IOC launches Climate Action Awards

The IOC launches the Climate Action Awards, three prizes to recognize climate actions taken by national committees, international federations and athletes.

by Chiara Aruffo

The IOC’s latest environmentally themed initiative is the Climate Action Awards to recognize projects tackling climate change. The idea follows the success of the Carbon Action Awards (we previously talked about theme here), an award given to 20 sports organizations that stood out for actions taken to reduce greenhouse gases.

The Climate Action Awards will be granted to three separate categories:

  • Climate Action for Sustainable Travel (sponsored by AirBnB): to recognize innovative actions and support on sustainable travel in the context of the sport calendar; applications are open for national committees, international federations and athletes (Olympians/Paralympians).
  • Climate Action for Athlete Advocacy (sponsored by P&G): to recognize athletes’ social engagement and advocacy in motivating citizens and communities to take action against climate change; applications are open for athletes with a chance to participate in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
  • Climate Action for Innovation (sponsored by Deloitte): to recognize innovative and educational efforts to reduce emissions for a sustainable future; applications are open for national committees, international federations and athletes (Olympians/Paralympians).

Nominations will be open until March 2023. Each award will be accompanied by money prize that can be donated to charity, used for a sustainability course or to cover travel expenses.

Athletes can apply at the following link, while national committees and federations should contact the IOC at sustainability@olympic.org

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