Top football stars are being called on to lead the way in making the sport more sustainable as part of a new Nike-backed campaign.
Environmental non-profit Football For Future (FFF) has teamed up with the leading sports brand to create “climate champion” handbooks as part of a trailblazing project to educate athletes on speaking out about climate change.
Chelsea’s £70million Champions League hero Kai Havertz and Tottenham’s Eric Dier are among the Premier League stars to be given the handbooks, alongside England’s Women’s Euros winner Lotte Wubben-Moy.
Wubben-Moy called the handbook a “step in the right direction” for football, adding that sponsors “have a responsibility to educate their athletes on the interrelationship between football and climate change”.
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The project is the first time a sports brand has educated players on the relationship between sports and climate change. The handbook forms part of a larger toolkit given to athletes.
FFF, which is made up of sustainability experts, climate scientists and football-creatives, has been on a mission to build a more environmentally sustainable culture in football, as well as raising awareness of how climate change is impacting the game.