ATHLETES DOUBLE DOWN ON THEIR CALL TO FIS FOR CLIMATE ACTION
Sunday 12th February, World Champs, Courchevel. Protect Our Winters Ambassador Julian Schütter delivered an open letter to FIS signed by hundreds of athletes demanding greater action and transparency on climate.
The letter demanded the following:
● FIS representatives must commit to reaching net zero for all FIS operations and events by 2035 or prior.
● FIS has to create a sustainability strategy of how to achieve a 50% emissions reduction by 2030, as committed to through the UN Sports for Climate Action framework, and present it to the public before the start of the 2024 season.
● FIS has to install a sustainability department that ensures that sustainability becomes a key aspect of all governance processes and operations, which must be controlled and certified by an independent organization.
● Full transparency is needed to support FIS‘s role as a much needed pioneer on climate action.
You can read the letter and the full list of signatories (currently over 420, including the biggest names in the sport, like Mikaela Shiffrin (USA), Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (NOR), Travis Ganong (USA) along with Olympic cross-country skiing champion Jessie Diggins (USA), and the previous Freeride World Tour champions Arianna Tricomi (ITA) and Xavier de le Rue (FRA). Though the link below:
Since then, this action has grabbed media attention across the globe; almost universal coverage on TV and print media across the German-speaking press, and global coverage from Eurosport, Sky Sports, Washington Post, The Guardian, and many many more. With some probing journalism from the likes of Global Sustainable Sport starting to question the right of FIS to call itself “Climate Positive” given the highly opaque nature of its offsetting activities.
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