Episode #44 – Giulia Carbone, deputy director of the IUCN’s business and biodiversity programme, discusses the opportunities sports organisations can leverage by considering the natural environment
Covid-19 < Climate change < Biodiversity collapse.
The cartoon, in which each of the global problems is represented by a tidal wave, each one larger in size and looming over the Earth, will be quite widely-recognised by now.
According to the United Nations, the “ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever”, posing a significant threat to humans and all we find dear. Including sport.
Sport has an intrinsic relationship with nature. We play many sports on grass. We cycle and ski in the mountains. We swim and sail in lakes, rivers and seas. Recognising this, the IOC and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) teamed up to develop a number of guides to help the sports industry play its part in biodiversity protection.
This week, we sit down with Giulia Carbone, deputy director of the IUCN’s business and biodiversity programme, to discuss those guides and explore:
– How sports organisations can plan events and venues to cultivate a net biodiversity gain
– Why leagues, clubs and federations should create a natural environment strategy
– What the consequences are for sport if nature collapses further
Listen to the full episode here: