Perspectives

The role of sport in mitigating climate change

What can sport do?

Climate change is a defining challenge of our time. As the damage and risk posed by man-made global warming continues to increase, all parts of society will need to play their part in tackling the climate crisis, including sport and sporting institutions.

Sport has an important role to play in tackling climate change, both at an elite and grassroots level. As one of the greatest convenors of people in our society, sport can play a role both in championing progress and leading by example.

In the last year, we have seen sport contribute positively to the campaign for racial equality and justice, particularly in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Sporting institutions have also contributed to the COVID-19 pandemic response through use of stadia as hospitals and testing centres. Now, there is the opportunity for sport to play a similarly impactful role on climate change.

In our latest insight piece, the Sports Business Group has collaborated with Sustainability Services to explore potential courses of action for sporting organisations to take in order to improve their impact on the planet.

This article also considers the reasons why climate change cannot be ignored by sport, and details sport’s key characteristic that give it a means to influence change. It views the issue of climate change through the eyes of each of sport’s key stakeholders and how they expect individuals and institutions to take a more conscious approach to climate action and sustainability more widely.

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