November 17 – Arsenal have become the first English Premier League club to make a commitment to climate change after signing the United Nations Sports for Climate Action Framework.
It means pledging to help fight climate change and encouraging others do the same.
Arsenal are the third British club to sign up to the framework following League Two side Forest Green Rovers and Hibernian in the Scottish Premiership.
Arsenal will adhere to five key remits: undertaking systematic efforts to promote greater environmental responsibility; reducing overall climate impact; educate on climate action; promote sustainable and responsible consumption; and advocate for climate action through communication.
The club believe they can inspire fans across the globe to be more sustainable after signing up to the UN plan.
“Together with our partners, we’ve already implemented a number of environmentally friendly practices across the club,” said Arsenal’s Operations Director, Hywel Sloman.
Lindita Xhaferi-Salihu, Sports for Climate Action Lead at UN Climate Change, said of the partmership: “Football inspires so many of us around the world and there is a remarkable potential for the game to become greener, more climate resilient and lead by example for millions of global fans.
“We are delighted to welcome Arsenal as the first Premier League club to the UN Sports for Climate Action community as we raise awareness of climate change and use this opportunity to make a difference together.”
In June, Arsenal’s Spanish defender Hector Bellerin promised to plant 3,000 trees for every game Arsenal won for the remainder of the extended 2019/20 campaign, with 58,617 eventually planted after donations from supporters.
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