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In this special edition we look at the impact football has on the climate emergency, and the impact global heating will have on football, with grounds including Chelsea, Southampton, West Ham and Norwich all forecasted to be partially or totally flooded by 2050.
From private jets for football teams to fans travelling the world to follow them. From new kits being designed and made every season to the suspect climate-friendly credentials of the game’s biggest sponsors.
Dale Vince is leading the way at Forest Green Rovers, where the organic pitch is mown by a solar-powered robot, the players play in kits made from recycled coffee beans and all the food is vegan. Their all-wooden stadium has planning permission and they believe it will be the greenest football stadium in the world.
Is playing less football the most important thing the game can do? Should away fans still be travelling to games when crowds are allowed back into stadiums? And shouldn’t Fifa be reducing, not expanding the number of international tournaments and friendlies?
We’re back on Thursday. And if you missed our previous specials on the game’s relationship with Brexit, dementia, gambling and mental health, plus Black Lives Matter, racism in football and representation in sports media, follow the links.