KILIAN JORNET LAUNCHES OUTDOOR FRIENDLY PLEDGE TO HELP PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT

TRAIL RUNNING ICON CALLS ON RUNNERS, EVENT ORGANISERS, FEDERATIONS AND BRANDS TO MAKE OUTDOOR SPORT MORE SUSTAINABLE


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KILIAN JORNET LAUNCHES OUTDOOR FRIENDLY PLEDGE TO HELP PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT

Three-time UTMB champion Kilian Jornet has launched the Outdoor Friendly Pledge, which is designed to promote the more environmentally sustainable practice of outdoor sports.

Aimed at events, athletes, federations and brands, the movement calls for a combined effort to reduce pollution and greenhouse gases resulting from sporting activities.

Jornet, the world’s most famous trail runner will speak at the US Trail Running Conference this week to outline his goals.

For each segment of the sporting community, the pledge lists 10 ways in which they could play their part in helping the environment.

The goals for athletes are set out as follows:

Reduce the travel to a maximum of 3 CO2e tons/year (measured in metric tonnes of carbon dioxide-equivalent).

Refuse to participate in activities with high-carbon emissions for communication purposes (filming with helicopter, photographers traveling from far away, travel far to do a shooting)

Do carbon offset compensation of all travels.

Promote participation in local races and adventures.

Get politically active and advocate to the community about the importance of taking measures to fight climate change and challenge them to adopt environmentally friendly practices. Tell your audience about it at least one time per month.

Do at least one act of environmental or conservation work every year.

Get informed and respect the local and seasonal restrictions where you practise your sport in order to minimise the environmental footprint.

Recycle, reuse, reduce and re-purpose the equipment. For sponsored athletes, reduce the product allocation received to the minimum required for your activities.

Check the ecological footprint of the equipment you purchase and preferentially buy products that can be reused or recycled into new products.

Adopt a climate friendly lifestyle, e.g. what I eat, where I get the energy from, how I transport myself, where I invest my money…

Event organisers are also encouraged to commit to one or more of 10 goals as part of the pledge. Becoming carbon-neutral, using 100% renewable energy and reducing waste by at least 50% are some of the key messages.

Likewise, brands are urged to design their products to be durable and repairable, among other targets. The initiative said federations should aim to introduce regulations forbidding the use of toxic products and work only with environmentally responsible companies, amid the 10 goals listed for them.

The pledge document states: “Generally, outdoor sports practitioners have a slightly higher environmental consciousness than people in other sports, meaning they interact with the natural environment regularly and form close personal and emotional bonds with the natural world. Nevertheless, they have a 40% greater carbon footprint from practicing their sports than athletes from other individual sports (1), and the difference is even bigger when compared to team sports.”

Many of the world’s top trail runners have already signed the pledge, including three-time UTMB champion Xavier Thevenard, plus Clare Gallagher, Francesco Puppi and Pascal Egli, as well as leading Brits Damian Hall and Finlay Wild.

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