The Climate Coalition issues #ShowTheLove call to action to football clubs

February 15 – Valentines Day may be over but the Climate Coalition is still encouraging people to #ShowTheLove.

The Climate Coalition is the UK’s largest group of people dedicated to action on climate change and limiting its impact on the people, places and life both in the UK and around the world, including the world’s poorest countries.

The coalition is made up of over 130 organisations with a combined supporter base of 15 million, including WWF, National Trust, RSPB, Christian Aid, CAFOD, The Women’s Institute and Oxfam. It’s aim is for a world powered by clean and secure energy within a generation. To that end it is pushing sports organisations to get involved and take a lead.

It is a different kind of campaign as it asks participants to get engaged and share action initiatives with their fans and followers.

Last week the group released a sports impact report focussed on the UK that documents instances of where changes in weather trends are changing sports environments. In football the impact is most felt at the grassroots level but even at professional levels there are consequences.

Extreme weather events caused the cancellation of 25 Football League fixtures during the 2015/16 season, with Carlisle United’s Brunton Park being the biggest example. The League One side was forced out of its home ground for 49 days by Storm Desmond at a cost of nearly £200,000.

In response to the floods of 2015/16, the FA, the Premier League and Sport England made £750,000 available to support affected clubs. Longer term, the FA will invest £48 million in hundreds of new all-weather and specially adapted turf pitches across the country, including new dedicated facilities in 30 cities, in addition to upgrading more than 200 existing pitches nationwide.

Find out more at Show The Love or in  this handy guide.

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