COP 26

A Plethora of Sports-Centric Sessions At COP 26


Given the urgency of the 1) need for real climate action, and 2) the pressure on delegates to make real progress, GreenSportsBlog will be reporting on the sports community’s presence at the COP 26 global climate conference, which starts November 1st in Glasgow.

We kicked off the series Monday with a look at how GreenBiz devoted a podcast segment as well as a guest post from yours truly to how the sports community is looking to have an impact at COP. 

Today, thanks to Claire Poole, Founder and CEO of Sport Positive Summit, we follow up with a schedule of the sports-themed programming that will take place at COP, including a “Pre-COP” event this Thursday. As you will soon see, Claire will not be sleeping much during the COP’s early days!

All events are listed are in UK Time¹. Click here to get up-to-date scheduling changes



Thursday October 28

COPtimism Sport Panel @ 3.55 – 4.40pm, The Blythswood Hotel

Register for free to view the live- stream

Session moderated by Claire Poole

Speakers include Helen Taylor, Ambassador, Forest Green Rovers; Alexandra Rickham, Paralympian Sailor, EcoAthletes Champion and advisory board member, Andy Snell, Director of Business Development, EFL Trust, David Duke MBE, Founder & CEO, Street Soccer Scotland and Chris Ramsey, Electric Vehicle Adventurer and Expedition Leader

Claire Poole: This session will explore how sport can drive forward the action that is needed to fix the climate emergency. 


Claire Poole (Photo credit: Sport Positive Summit)



Monday November 1st

Exploring Action and Ambition to make Sport More Sustainable @ 10.30 – 11.30am, Live from the COP26 Blue Zone

Register for free to view the livestream: 

Event chaired by Claire Poole

Speakers include Maree Todd MSP, Scottish Government Minister for Public Health, Women’s Health and Sport; Rune Arctander – Norges Idrettsforbund (Norwegian Sports Federation), Philip RussellAssistant Director of Sustainability, The R&A and others to be announced.

Claire: This session will include a high level panel exploring how sport can effectively contribute to tackling the climate emergency, as well as the role Government can play to support further action.


Maree Todd MSP (Photo credit: The National)




Tuesday November 2nd

Sport Positive Exhibition Booth @ All Day, COP26 Green Zone


Instagram Lives throughout the day: Follow @Sport_Positive

Expo hosted by Claire Poole

Guests throughout the day will join the live streams from the likes of UNFCCC, BBC, Champions for Earth and more. More info to follow.

Claire: Video reels, which will run on a large-screen TV, will show how sport is tackling climate globally.



Wednesday November 3rd

Extreme International Sport & Climate Day @ 10am – 6pm, Ferry on the Clyde

Website: (Live-streamed, link to be added)

First panel at 5am moderated by Claire Poole.

Speakers include Tottenham Hotspur legend Ledley King; Tom Gribbin, Co-Founder of Planet Super League, Julie Duffus, Senior Sustainability Leader at International Olympic Committee and Hannah Mills MBE, Double Olympic Champion and Founder, The Big Plastic Pledge.

Claire: The Extreme portion of the program will, not surprisingly, center on extreme sports. Our panel will dive into the role of sport, from elite to grassroots, in a climate-conscious world and what roles sport can play in climate solutions.


Ledley King celebrates scoring for Spurs vs. rival Arsenal in 2005 (Photo credit: Shaun Batter III)



How Sport Can Set the Pace for Climate Action @ 2 – 2.30pm, COP26 Blue Zone, Action Hub

Website: (Live streamed on the UNFCCC webcast page)

Moderated by Claire Poole.

Speakers to be confirmed.


UNFCCC Sports for Climate Action – On the Race To Net Zero @ 3 – 4.30pm, COP26 Blue Zone
(Live-streamed; link to come)

High level speakers and signatories of UNFCCC Sports for Climate Action join panels and presentations to raise awareness of progress and continue to increase action and ambition.


Athlete Activism Panel @ 5 – 6pm

(Live-streamed; link to come)

Panelists to include Dr. Maddy Orr, founder of Sport Ecology Group and Melissa Wilson, GB rower and core team member, Champions For Earth. Additional panelists to be named.



