves but future generations too. Some forms of exercise with these connections include: cycling, golfing and cricket.Amateur Sports Leagues Have A Massive Environmental Impact - According to an interview given by Mark Dyble, associate professor at Oxford University’s Department of Zoology, The relationship between professional sports leagues and climate change is understudied; especially when looking at broader environmental impacts. He further explains what most of us already know: professional sporting events require tons upon tons of paper products such as programs, tickets, advertisements and generally anything else printed for game day purposes. Especially if those sporting events are held outside.

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More Global Action Is Needed, But Individual Sports Players Are Contributing Too

The scale of global climate change is enormous. As such, most people focus on individual actions or larger-scale policy and do not consider how an individual sport can directly combat rising temperatures. But if every man, woman, and child in one country did a daily set of crunches for one minute each day for a year, that country would burn around 7 million kilowatt hours (kWh) less electricity annually. That's enough to power 2,800 homes for a month; plus help shave off at least 0.06 degrees Fahrenheit from rising global temperatures due to reduced energy use. While individual sports players may not save as much energy as those performing exercises daily, they are helping out too. I've already seen some players getting involved with training programs by planting trees for certain scores or wearing shirts made from recycled plastic bottles after games. These types of projects will only become more common in coming years if athletes keep leading by example. They should even be encouraged to take small steps such as using reusable water bottles when possible or practicing environmentally-friendly transportation choices like biking or walking instead of driving cars when it's feasible. It all helps make a difference! Even small contributions made by many over time add up to bigger changes than any single athlete could achieve alone.

The Role Of Governments And NGOs In Promoting Sport For Climate Action

Why It’s Important For Everyone: Many will disagree, but Moneyball is better than real baseball in many ways, and it's proof that we can successfully foster competition without having to spend as much money. By being smarter about how we budget for competition, governments and NGOs can help promote sport for climate action in a cost-effective way. And since governments care about saving money just as much as anybody else does, having a financial case makes it easier for them to support initiatives like these. Governments can also play an important role by supporting existing organizations like Sport Accord and UNEP FI's GreenSport program. They are helping find sponsorships, provide resources and facilitate communication between all those parties so we have more people working together on these issues. These types of partnerships already exist in many places around the world, with success stories that point towards a bright future for anyone promoting sport for climate action. Look at some examples where things are already happening—you'll be surprised at what you'll see! This Sounds Great...But How Do I Get Involved? You've now seen some of my ideas and what I'm proposing (i.e., when taken collectively, they show exactly how you could use your business plan to address climate change). It might seem overwhelming or confusing, but with each idea comes another opportunity to make a difference!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Ghulam Nabi Memon

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