Call for articles: Sport and the environment

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Spotlight on sport and the environment

With support from Swedish Postcode Foundation, sportanddev is launching a spotlight on sport and the environment. We aim to increase awareness and knowledge of the topic, and to increase debate and dialogue. 

Along with this call for articles, we will also launch a website section and organise a webinar in the coming weeks. 

Call for articles

We are inviting you to submit articles to sportanddev on the topic of sport and the environment. You can contribute on behalf of an organisation highlighting how you are tackling the issue or as an individual sharing your views. We are open to receiving articles on a range of subjects, but some questions to consider are below. 

  • How does your organisation promote learning about the environment (such as waste/litter, ecosystem, carbon footprint, conservation, climate change, etc.) in sport for development programming?
  • What role can sport play in combating crucial threats to the environment?
  • How can sport support sustainability and contribute to the environment-related Sustainable Development Goals?
  • What examples can you share where sport or sport events created a negative impact on the environment? 
  • How can athlete voices bring attention to environmental topics?
  • How can major sporting events reduce their carbon footprint? 
  • What are two to three challenges that you confront when working in sport and the environment, and how do you seek to overcome these challenges?
  • What information and resources would you like to see and have in your work toward utilising sport to address environmental issues?
  • What are two to three innovative ideas, tips, solutions or recommendations you would like to share and pass on to others with respect to addressing environmental issues and topics through sport? 
  • Are sport for development organisations doing enough to address environmental topics in their programs? How can a wider variety of organisations be encouraged to prioritise environmental topics?
  • What do you see as future opportunities for addressing the environment in and through sport?

Contributors are free to explore other questions in addition to those listed.


Deadline: 30 March 2023.

Articles should:

  • Be 500-1,000 words long
  • Include a relevant photo in landscape (horizontal) orientation, for which you own the copyright, or is subject to some form of creative commons license. The photo must be accompanied with a credit and caption. If you do not have a picture, we will attempt to source one.
  • Include a 1-2 sentence biography of the author(s)
  • Include links to any websites, Twitter profiles or Facebook accounts you would like associated with the post
  • Not be promotional or press releases, but rather share learning for the broader field

More Information:

  • See our article guidelines in English and French.
  • There will be a sport and environment webinar hosted by sportanddev in the week of 27 March 2023.
  • Please send any questions about the sport and the environment spotlight or call for articles to Erika Mueller Chen at Erika_Mueller@Alumni.Brown.Edu.
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