Heat waves and heatstroke will threaten the health of both players and fans, extreme weather and rising sea levels caused by climate change will flood stadiums and races, and rising sea levels will threaten golf courses, the report warned.
The study, released Saturday, found that athletic leaders were largely unable to cope with the crisis or their role in its creation.
The report’s authors warn that carbon dioxide emissions in world sports are equivalent to those of a country the size of Angola from lower estimates and Spain to higher estimates.
However, there was a “sadly insufficient” response from the sports industry, the report’s authors said, noting that only a “small fraction” of world championships, federations, tournaments, clubs and sports had set carbon targets. their environmental commitments or signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Action.
Meanwhile, petrochemical companies, airlines and vehicle manufacturers still maintain their presence as key advertisers and sponsors of the sport, the study said.
“Sport provides some of the most important role models in society. If sport can change the way it operates to act at the speed and scale needed to stop the state of emergency, others will follow.” said Andrew Simms, coordinator of the Rapid Transition Alliance. report, he said in a statement.
“A first step would be to end sponsorship from fossil fuel companies and products that promote intensive fossil fuels. At the moment, sport is part of the problem, but it can be part of the solution,” he said.
The report’s author, David Goldblatt, said that while extensive global change needed to be made to tackle the climate crisis, the sports industry could make a maritime change if it pledged to tackle climate change.
“Sport may be big enough to be registered, in terms of carbon dioxide emissions, as a small nation-state, or as a unique city, but its own efforts are only a fraction of the percentage of the world’s total. However, Few human practices offer such an extremely large, global and socially diverse constituency as those who play and follow sports.
“Making a world of zero carbon, the priority of the common sense of the sports world, will make a huge contribution to making common sense a priority for all politicians,” he said.