Extreme E joins United Nation's Sport For Nature framework

Extreme E joins United Nation's Sport For Nature framework

19.12.2022: Sport for purpose electric racing series, Extreme E, has today signed the Sports for Nature Declaration, as part of the United Nationsí (UN) call for sporting organisations across the globe to do more for sustainability.


Sport for purpose electric racing series, Extreme E, has today signed the Sports for Nature Declaration, as part of the United Nations’ (UN) call for sporting organisations across the globe to do more for sustainability.




The series is one of the first to sign up to the UN’s Sport for Nature Framework, which aims to safeguard nature, contribute to new biodiversity goals, and restore key ecosystems by 2030.



It is yet another example of Extreme E’s unerring commitment to raising awareness of the climate crisis and sustainable, low carbon solutions, alongside electrification and gender equality.
 









As part of signing up to the Framework, Extreme E will commit to sustainability action plans for four principles:


•    Protect nature and avoid damage to natural habitats and species


•    Restore and regenerate nature wherever possible


•    Understand and reduce risks to nature in our supply chains


•    Educate and inspire positive action for nature across and beyond sport



The series will provide an annual report regarding its commitment to the aforementioned principles, where its effectiveness and credibility will be analysed alongside the other organisations, such as the International Olympic Committee (IOC), who have signed up.



Julia Wall-Clarke, Head of Impact and Communications at Extreme E, said: “Our organisation recognises that protecting and restoring nature is critical for ensuring a healthy environment, which athletes and the whole of society need to thrive. This has been best evidenced through our legacy programmes, where Extreme E identifies impactful projects for each race location with support from the Scientific Committee, partner NGOs, and engagement with the local community.



“Through our championship, working alongside the UN and together with our leading scientists and partners, we are proud to sign the Sports for Nature declaration and play our part in supporting a low-carbon future. This is yet further evidence of our commitment towards environmental responsibility and extensive efforts to promote sustainability."
 






Speaking at the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15) held in Montreal, Canada, Professor Carlos Duarte from Extreme E’s Scientific Committee added: “For Extreme E to be at the forefront of sporting organisations in signing the Sports for Nature Declaration is a landmark moment.



“We have already seen the vast potential of Extreme E to raise awareness of climate change and promote impactful solutions by engaging audiences in a shared vision of a sustainable planet. This will only continue to grow as the need to tackle climate change becomes more critical.



“We understand that to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals and support the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, it is imperative to take action that will deliver transformative change to halt and reverse biodiversity loss by 2030."



In 2019, Extreme E joined the United Nations’ Sports for Climate Action Framework as part of its commitment to climate protection.
 





The Sports for Climate Action initiative, led by the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), was born out of the 2015 Paris Agreement and calls on sporting organisations to acknowledge the contribution of the sports sector to climate change and their responsibility to strive towards climate neutrality for a safer planet.



Extreme E is also an advocate of The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), better known as the Global Goals. All 17 of the Goals are for everyone, everywhere – like Extreme E they reach the far corners of the planet, from icecaps to islands and deserts to deep oceans.



Extreme E is supporting many of them - for example, goal five, gender equality via its gender equal racing format, a world-first in motorsport. Plus, goal nine - industry, innovation, and infrastructure - by showcasing new technologies that can help accelerate the shift to clean energy.



Goals 14 and 15 - life below water and life on land - through its various Legacy Programmes that leave long-lasting positive impacts in the locations in which the series races, right through to goal 13 - climate action - one of the biggest driving forces behind the championship.
 







Extreme E has set up multiple legacy initiatives since its launch, including:



•    Teamed up with The Nature Conservancy on its Forest Restoration Programme in Pará, Brazil, as part of an initiative to restore 100 hectares of native Amazon rainforest and maintain more than 200 hectares of cocoa-based agroforestry, working with local farmers in the process.


•    Working with with MEDSEA to support recovery response to devastating forest fires on the island of Sardinia, along with a seagrass conservation project to reverse the damage from carbon released from seagrass that has died due to warming sea temperatures.


•    A partnership with the Ba’a Foundation, on a conservation initiative for the endangered green turtle and critically endangered hawksbill turtle in Saudi Arabia


•    A collaboration with NGO, Oceanium, to plant one million mangroves to help combat sea level rise in Senegal.



The Goals are an ambitious roadmap to address poverty, inequality, and climate change, and every single one of us has the power to make a difference.



To learn more about Extreme E, visit - www.Extreme-E.com




Simra Gulzar- photos Extreme E


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