Golf and climate action conference takes place

By Alistair January 13, 2022 07:53 Updated

Representatives from golf and beyond have come together at Scotland’s ‘Climate Ambition Zone’ in Glasgow to discuss several important issues around the sport and climate action.

After opening remarks from Paul Bush OBE, director at Visit Scotland and Jonathan Smith, executive director, GEO Foundation, event host David Garrido from Sky Sports teed off the discussion. In-studio guests joined virtual speakers from all areas of the game, including facilities, tournaments, developments and golf tourism.

Conversations covered several critical topics on how golf and society can come together to take meaningful action. Whether that’s protecting ecosystems and habitats in general, encouraging more athletes to get involved in advocacy or just doing one thing in your role to get the momentum started.

Suzann Pettersen spoke about her commitment to sustainability since retiring from the game, “I feel I’ve got an important role here. Sport is such a great arena to raise awareness. We inspire and influence so many millions of people every day.”

Jonathan Smith said: “The team at GEO Foundation were pleased to be able to pull this important conversation together – to enable such a large audience to hear the perspectives from within and outside golf. We’d like to thank the Scottish government, all speakers and the audience, plus those that have helped promote and share the event. Now we look to the post-COP26 landscape to see what we can do best with partners and programme participants to help accelerate climate action in and through golf.”

By Alistair January 13, 2022 07:53 Updated

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