49 football clubs, hundreds of schools and thousands more take part in the CUP26 National Day of Climate Action
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Published: 5 October 2021
This Article was Written by: Katie Hill - My Green Pod
Today (05 October), CUP26 – football’s biggest-ever climate tournament campaign – is mobilising thousands of fans, families and schools to complete a hat-trick of climate actions to score goals for their team and protect the planet.
On the National Day of Climate Action, CUP26 players around the UK are going one step greener to back their clubs: walking or cycling instead of driving, eating a plant-based meal and sending a message to world leaders asking them for action on climate – all while wearing their football team’s colours.
Fan action on climate
With smaller clubs such as Cambridge United and Northampton Town currently beating some of the biggest Premier League sides, including Arsenal and Leicester, CUP26’s league table could see a big shake-up during the National Day of Climate Action.
In CUP26, fan action on climate determines the tournament winner, and today, every hat-trick action scores triple goals for the player’s team.
‘Thousands of people around the UK are today ditching their cars, cooking up plant-based feasts and asking world leaders to protect the planet as part of CUP26’s National Day of Climate Action. Football has incredible power to mobilise fans on issues they care about, and by scoring their hat-trick of actions, fans are doing their bit for the planet and helping their club win the tournament.’
CEO of Planet Super League
CUP26 will be presented to the winning side on the first Monday of COP26 in Glasgow. Since the tournament’s launch last month, more than 3,000 goals have been registered and verified, accounting for over 2000 climate actions. This has reduced carbon emissions by 14,000 kg and equates to planting 800 trees.
CUP26 is powered by Planet Super League, which engages families to take action against climate change through football, and Count Us In, a global movement of people taking practical steps to protect what they love from climate change.