The Challenge of Achieving Sustainability in Football

A growing body of literature acknowledges the climate change impacts of football, and that football clubs can play a critical role in tackling them. Several leading clubs have already made strong commitments to sustainability, for example Tottenham Hotspur was named a Green Hero of 2021 after leading the way in clean energy and energy efficiency. However, many clubs still work in isolation and many do not have a published sustainability policy.

Within เรียนรู้เพิ่มเติมเกี่ยวกับสิ่งนี้, there is evidence that pro-climate actions by players and coaches can inspire fans and energize wider societal change. Furthermore, there is also clear potential for football clubs to support their local communities in implementing low-impact environmental behaviours. Moreover, fan-led projects can be particularly effective, as they can drive more club-based actions and enable clubs to remain in step with their fans whilst building a powerful collective identity.

Green Goals: Tackling the Challenge of Achieving Sustainability in Football

The challenge of achieving sustainability in football requires further research and action on several fronts. These include a more explicit consideration of what climate change means for women’s football; a deeper engagement with the research from countries whose first language is not English and from the Global South; greater recognition of the complexity of the relationship between fossil fuels, football and sense of community identity in the context of a just transition; and development of robust principles for the rapid removal of fossil fuel money from football.

Additionally, fields such as applied philosophy and ethics can help to think through the breadth of ethical issues associated with fossil fuel financing and sponsorship in football, supporting clubs and leagues to develop institutional policies that promote sustainability under a climate emergency.