Support Climate Action

Supporting the Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland sport and physical activity sector to take action and make its contribution to reducing carbon emissions.

The UK Government and many countries around the world have declared a climate change emergency. Extreme weather conditions, rising global temperatures, environmental damage and flooding are reported more frequently and affecting more and more communities across the world. An increasing number of people, communities and organisations are beginning to respond to this emergency and our sport and physical activity sector also needs to respond to make an important contribution to reducing carbon emissions and supporting climate action.

Many national level sporting and physical activity organisations are examining, now, what action they need to take to respond to the climate emergency and contribute positively to reducing carbon emissions. At a national level the British Association for Sustainable Sport (BASIS) and the recently formed Sport Environment Climate Coalition are leading the way for the sport and physical activity sector to play its part in supporting climate action.

At a local level, support and action is needed and Active Together is seeking your support to bring the Leicestershire Leicester and Rutland sport and physical activity sector together to take action and make its contribution to reducing carbon emissions. Active Together wants to enable local action and encourage new climate friendly behaviours among our performers, supporters, volunteers, spectators and communities.

We can all do something and play our part and we need everyone to do something no matter how big or small.


How can you do your part - Sign-up to the Active Together Climate Coalition

If you recognise that we all have to contribute and play a small part in reducing carbon emissions and tackling climate change make the pledge and join the Active Together Climate Coalition.

Help us and our sport and physical activity sector play its part in supporting climate action.

  • We will keep you updated with news and information about how we can support climate action.
  • You can connect with others who want to support climate action.
  • You can be part of a growing community of people and projects to be more sustainable.
  • Take an active role to advocate and support action to reach net zero.

Whether you are an athlete, coach, volunteer, spectator or just interested in making a difference we can support you to make small or big changes to support climate action and protect our environment. Help our sport and physical activity sector play its part and make a difference. We can all do something and play our part and we need everyone to do something no matter how big or small.

Actions you can take


Understanding Climate Change

You may have heard all sorts of words, descriptions and phrases about climate change. Things like Net Zero, Carbon Foot Print, Global Warming and Carbon neutral.

We have put a few definitions and explanations together from the United National Development Programme to help it all make sense.

You can also check out the Climate Dictionary for some more useful explanations.

What is Climate Change and Global Warming?

Global warming is an increase in the Earth's average surface temperature that occurs when the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere increases. These gases absorb more solar radiation and trap more heat, thus causing the planet to get hotter. Burning fossil fuels, cutting down forests, and farming livestock are some human activities that release greenhouse gases and contribute to global warming.

Climate change refers to the long-term changes in the Earth's climate that are warming the atmosphere, ocean and land. Climate change is affecting the balance of ecosystems that support life and biodiversity, and impacting health. It also causes more extreme weather events, such as more intense and/or frequent hurricanes, floods, heat waves, and droughts, and leads to sea level rise and coastal erosion as a result of ocean warming, melting of glaciers, ad loss of ice sheets.

What does Net Zero mean?

Reaching net zero requires us to ensure that carbon dioxide emissions from human activity are balanced by human efforts to remove carbon dioxide emissions (for example, by creating carbon sinks to absorb carbon dioxide) - thereby stopping further increases in the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere..

What is my Carbon Foot Print?

A carbon footprint is a measure of the greenhouse gas emissions released into the atmosphere by a particular person, organization, product, or activity. A bigger carbon footprint means more emissions of carbon dioxide and methane, and therefore a bigger contribution to the climate crisis..

What Counts as Renewable Energy?

Renewable energy is energy derived from natural sources that are constantly being replenished, such as wind, sunlight, the flow of moving water, and geothermal heat.

What are Green Jobs?

Green jobs are decent jobs that contribute to protecting and restoring the environment and addressing climate change. Green jobs can be found in both the production of green products and services, such as renewable energy, and in environmentally friendly processes, such as recycling.

What is the Paris Agreement?

The Paris Agreement is a legally binding international treaty aiming to limit global warming to well below 2° C, preferably to 1.5° C, compared to pre-industrial levels. It was adopted by 196 Parties in 2015 at COP21 in Paris and entered into force in 2016.

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Key Facts About Climate Change

  • Climate change is the single biggest health threat facing humanity. The impacts are already harming health through air pollution, disease, extreme weather events, forced displacement, food insecurity and pressures on mental health. Every year, environmental factors take the lives of around 13 million people.
  • The Earth is now about 1.1°C warmer than it was in the 1800s. We are not on track to meet the Paris Agreement target to keep global temperature from exceeding 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. That is considered the upper limit to avoid the worst fallout from climate change.
  • Human activities have warmed the atmosphere, ocean and land, producing widespread and rapid changes in the atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere and biosphere.
  • As carbon dioxide emissions rise, the ocean and land will be less effective at absorbing and slowing the accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere
  • The climate crisis is not "gender neutral." It exacerbates existing inequalities, leaving women and girls to experience unique threats to livelihoods, health and safety.
  • Road transport is the largest source of emissions from transport, accounting for 69 per cent of all transport emissions. Aviation, i.e. air transport, accounts for about 12 per cent of total transport emissions, and shipping contributes about 11 per cent.
  • Over 17 per cent of food is wasted, and up to 10 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions are associated with food that is not consumed.
  • The ocean is central to reducing global greenhouse gas emissions and stabilizing the Earth's climate. The ocean generates 50 per cent of the planet's oxygen (UNEP), absorbs 25 per cent of all carbon dioxide emissions (IPCC) and captures 90 per cent of the excess heat generated by these emissions (UNEP).

(United Nations 2023)



Sign-Up to the Active Together Climate Coalition

If you are interested in supporting our sector in the fight against the climate emergency, fill out the form below to join our Climate Coalition. Together we can make change.

Climate Change Action Coalition

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For more information please contact:

Dave Stock

Dave Stock

Strategic Relationships Manager

Active Together

I am currently remote working, so please contact me via email/mobile phone (where provided).

My areas of responsibility are:

- Local Strategy, Development & Alignment
- Local Delivery & National Programmes
- Design Alignment
- Rutland Link Officer

Telephone
01509 467494
Mobile
07887855687