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Sports making a positive impact on the environment

BY ADAM HAYWARD @Hayward_AdamK

Sport is such an important part of Australia’s culture, there is a huge opportunity to promote the environmental challenges that effect sport from grassroots to the elite level.

The Sports Environment Alliance (SEA) is an organization which uses the power and influence of sport to raise awareness, support action to protect the planet, ensuring that we continue to have places to play sports for generations to come and manage our changing natural environment.

With a large number of leading sporting organizations which includes the AFL, FFA, Cricket Australia, Golf Australia, Tennis Australia and Netball Australia, have joined SEA to help inspire change and to make a positive environmental impact on community sport.

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SEA is leading the way with a collaborated effort of the entire sporting community to minimise our ecological footprint by adopting environmental standards that are practical and efficient.

Part of the plan is for sporting organizations and clubs to reduce ecological footprint by putting in place practical standards like putting rubbish in the bin, recycling plastic and cardboard, encouraging healthy public spaces and working towards ensuring their stadiums and facilities are better equipped to dealing with the changes in their natural environment.

The West Coast Eagles AFL club won the prestigious #SEAChangeSolutions award for their ‘rethink your waste’ campaign at the 3rd annual #SEASummit earlier this month.

The campaign was launched in 2018, which focuses on Western Australia’s waste crisis and to motivate the club’s members and fans recycle their waste at their home ground, Optus Stadium and to rethink their approach to sustainable living.

If you’re a fan planning on attending a sporting event, you’re encouraged to simply think about what you take to games, what you buy at stadiums, sports grounds and facilities and what you need to do with your waste disposal and recycling. The smallest contributions to looking after the environment at sporting events can make a big difference.

The sporting industry relies heavily on clean air and green grass so sports can be played. As a sports loving nation, it is in our best interest to protect the places where we play sport and that is why our sports industry leaders have stepped up to take on the challenge of protecting our clean future.

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