July has been massive for sports, from Wimbledon and the Open Championship in the UK, to the start of Lionel Messi’s MLS career in Miami, to the group stage of the Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
The sports media, in particular BBC World Service, the radio station with the world’s largest audience, also had a big month when it came to conversations about climate change and the games we play. Interviews with EcoAthletes Champions Kate Strong, Arianna Criscione, Susan Dunklee, and Jacquie Pierri all ran on BBC’s Sportshour this month.
The 90 Minute (soccer) podcast also spoke with Criscione, and our own GreenSportsPod did a deep dive with Pierri. And, the UK’s Sky Sports News aired an interview that featured sustainability consultant and EcoAthletes advisor Kristen Fulmer along with other Green-Sports leaders
These conversations came so fast and furiously that it was easy to miss them.
But not to worry: Here is a rundown of those interviews, complete with links.
KATE STRONG’S CLIMATE CYCLE
EcoAthletes Champion, triathlete and adventurer Kate Strong ‘talks the climate talk’ (as well as other social issues) with the best of them — as host of the Kate Strong podcast. She certainly ‘walks the climate walk’ in her role as the VP of Growth and Impact for the innovative climate action-by-gamification post-startup, Climategames. And this summer, she is literally ‘cycling the climate cycle’ — the Wales native is in the midst of a 3-month, 3,000 mile, well, Climate Cycle…around the perimeter of the British mainland. And she is joining in on more than two dozen climate action projects along the way!
Strong recently hopped off the bamboo bike she built herself at the half-way point of her 3,000 mile, 3-month journey — she started in London on June 5, World Environment Day and is scheduled to finish on September 2, also in the nation’s capital — to talk with BBC Sportshour about the people she’s met, the projects she’s joined, the physical challenges she is facing, and more.
Click HERE to take a listen to Kate Strong’s BBC Sportshour interview.
Kate Strong, through her Climate Cycle, says she is using sport to ‘communicate, not compete’ (Photo credit: Kate Strong)
ARIANNA CRISCIONE TALKS SUSTAINABILITY, THE WOMEN’S WORLD CUP AND MUCH MORE
Arianna Criscione is the definition of multi-faceted…A retired goalkeeper, most recently for PSG in Paris. Advocate for women’s football. Masters in business. Entrepreneur. EcoAthletes Champion. Soon-to-be mom.
This month, she demonstrated her broad-based expertise and shared her informed opinions on sustainability and women’s football, how women in sports can be more powerful advocates for themselves, and more.
Click HERE to listen to Criscione’s BBC Sportshour interview, starting at the 31 minute mark! Yes, the link says ‘Wimbledon Winner’ — don’t worry; you’re in the right place.
And click HERE to check out Criscione’s turn on the 90 Minute (soccer/football) Podcast about the sustainability of the Women’s World Cup, the effort by 40+ players in the tournament to mitigate their climate impacts, and more.
Arianna Criscione (Photo credit: Arianna Criscione)
SUSAN DUNKLEE: 3X US OLYMPIC BIATHLETE: ‘WE MUSTN’T BECOME NUMB TO CLIMATE CHANGE
- The embers from wildfires in nearby Quebec wafted to Vermont, forcing people to stay inside
- Then, a 100-year flood of biblical proportions devastated her part of the world, damaging Dunklee’s home in the process.
Click HERE to listen to Dunklee’s BBC Sportshour conversation about the extreme weather that buffeted Vermont in July, the resilience she developed in her career as the USA’s most decorated Olympic biathlete, and how is working to apply it to her climate advocacy.
Susan Dunklee (Photo credit: Manzoni/Nordic Focus)
JACQUIE PIERRI: AMERICAN PRO ICE HOCKEY PLAYER IN ITALY + ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER = #CLIMATECOMEBACK POWERHOUSE
EcoAthletes Champion Jacquie Pierri brings intelligence, persistence, curiosity, leadership, humor, and more to her captaincy with the Bolzano (Italy) Eagles, to her interest in refrigeration, specifically in making hockey rinks less carbon intensive, and to her consistent climate advocacy and activism.
Click HERE to listen to Pierri’s conversation with BBC Sportshour about all things refrigeration, hockey rinks, and squaring her climate advocacy with playing a sport with a relatively heavy carbon footprint.
And click HERE to check out Pierri’s GreenSportsPod interview, posted last week, about her journey from New Jersey to Calgary to Sweden to Italy, the depth of her climate activism and more.
Jacquie Pierri digs the puck out from the corner (Photo credit: CWHL)
KRISTEN FULMER, DALE VINCE, AND BENEDICTE HALVORSEN, TALK HOW SPORTS CAN AND MUST DO MORE WHEN IT COMES TO CLIMATE ACTION
EcoAthletes advisor and Oak View Group sustainability director Kristen Fulmer; Dale Vince, chairman of fourth tier English football club Forest Green Rovers Football Club — the Greenest Team In Sports; and Benedicte Halvorsen, head of development and Norwegian football club FK Bodo/Klimt, were interviewed on Sky Sports News. They talked how sports is being impacted by climate change, what sports is doing about it, and what it can — and must — do better.
Click HERE to listen to Fulmer’s, Vince’s and Halvorsen’s insights.