27 Jul HOW DO ATHLETES IMPACT OUR ENVIRONMENT?
It is a well known fact that climate change is happening all over the world. The current warming is happening at a rate not seen in the past 10,000 years. From global temperature rise to melting ice sheets, the evidence of a warming planet is haunting.
Around the world, sporting events have felt the effects of rising temperatures and increased drought conditions. While some countries, such as Singapore, may be protected from major natural disasters, the increase in temperature and precipitation will impact both competitive and recreational athletes’ ability to participate in many sports and affect people of all ages and backgrounds. The silver lining in this is, countries and major organisations are aware about the dire situation and have been taking actions to combat it. For example, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) aims, by 2030, to make the games carbon negative.
MetaSport has also formally joined the Sports for Climate Action Initiative and committed to adhere to the following five principles: undertake systematic efforts to promote greater environmental responsibility, reduce overall climate impact, educate for climate action, promote sustainable and responsible consumption and advocate for climate change through communication. Our hybrid events, such as the Green Dot Challenge, show how we could tailor our events to raise awareness of climate change and the importance of our natural resources.
So what can you do, as a professional or recreational athlete, to start protecting our planet? Driving conversations and promoting environmental sustainability are great first steps.
Other green initiatives include:
- Taking a recycled yoga mat to class
- Take all your rubbish with you when out running on paths and trails
- Choose an eco-friendly detergent when washing your training gear
- Air-dry your training gear rather than use the tumble dryer
- Cycle to training, or take public transport
- Use eco-friendly sunscreen when doing open water swims
Exercise in nature is an excellent way to appreciate what we need to be protecting. All small steps go a great distance. No effort is too small and it is never too late to begin your sustainability journey. Nelson Mandela once said, ‘Sport has the power to change the world.’ Together, let’s make a difference.