Impact of sport on the environment to come under the microscope ahead of COP26 in Glasgow this November
The Sport Positive Summit has been included as one of the events marking the UK’s Year of Climate Action ahead of Glasgow hosting the COP26 Climate Change Conference in November.
Next month (17-18 March), more than 250 sports organisations will converge on Wembley Stadium (main image) to discuss and plan a low carbon future for the sports industry.
In collaboration with the UNFCCC and the IOC, the Sport Positive Summit will also showcase how teams, leagues and federations can educate and engage fans on the subject of climate change.
England international footballer Chris Smalling, Paris 2024 environmental excellence director Georgina Grenon and Pete Bradshaw, head of sustainability at Manchester City Football Club, are among the headline speakers.
Representatives from Formula 1, FIFA, UEFA, the IOC, NFL, Formula E and World Athletics will also feature on panel sessions focusing on renewable energy, plant-based food options, sustainable sourcing and air quality.
At the conclusion of the summit, the 100-or-so signatories to the UNFCCC’s Sports for Climate Action Framework will convene to discuss their respective journeys towards carbon neutrality.
Sport Positive founder and chief executive, Claire Poole, said the inaugural event and COP was a “natural fit”.
“Sport is a universal and incredibly important component in our lives either as participants or spectators; within our culture and for our health,” she said. “The potential for sport to reduce its own impact on the climate and engage fans to do the same is incredibly powerful, so bringing our work under the banner of ‘Year of Climate Action’ ahead of such an important COP is a natural fit.”
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