Feb. 1, 2022

Elite sports waking Australia up to the climate crisis

Elite sports waking Australia up to the climate crisis

Guests in The Sustainable Hour no 397 are: Jasper Pittard and Tom Campbell from AFL Players for Climate Action and Belinda Baggs and Linley Hurrell from Surfers for Climate









Our guests in The Sustainable Hour no 397 on 2 February 2022 are two climate-concerned elite sports groups from two sports closest to the Australians’ heart and identity as a nation: Australian football and surfing.



First we have Jasper Pittard and Tom Campbell from AFL Players for Climate Action. Jasper has been on the show before, but since then, he and Tom have founded this group which now represent more than 260 AFL players who want to do more to tackle climate change: to take action in their lives, at their clubs, and across the industry. We hear about what they have achieved so far – plus what their ambitious plans are for the future, taking steps to address AFL’s contribution to climate change and hoping they can bring millions of Australians on the journey with them.Tom is a professional athlete playing for St Kilda Football Club. He has played 54 AFL games for North Melbourne and Western Bulldogs. Jasper played 11 seasons of AFL football with Kangaroos, Port Adelaide and North Melbourne. To find out more about AFL Players for Climate Action, they have a presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and their website is www.aflp4ca.org.au



Next we have Belinda Baggs and Linley Hurrell from Surfers for Climate. They have been busy educating fellow surfers to become active participants in climate solutions. We hear of successful campaigns they’ve been part of over the last 12 months as well as what has been occupying them recently. This includes campaigns against seismic testing around the iconic 12 Apostles and plans to drill for gas in that area. They are also collaborating with a network of local groups working to stop Viva Energy’s proposed floating gas hub in Corio Bay. They have recently launched a commitment to wiping out members’ emissions – details of this can be found here.



Surfers for Climate have an election campaign, ‘Don’t kook it on climate’, where Corangamite will be one of their key electorates. At this stage they are selling t-shirts for people to wear when they’re at the polls. Details of this can be found here: surfersforclimate.org.au/merch. They will be busy in the time leading up to the election with a series of events coming to Surf Coast beaches. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.



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