The rapid acceleration of the climate crisis threatens the future of major sporting events around the world, according to a report also said that the world’s sportsman in the industry is unable to resolve his own emissions.
The study found that in the years to come almost all sports – cricket, American football, tennis, athletics, surfing, golf – will face serious disruptions from heat waves, fires, floods and rising sea levels.
He also believed that globally, sport’s own carbon emission is equal to that of a medium-sized country, adding that sport administrators and stars have an important role to play in global efforts to fight the disruptive climate.
Andrew Simms, the Alliance’s Rapid Transition coordinator, who released the report, said: “Sport provides some of the most influential society in role models. If sport can change the way it works to act on the speed and scale needed to end the emergency climate, others will follow. ”
The report found that in the next three decades a quarter of the English football grounds will be at risk of flooding each season, one in three Britons to golf courses will be damaged by rising sea levels and the Winter Olympics will be an increasingly difficult stadium due to the rising temperatures.
He also highlighted that the climate crisis is already having an impact on major sporting events. Last year the Rugby World Cup was hit by a huge typhoon, this year the Australian Open tennis court was disturbed by the toxic fumes of smoke from devastating the country of bush fires.
Commenting on the results, Rosie Rogers, head of Green Recovery at Greenpeace, said: “With the sweltering heat, even sport cannot escape the climate emergency. But it’s also clear that the sector plays a role in feeding it. ”
As it re-emerged from the Covid-19 lockout industry had a chance to think about how to do it differently and what a “sport green recovery” looks like, she said.
“Whether it’s switching planes, trains, single-use plastic ditching or sponsorship cut fossil fuels, sport can show that it is on the winning side that we are taking the climate crisis over our heads. ”
The study found that hundreds of governing bodies, only five have a zero carbon pledge, with World Athletics, Formula 1 racing and the All England Lawn Tennis Club, which runs from Wimbledon, have promised to be carbon neutral by 2030.
The author of the report, David Goldblatt, said the sport should be done much more.
“Some human practices offer an extraordinarily broad, global and socially diverse group of supporters, such as those who play and after sport. Making carbon zero in the world of common sense the priority of the world of sport would be making a huge contribution to putting it in the right direction of the priority of any policy. ”
Jens Sejer Andersen, international director of Play the Game, the global organization for good governance in sport, said the report highlighted the need for the industry to take the lead in the fight against breakage.
“We have to be ready to review the ways we organize our events and tasks… But we will not stop here. Climate action must be an essential part of sport governance. ”
He said the climate crisis would be a central theme in hosting the next international conference in 2021.
“We will do our best to involve our global network of journalists, sport leaders, athletes and officials in the education of their game.”