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Calling the shots: Sports and the European Green evolution

Calling the shots: Sports and the European Green evolution

Surfrider Europe invites you to join a two-day online conference to understand the current state of sustainability in sports and create a dialogue on how to move forward.


Tue, 05/25/2021 to Wed, 05/26/2021

Sport: A key actor on environmental issues
Green sport is a key topic under the European Union Work Plan for Sport (Jan 2021 – June 2024). This reflects an increasing awareness across Europe of the impact of sport on environmental issues and the need for sport to improve in terms of its environmental performance.

At all levels, there are examples of good environmental practices from sport organisations. However, these initiatives are often isolated. Consistency and consolidation, therefore, are key challenges to address in the future. More than ever, climate action and protecting the biodiversity are crucial for the recovery of our society; it is therefore paramount to support them in a harmonized and coherent approach.

From sports athletes and sports federations to tournament sponsors, from Members of the European Parliament and member state governments to cities and local authorities, the European world of sport must stand as one for a greener practice of sport.

How sport practices have an impact on environment? What is the situation in 2021?

Created by surfers 30 years ago and committed to improving green practices at a European level, Surfrider Foundation Europe invites you to take stock on the main pillars of green sport. Discussing topics varying from waste reduction and managing the carbon footprint to adaptation to climate change, the event will give the floor to a diverse set of European and international stakeholders working to enhance green sports and will allow leaders of green sport initiatives to highlight their contribution to a brighter future.

A two-day online event

Presented by the European sports journalist Anne-Laure Bonnet  and supported by the French Ministry of Sports, the conference will be introduced by Roxana Mārācineanu, the French delegated Minister of Sports, who will contextualize the importance of this issue with France preparing to host the Olympic Games in 2024, an event expected to be a model of sustainability and environmental excellency.

Designed to be inclusive and be accessible to all persons, this English-spoken event will also be available in International Sign Language.

Surfrider Foundation Europe is a non-profit organization which aims to protect and showcase the importance of lakes, rivers, the ocean, waves and coastlines. Created in 1990, it now has over 15,000 members, and is active in 12 countries with 49 volunteer-run branches and 5 local offices. It has recognized authority in three areas of expertise – marine litter, water quality and public health, and coastal management and climate change.


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