Climate change is one of the most pressing problems of the 21st century. In the coming years and decades, football, like every other section of society, will have to contend with its impact.
Football Supporters Europe (FSE) believes that fans have an important role to play in ensuring that the game rises to this challenge.
To this end, we have decided to join and facilitate the conversation by hosting a series of events on the subject. Our aim is to bring together fans and fans’ groups from across the continent who are using, or wish to use, their platform to promote environmental sustainability in football.
The first event will be an online webinar on ‘How football fans are tackling climate change: grassroots activities from across Europe’. It will take place on Tuesday, 23rd March from 19:00 to 20:30 CET. Panellists will include Manuel Gaber from German fans’ coalition Zukunft Profifussball, Tristan Wooler from the Huddersfield Town Supporters’ Association (HTSA), and Katie Cross from fan-focussed initiative Pledgeball. A good portion of the evening will be devoted to audience questions and participation.
Commenting ahead of the event, FSE Board member Mark Doidge said:
“The climate change debate has been slow to recognise the transformative potential of sport, and in particular, football. But things are changing on this front, driven in various ways by fans’ groups. We think it’s important to give them a platform to exchange ideas and good practice, so they can continue to make a positive difference both locally and globally.”
You can register to attend here. Participants will be provided with a link to access the event closer to the date.