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Earth Day 2022 – Our action plan for a healthier planet

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Posted 21st April 2022

On Earth Day 2022, we’re pleased to renew our commitment to a healthier climate by sharing details of our climate action plan.

Our internal, self-titled ‘Climate Crew’ have come together every month over the last year, helping to shape our approach to becoming the most enviromentally friendly organisation we can be.

We hosted a series of webinars in November 2021 to coincide with COP26, and we’ve also shared ideas with our team about ways they can consider the climate in their day-to-day activities, such as tips around reducing food waste.

Our whole staff team have contributed to the direction of our action plan for the next 12 months, which sits underneath our climate policy, giving this area the same importance as areas of governance including health and safety, diversity and inclusion, and safeguarding.

We have three roles in its environmental and sustainability work.

  1. To run our organisation in an environmentally sustainable way
  2. To integrate an environmentally sustainable approach into our projects, events and commissioned activities
  3. To advocate with partners the value of physical activity and sport in creating a more sustainable world

Over the next 12 months, we will all work towards achieving these objectives:

  • Ensure that we observe existing environmental legislation as a minimum standard.
  • Minimise our production of waste and reusing or recycling materials
  • Purchase environmentally sustainable products and services
  • Learn and develop in line with environmental research and good practice
  • Develop and maintain a sustainable transport policy for our staff
  • Review our existing policies and ensure future policies are as environmentally friendly as possible
  • Continually highlight across our networks the important role physical activity plays in addressing climate change
  • Senior leadership role in promoting the importance of the environment at senior level
  • Influence and encourage the YSF staff team to be more environmentally aware
  • Organise and deliver environmentally conscious events
  • Communications support through internal and external channels

We know that some of these objectives will be more straightforward to achieve than others, and that sharing our progress is important, so we’ll be making sure we let you know what we’re doing through our social media accounts and The YSF Weekly newsletter.

We won’t get everything right, and we’ll share where we’ve had obstacles to overcome, to hopefully support you and your organisation if you’re looking to do similar things. If you’ve already achieved some of what is listed in our action plan, then we’d love to hear from you about how you went about it.

Tahir Akram, who heads up the YSF Climate Crew, said: “Action can’t come soon enough when it comes to the climate, and while it’s taken us a little bit of time to get to this point, we’re really pleased to have some clear objectives to work towards.

“World Earth Day felt like the ideal time to put this out there, and by doing so make ourselves accountable to the partners and communities we work alongside.  We know there are others further along than we are, and those perhaps still at an earlier stage. We value the opportunity to share with and learn from others, so we’d welcome anyone who wants to have a conversation with us to get in touch.”

To contact Tahir, email tahir.akram@yorkshiresport.org


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