Floorball recognises the critical state of the environment and the need for action. Therefore, the IFF has signed the Sports for Climate Action Declaration. This initiative aims at supporting and guiding sports actors in achieving global climate change goals.
In the last Central Board meeting of 2019 in December during the Women’s World Floorball Championships in Neuchâtel the agenda also included the presentation of the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework which was acknowledged and signing approved.
With the signing IFF will support the goals of the Paris Agreement in limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and affirm its commitment to the five principles set out in the declaration:
- Undertake systematic efforts to promote greater environmental responsibility;
- Reduce overall climate impact;
- Educate for climate action;
- Promote sustainable and responsible consumption;
- Advocate for climate action through communication.
The International Floorball Federation was the 16th international federation to sign the declaration and overall there are already over 100 signees. The IFF is committed to develop the climate action agenda in sports, by leading and supporting specific working groups under the leadership of the International Olympic Committee. The IFF is part of two working groups: Reduce climate impact and Educate and advocate for Climate Action. The working groups aim to create best practices for the signatories as well as measurement tools for the implemented action.
– The IOC is proud to be working with the International Floorball Federation on the Sports for Climate Action Framework to tackle the climate challenges that we face today. The Framework provides sport with the perfect opportunity to help the world address these challenges. The IOC will work hand in hand with IFF, and other sport organisations, to define how sport will address, reduce and adapt to our ever changing climate, Julie Duffus, Olympic Movement Senior Sustainability Manager explains.
– Looking at the state on the environment we all must contribute to the conservation of our planet. Sport has an unparalleled power to move and impact the minds and hearts of people. The IFF wants to harness this power and set an example, says John Liljelund, Secretary General of the IFF.
Earlier this year the IFF published its partnership with climate foundation myclimate. With the help of myclimate the federation has tools and know-how to assess and implement concrete ways to combat climate change. As an example the CO2-emissions of IFF staff flights in 2020 will be compensated. The plan is to offset these emissions through climate protection projects orchestrated by myclimate. Further the federation will assist event organisers to consider the environment in all aspects of the organisation process to prevent or reduce negative impacts.
UNFCC secretariat – UN Climate Change
The UNFCCC secretariat (UN Climate Change) is the United Nations entity tasked with supporting the global response to the threat of climate change. UNFCCC stands for United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Convention has near universal membership (197 Parties) and is the parent treaty of the 2015 Paris Agreement. The main aim of the Paris Agreement is to keep the global average temperature rise this century as close as possible to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
UN Climate Change invites sports organisations and their stakeholders to join a new climate action for sport movement. This initiative aims at supporting and guiding sports actors in achieving global climate change goals.
Sports organisations can display climate leadership by engaging together in the climate neutrality journey. They can achieve this by taking responsibility for their climate footprint, which in turn will incentivize climate action beyond the sports sector, and therefore help global ambition step-up in the face of the threat posed by climate change.
Uniting behind a set of principles, sports organisations and their communities have created an initiative by collaborating in order to position their sector on the path of the low carbon economy that global leaders agreed on in Paris: Sports for Climate Action
UN Climate Change welcomes the leadership of the International Olympic Committee in contributing to key areas of action within this movement, and invites other governing bodies, sport federations, leagues and clubs, to join and jointly develop the climate action agenda in sports, by leading and supporting specific working groups and by bringing their expertise, tools and best practices into this framework.
Lindita Xhaferi-Salihu, Sectors Engagement Lead, LXhaferi-Salihu@unfccc.int,
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Julie Duffus, Olympic Movement Senior Sustainability Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org