Each of the stars above has a massive following, some with over a 100 million on twitter. Most are already activists. We’ll ask them all to reach out to their followers to engage them and ask them to get more involved. As The Transformation Games is for everyone we will have sport, comedy, music, dance and art from different corners of the world, celebrating a truly global event.
Our festival evenings will be devoted to top-class sport, music and comedy events in stadia, to add to the appeal and viewership of each Games and to engage activist stars and celebrities. It’s important that everyone gets the message that the SDGs, Transformation and Sustainability really matter and that those they look up to are already engaged in helping to change our behaviour towards each other and the planet.
“Sport has become a world language, a common denominator that breaks down all the walls, all the barriers. It is a worldwide industry whose practices can have widespread impact. Most of all, it is a powerful tool for progress and for development.” – Ban Ki Moon, the former UN Secretary General said.
Stars like Messi, Ronaldo, Drogba and Beckham and others are already activists. We’ll ask then to urge their supporters to start taking looking after our planet seriously. Because if we don’t there will be no football in many parts of the world for generations to come.
As the topics of The Transformation Games affect everyone, we will ask stars from many sports to help us engage with their fans and be interviewed pre or post match.
And Comedy is so important too. It allows us to deal with sensitive topics and not get too serious or argumentative!
“As the planet heats up, competing in – or even watching – many outdoor sports is becoming increasingly challenging as climate change brings harsher heatwaves, more intense rain, greater fire risks and other threats.
“As heatwaves hospitalise players in sports from tennis to cricket, competitions are cancelled due to extreme weather, and winter sports try to cope with less snow and ice, sporting bodies have begun eyeing ways to adapt to the changing climate.
The World Meteorological Organization said in June that 2019 was on track to be among the world’s hottest years on record – another record year in a string of them over the last five years. That is worrying officials planning events from the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan to the 2022 soccer World Cup in Qatar.
A scorching heatwave in Japan last summer prompted Tokyo’s Olympics organisers to plan an earlier start times for the marathon and to cover the course with a reflective layer to try to cut pavement temperatures by up to 8 degrees Celsius (14F).
Organisers were also looking at ways to keep spectators cool with tents, fans and sprays of cooling mist.
“There’s definitely a trend that we’re seeing where sport is being affected by climate change” – something that has “significant financial repercussions,” said Sambook, who co-authored the report.
Niclas Svenningsen, who heads the Climate Neutral Now initiative under the U.N. climate secretariat, said sport’s global appeal could be a way to drive more urgency for action on climate change.
“Sports … has a very big potential to be part of the solution” both by cutting its own emissions and creating demand to deal with climate threats,” Svenningsen said.
“The reach of sport is tremendous. There are more people watching sports games than listening to politics. We don’t want to preach to the converted,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in a phone interview.
telling us how we are doing, or how we are not doing.”