The intersectional nature of climate, social and racial justice — and how sports can play a role in spurring positive change — was the focus of “Leveling The Playing Field: Sports & Climate Justice”, an engaging panel discussion sponsored by EcoAthletes as part of the recently-concluded Climate Week NYC 2020.
According to the Yale Center on Climate Change Communications, climate justice is “a term, and more than that a movement, that acknowledges climate change can have differing social, economic, public health, and other adverse impacts on underprivileged populations.”
“Leveling The Playing Field: Sports & Climate Justice” delved into how sports and the athletes who play them can make a difference in bringing this issue to the fore. Panelists also discussed the intersectionality of climate justice, social justice and racial justice.
Environmental justice expert and Lotus Advisory Managing Director Kunal Merchant moderated the conversation.
The All-Star panel lineup consisted of Chris Dickerson (ex-MLB outfielder and founder of Players For The Planet), Roger McClendon (executive director, Green Sports Alliance), Midge Purce (USWNT and Sky Blue FC forward, recently elected to Harvard’s board of overseers on a “Climate Forward” platform), and Jenny Vrentas (senior writer at Sports Illustrated; EcoAthletes advisory board member).
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