Clean Road Transport Day

Bias for Action: Communities Tackling Carbon Emissions

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Are you biased towards action against climate change? Attendees learned from community figures as they discussed how they have taken the initiative in engaging people and organisations to start their sustainability journey and reduce their carbon footprint.

This event covered:

  • How sport can lead from the front in the climate crisis while maintaining an elite standard
  • The sports industry’s power to inspire and encourage action in the fight against climate change
  • A case study of junior footballers working together to achieve sustainability status
  • The future of community engagement and how to get communities engaged with the climate emergency, alongside best practice examples and climate action plan.

Dale Vince joined as keynote speaker for this event. Dale talked about his green energy company Ecotricity and the importance of being carbon neutral and lowering emissions. As Club Chairman & Shareholder of Forest Green Rovers FC Dale will demonstrate how they are showing the world that sport can lead from the front in the climate crisis, while also maintaining high standards on the pitch. What being named the world's first UN certified carbon-neutral football club means to him and the exciting plans for the new iconic ‘Eco Park’ stadium, the first in the world to be made entirely from fire-resistant, engineered wood.

Dr Russell Seymour discussed how the sports industry can inspire and encourage action for the fight against climate change. With specific reference to exemplar case studies, the latest industry developments, insights and innovative strategies and solutions that minimise an environmental footprint. 

David Gent presented a local case study - South Cave Junior Football Club - as a prime example of a football club achieving sustainability status here in our region.

And finally, Rosa Bolger talked about the future of community engagement and how to get communities engaged with the climate emergency, with specific reference to active travel, best practice examples and climate action plans.

 

David Gent: “It is estimated that the carbon footprint of sport is almost as big as the airline industry.”

“We need to acknowledge, if there’s no planet, there’s no place to play.”

 

Dale Vince: “Often we feel overwhelmed by the scale of the problem, but every day we make spending decisions in three walks of life – how we get around, how we power our lives and how we sustain our bodies. Energy, transport and food make 80% of a person’s carbon footprint.”

“You can’t treat sustainability as a bolt-on, you have to build it into your fundamentals.”

“We can use sport to communicate on these issues, if you show people what the problems are and what can be done, they will pick that up. We show by doing, and we can see that it works.”

 

Rosa Bolger: "We all have to play our part, locally at a grass roots level and in the wider world. “There’s a widespread realisation that attacking the climate crisis at a local level really has a global impact.”

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