Climate Change and Football

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Climate Change and Football

Can football use its scale and influence to support the fight against climate change?

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Sport is undeniably a significant contributor to climate change with such a large global footprint. Join us to explore why football is uniquely positioned to help chart an invocative path to sustainability for its clubs and fans. By examining some of the latest thinking and developing technologies we will explore why football has the opportunity, and perhaps the responsibility, to influence real change across the sports industry and beyond.

Jess Rogers (HOST): Co-Founder and Creative Director, Carbon Jacked

Jess Rogers is Co-Founder and Creative Director of environmental start-up Carbon Jacked. She is also a broadcast journalist and presenter on sport and sustainability for the likes of Sky Sports.

Having spent her early career managing sports events for Red Bull and then later becoming Head of Events at England Netball and General Manager of the Netball Super League, sport has always been a huge part of her life. It was in 2020 that Jess, alongside her co-founders ‘The Jacks’, turned her passion for sport and the environment into a business.

At Carbon Jacked, they believe that saving the planet shouldn’t be boring and they help businesses, sports and individuals combat climate change. Jess is a leading voice, content creator and considered a climate influencer when it comes to sports and sustainability.

She fronted the Sky Sports Sustainability Series, works on electric racing series Extreme-E and through Carbon Jacked supports Netball Scotland, England Netball and Y1 Sport with their sustainability strategies and action. Ultimately, Jess believes that sport has the potential and power to be the tipping point and voice that climate change needs.

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Dr Walker Ross: Lecturer in Sport Management and Digital Marketing, University of Edinburgh

Dr Walker Ross is a North American Lecturer in Sport Management and Digital Marketing at the University of Edinburgh. His research focuses on sport ecology and sustainability, with emphasis on the bidirectional relationship between sport and the natural environment, the impact of climate change on sport, sport governance, institutional behaviours, and stakeholders.

Contexts for his research have included the Olympic Games, FIFA Men’s and Women’s World Cups, and venue management during such mega-events. This research has been published in several academic journals including Event Management, Managing Sport and Leisure, and Sport in Society, while his articles have also featured in popular press media such as Reuters, the BBC, Sky, ESPN, CNN, and Front Office Sports.

Dr Ross is member of several professional bodies, including the Sport Ecology Group, North American Society for Sport Management, and the European Association for Sport Management. Previous professional experience includes work with an NCAA Division I university, event management in professional men’s and women’s football in the US, and coaching water polo.

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Pete Bradshaw: Director of Sustainability, Manchester City Football Club/City Football Group

Responsible for leading and influencing sustainable development, operations and events with a wide ranging social, environmental and commercial programme that engages all parts of the Club and CFG and its work, its fans, communities and partners, measuring and reporting the impacts transparently and consistently.

Pete has worked in the sport and leisure field since the mid 1970s with key roles in leisure management, sports development, health education, strategic regeneration and in sustainable development. Working in the UK and overseas, Pete has developed his career to help build strong and successful organisational structures and responsible change and development.

Born and educated in Manchester a swimmer and water polo player ‘by trade’, Pete attended his first Manchester City match in 1963 An alumni of Hulme’s Birley High School and (masters) of the University of Leicester.

A Mancunian through and through, as a published author Pete is confident that the spirit of industry, invention, innovation and change is alive and well creating wide ranging benefits and opportunities with security in learning, health and wellbeing above all so that we prosper together.

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