As Earth Month comes to a close, GreenSportsBlog offers a look at some of the interesting content on offer from the Green-Sports world.
CLIMATE COMMUNICATOR DR. KATHARINE HAYHOE, BREWERS PITCHER BRENT SUTER SPEAK AT ECOATHLETES EARTH DAY EVENT
Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, the Nature Conservancy’s chief scientist and one of the world’s best climate communicators, and Brewers pitcher and EcoAthletes Champion and advisory board member Brent Suter each gave talks, from their differing perspectives, and took questions about the power of athletes to spark a #ClimateComeback.
SPORT ECOLOGY GROUP HOSTS ITS SECOND ANNUAL EARTH WEEK PANEL SERIES
Sport Ecology Group, founded by Dr. Maddy Orr to share sports-sustainability research with a broader audience than traditional academic journals will allow, hosted its second annual Earth Week panel series. The British Association for Sustainable Sport (BASIS), the Sport Environment Alliance (SEA) which is active in Australia and New Zealand, and the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM)’s Student Board partnered with SEG to deliver insightful panels. Highlights included:
- A fireside chat with EcoAthletes Champion Lauren ‘Lu’ Barnes, captain of the NWSL’s OL Reign and the driving force behind the club’s groundbreaking greening efforts.
- The Future of Sport in Hotter Temperatures had a distinctly Down Under feel, which is understandable given how bushfires and extreme heat have impacted the Australian Open and other events in that country. It featured two Australian academics and a meteorologist.
- Sustainability In Pro Sports, moderated by Matthew Campelli of The Sustainability Report, delved into the state of the Green-Sports field from a trio of perspectives: academia (Dr. Brian McCullough, Co-Director of The Sport Ecology Group, Associate Professor at Texas A&M), marketing (Nyaniso Sam, Sport and Brand Communications Consultant) and entrepreneurship (Claire Poole, founder of Sport Positive).
“DROP,” DOCUMENTARY ON NECESSITY OF CLEAN WATER, SCREENED ON EARTH DAY BY PROTECT OUR WINTERS
Protect Our Winters hosted the world premiere of “Drop,” a new documentary by POW Alliance Member and fly-fishing guide Hilary Hutcheson. The film follows a drop of water from its source high in the mountains of Montana to its final destination, the Pacific Ocean.
Along the way, viewers meet the people who live, work and play on these rivers and who work tirelessly to ensure that these waters, and all they support, are healthy. Through this dedication, hard work and passion, Drop illustrates how the water connects us all.
PRINCETON CLUB EXPLORES GREEN-SPORTS WITH “IMPORTANCE OF THE INTERSECTION OF SPORTS & CLIMATE CHANGE” PANEL
Preaching beyond the ‘Green-Sports’ choir is a must for those who work in this niche. That the Princeton Club of New York, a 6,000+ member organization that offers a monthly selection of best-in-class cultural, social, and academic programming, decided to host “The Importance of the Intersection of Sports & Climate Change” on Earth Day Eve is an important step in the right direction.
Luminaries like New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner, film producer and actor Rob Reiner, and writer Jodi Picoult have spoken to Princeton Club NY audiences in recent years. Now, you can add EcoAthletes Champions Phoebe Champion (former pro water polo player turned sustainable vintner and a Princeton alum), Garry Gilliam (ex-NFL offensive lineman, now founder of The Bridge Eco-Village), and Amy Steel (Australian ex-pro netballer turned climate risk analyst) to that impressive group, as they formed the virtual panel that brought the Green-Sports discussion.