The goal of this platform is to promote a more sustainable practice of outdoor sports, focusing on the impact of its various stakeholders. Specifically, the goal is to target the pollution and greenhouse gases generated through outdoor sports, to improve management of natural resources, preserving land and biodiversity, and to advocate for a more sustainable society. It is also a space for sharing knowledge about becoming more sustainable together.
Is the outdoor sports model sustainable in its current form ?
Outdoor sports play a key role in society. They contribute to the physical and emotional health of participants and have a big influence on the attitudes and habits of spectators and stakeholders. However, like most human activities, the practice of outdoor sports has adverse effects on the environment. For the sustainable continuation of outdoor sports and their many personal, social, and economic benefits, it is imperative to reduce this adverse impact to a minimum, or even to reverse it. The key to this is acknowledging the impacts of all outdoor sports participants and helping them transition to a more environmentally friendly model. We are the players that use the outdoors for enjoyment, to compete, explore, educate ourselves and others, and even to do business. Therefore, we should be the first ones to take care of our playground.
Generally, outdoor sports practitioners have a slightly higher environmental consciousness than people in other sports, meaning they interact with the natural environment regularly and form close personal and emotional bonds with the natural world. Nevertheless, they have a 40% greater carbon footprint from practicing their sports than athletes from other individual sports (1), and the difference is even bigger when compared to team sports.
Therefore, we have an important role in the preservation of the environment where we practice, and to this end our organization has adopted several broad goals that will guide our efforts in protecting the mountains we play in. These goals are guided by the Paris Climate Accord and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Specifically, we need to limit warming to 1.5 degrees centigrade above pre-industrial levels, cut our global emissions by at leaset 50% in the next 10 years, and be completely carbon neutral by 2050, at the latest. That means fast, dramatic change to everything in our society, including our values, economics, how we work, travel, buy, climb, run, go on holiday or expeditions – everything.
CALL FOR ACTION
We’re all players in this sport: athletes, organizers, equipment manufacturers and federations. This means we all have an important role to play in the sustainability of the sport and protection of the environment where we practice. It isn’t about being perfect environmentalists, rather about walking towards a greener sports model. With this pledge we aim to share ideas and actions – from the simplest to those complex – to make outdoor sports more sustainable. Commit to what you feel ready for. Focus on 1, 5 or the 10 commitments to work during each year. Small steps lead to bigger ones.
Those brands, events, athletes, and federations committed to meeting the outdoor friendly standards of the Kilian Jornet Foundation shall undertake to make every effort to achieve the following objectives by 2030:
ATHLETES AND PRACTITIONERS
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Being Outdoor Friendly!
We know it is hard to achieve these commitments, but together we can do it for a more sustainable outdoors sport practice. Look at Tips to learn about and share ideas to achieve these goals. It is equally important to let your audience know that you’re committed to these goals and are working hard to achieve them! Tell them about the actions you’re taking, how you’re progressing, and the initiatives you’re implementing.
None of us is perfect – we all use resources and have environmental impacts. This foundation and the goals we are promoting aim to serve as tools for the outdoor industry to take steps forward to protect the places that make our sports so special. We will all be better off by giving our best to the planet. Share your ideas so others will be inspired to adopt them. Once you pledge to commit yourself, share your journey with others and convince them to do the same!
It is not about being the best but together giving the best to the planet. It’s about sharing knowledge to accelerate the pace to win this race. Take the pledge and share it to convince others to join the movement!
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THIS IS A SPACE TO SHARE KNOWLEDGE SO TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE OUTDOOR SPORTS MORE SUSTAINABLE 🌱.