There’s another Games this summer that athletes are getting excited for. This August, Olympic, Paralympic and international athletes come together to set sustainability challenges as part of the Planet Earth Games’ month-long event.
Planet Earth Games is proud to see so many of its ambassadors competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. From Team GB badminton player Lauren Smith to Jamaican diver Yona Knight-Wisdom through to Paralympic Powerlifter Ali Jawad Planet Earth Games boasts a diverse and passionate group of athletes who will make time for sustainability and the environment around their already busy summer calendar.
Alongside the team tackling Tokyo, Planet Earth Games welcomes Olympians Etienne Stott (kayak), Chris Cook (swimming), Kathy Butler (athletics) and Shirley Webb (athletics and former Gladiator), international athletes Lesley Owusu (athletics), Fiona Oakes (athletics), Sophie Newnes (MMA) and Melissa Wilson (rowing) and professional players Joe Cooke (cricket- pictured) and Charlie Watson (rugby). Together they all share a commitment and passion for the environment and promoting Healthy People and a Healthy Planet.
Planet Earth Games CEO and founder Chris Broadbent said: “In the fight against climate change, high profile names in sport have a rare position of influence upon audiences of millions. I couldn’t be more excited to have such an inspiring group of athletes joining us this August.”
Their involvement could be seen as reflective of a growing movement amongst leading athletes towards sustainability. Etienne Stott and Melissa Wilson are part of Champions for Earth who last September galvanised over 300 Olympians and Paralympians in a letter to the Prime Minister which called for a Green Recovery from the pandemic. Now, with Tokyo being lauded as one of the most sustainable Games to come, it’s clear the environment and sport go hand-in hand.
“I hope that Tokyo 2020 will be an opportunity for sustainable sport to go mainstream creating a ‘Green Moment’,” Broadbent added.
Planet Earth Games are a not-for-profit organisation who passionately believe in the symbiotic relationship between the environment and human activity: namely Healthy People and a Healthy Planet.
After the huge successes of August 2020 and February 2021, Planet Earth Games is back this August with a full month of sustainable, virtual challenges, suitable for all ages and abilities, free to the public. Previous events have seen life-changing results – with 75% of participants saying they’re learnt something new about sustainability and 64% of participants more active during the month than they typically would be.