Thursday November 4

Live from COP26 – Sport & Climate: Match Fit? @ 11am – noon, Blue Zone & Online

Albert, the sustainable production company associated with BAFTA¹ presents this event with BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky and STV.

Claire: This live event will discuss how sports broadcasting can help combat the climate crisis.


How sport can help kick carbon, with Sky Sports @ 1.30 – 2.30pm, COP26 Green Zone, Cinema Auditorium


See how climate change will have an impact on sport, and how the immense power of sport can inspire change, with Sky Sports News presenter Mike Wedderburn and guests.

Claire: Attendees and streamers will get a first look at a new short form documentary created by Sky Sports – Cricket’s Climate Crisis. Those who will be there in person will be able to watch it in all its glory on the IMAX screen.


Mike Wedderburn (Photo credit: Sky Sports News)



Friday November 5th

How sport can help kick carbon, with Sky Sports @ 4 – 5pm, COP26 Blue Zone, UK Pavilion

Live-streamed, link to be added

Hosted by Sky Sports News presenter David Garrido.

Speakers include Ebony Rainford-Brent MBE, former English cricketer and Sky Sports presenter, Hannah Mills, 2X Olympic gold medalist for Team GB in sailing, founder of Big Plastic Pledge, and Martin Offiah MBE, former England rugby player.

Claire: The British Government and Sky, a COP26 Principal Partner, team up on an event about the immense power of sport in the global fight against the climate crisis, and creative ways to inspire behavior change.


Ebony Rainford-Brent (Photo credit: Ebony Rainford-Brent)



Saturday November 6th

Spirit of Football with Pledgeball @ 10 – 10.30am, COP26 Blue Zone, Action Hub


Live streamed on the UNFCCC webcast page



Sunday November 7th

The World COP Football Tournament @ 2 – 4pm, Toryglen Regional Football Center adjacent to Hampden Park


Claire: This will be a Fair Play Football round robin tournament facilitated by Spirit of Football. It will deliver a message of how football has the power to make a positive impact on climate.



Monday November 8th

Sport@COP Day of Action @ 1 – 6pm, Wood House


Streaming: available on the Sport@COP website

The Sport @COP Day of Action is an interactive, high-level training ground for the movers and shakers of the sports sector, huddling up for a one-day hybrid (virtual and in-person) summit shadowing the COP26 event

1 – 2.30pm: The Athletes Assembly: Professional and elite athletes will gather for a peer-to-peer session on athlete activism for climate change. The session will be exclusive to athletes (a ‘closed meeting’) and an opportunity to reflect, ask questions, learn, and network with peers. Athletes can join virtually; to get their spot, they’ll need to register at the Sport@COP website.

2.30 – 3pm: Sport Sustainability Showcase: Regional sport associations around the world on how they’re tackling sustainability and driving change.

3 – 4pm: Global Sustainable Sport Hackathon: Teams of university students from institutions around the world will submit their best ‘Sustainable Solution’ in 5-min video submissions.

4 – 6pm: Sport x SDG Challenge: Facilitated by world-leading sustainable sports pros and athlete climate activists. In the words of the Sport@COP organizers, “this high-energy huddle is the place for the movers and shakers of the new era of sports marketing campaigns.”



Tuesday November 9th 

Formula E: Change. Accelerated. @ 3 – 3.30pm, COP26 Blue Zone, Action Hub

Website: (Live streamed on the UNFCCC webcast page)

The Gist: Accelerating sustainable human progress through the power of electric racing

Led by Julia Palle, Formula E Sustainability Director


Julia Palle (Photo credit: Formula E)



Wednesday November 10

Formula E: Change. Accelerated. @ 1 – 2.30pm, COP26 Green Zone, Cinema Auditorium

Website: (Live streamed on the UNFCCC webcast page)

The Gist: Accelerating sustainable human progress through the power of electric racing

Led by Julia Palle, Formula E Sustainability Director


Visit the Sport Positive Summit COP 26 web page to get the latest updates on sports-related events in and around Glasgow.

¹ If you are not in the UK time zone, make sure you check to see the time difference between where you are and the British Isles on a given day during the first week of COP. The UK is turning the clocks back one hour this Sunday, October 31 but the USA and Canada don’t do so until the following Sunday, November 7. 



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