At COP24 the UNFCCC unveiled its Sport for Climate Action Framework – a five-step policy to help the sports sector achieve climate leadership status. Over the next five months, SSJ will look at each step (or principle, as described by the UNFCCC) in more detail, starting with Principle One:...
It looks like the first week (at least) of this year’s Australian Open will be another scorcher. Players harbouring hopes of easing themselves into the tournament, thus keeping themselves fresh for sterner tests in later rounds, will be greeted by temperatures of 35°C-plus. Many first and second round matches...
Despite being one of the youngest professional football leagues in the world, Major League Soccer (MLS) in the US has been recognised as the benchmark for good governance, community outreach and awareness, and environmental considerations. ResponsiBALL, an annual report that ranks the most prominent...
As four influential nation states softened their stance on climate action, despite the IPCC’S dire warning of certain catastrophe without “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes”, it became all the more clear at COP24 that the human race can’t rely on sovereign countries to save the planet from global warming. While...
Sometimes, a shot at glory is just not worth the risk. It’s a conclusion that Haile Gebrselassie came to ahead of the Beijing Olympic marathon in 2008. Presented with the opportunity to defend his World Record time and cement his place in sporting history, he declined. The Beijing air,...
Twelve years after South Africa etched its name into history by hosting the first FIFA World Cup on African soil, Senegal will break new ground when Olympics rolls into town in 2022. While it’s fair to say that hosting the Youth Olympic Games doesn’t have the same cultural significance as...
ONCE AGAIN, DURING THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE Summer Olympic Games, a small collection of athletes will march together under the Olympic flag, not the flags of their own nations. Tokyo 2020 will be the second Games in succession where it has been necessary to enter a team made...
TO WORK TOWARDS A WORLD OF SPORT THAT FULLY RESPECTS HUMAN RIGHTS by sharing knowledge, building capacity and increasing accountability of all actors through collective action. That’s the mission of the Centre for Sport and Human Rights, a sport-specific organisation formed by the Institute for Human Rights and Business...
SPORTS TEAMS AND ATHLETES CAN PLAY A SIGNIFICANT ROLE in communicating the catastrophic effects of climate change to the public in simple terms, while cutting through the “partisan” nature of the debate in the US. According to David Fenton, the communications expert specialising in environmental and human rights campaigns, personalities...
FIVE OF THE MOST HIGH-PROFILE SPORTS ORGANISATIONS in the US have committed to advancing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals by delivering thousands of safe and efficient cookstoves in economically-deprived nations. NASCAR, Major League Soccer (MLS), the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and Major League Baseball franchises the New York...