Passion for winter sports can help fight climate change, organizers say

(Reuters News, 25 Sep 2019) Skiing, ice hockey and outdoor skating are all affected by climate change, but can also be a resource to fight back.

Fans and players of winter sports from skiing to hockey could be marshalled in efforts to fight climate change, from election campaigning to calculating the impact of global warming on ice-skating ponds, organizers said on Wednesday.

Skiing, ice hockey and outdoor skating are all affected by climate change, but can also be a resource to fight back, said organizers of efforts to deploy sports in the battle against global warming at a meeting in New York.

The United Nations hosted a climate action summit this week at the behest of Secretary-General António Guterres to launch more ambitious ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, cut waste and move to renewable energy sources.

The countless sports fans around the world could be a force in combating global warming, said Geert Hendriks, head of Sport and Sustainability International, a Swiss-based nonprofit group.

"It is important that we use sport to talk about climate action," he said.

"Our beautiful sports, whether it's skiing, or hockey or speed skating, are at risk ... but also we have massive opportunities to use the power of sports to advance all these conversations."

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Reuters News, 25 Sep 2019: Passion for winter sports can help fight climate change, organizers say