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Playing against the clock: Climate impacts on sport

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Hosted by Australian Communities Foundation
13 March 2024

As the most well-resourced and influential stakeholders in the sporting world, sporting governing bodies have an elevated duty to ensure that they manage the risks of climate change and contribute to mitigation and adaptation solutions.

In 2023, FrontRunners and the Environmental Defenders Office prepared a comprehensive analysis of the risks climate change poses to Australia’s national and state sporting organisations. The findings show the sector’s climate response is falling short across environmental sustainability initiatives, mitigation, adaption, emissions reduction, and the health impacts of climate change on players.

Join us to: 

  • Understand the risks climate change poses to sport in our country
  • Explore how we can harness sport’s cultural power to accelerate climate action and environmental care
  • Gain insights into the role sports entities play in combatting climate change
  • Learn about organisations and movements mobilising within the sports industry to adapt and respond to these challenges

Please note: This event will take place in person at our Community of Giving and online via Zoom.

Event information

Wednesday 13 March
5:45pm – 7:30pm AEDT (Online)
5:30pm for a 5:45pm start AEDT (In-person)

This event will be held online. Registrants will be sent a link on the day to join via Zoom.


Emma Pocock, CEO and co-Founder, FrontRunners

Emma’s mission is to help secure the future of sport in a changing climate. Leading FrontRunners, Emma has overseen the biggest athlete-led campaign in Australia’s history, with almost 500 athletes from 40+ sports calling on the government to lift its climate ambition in the wake of the 2020 Black Summer bushfires. She was instrumental in establishing Footy for Climate, has worked to support Australian cricket captain Pat Cummins’ Cricket for Climate foundation, and a range of other climate and sustainability projects within the sporting landscape.

David Morris, CEO, Environmental Defenders Office (EDO)

David is responsible for the strategic oversight and delivery of EDO’s public interest environmental law services throughout Australia-Pacific. He leads a talented team of experts, dedicated to finding legal solutions that protect nature, communities, and our climate. He was previously named Mahla Pearlman Young Australian Environmental Lawyer of the Year by the Law Council of Australia, and held voluntary governance roles with Torquay Surf Lifesaving Club, Environment Centre Northern Territory, and Australian Conservation Foundation.

Nicola Barr, Current player, GIANTS AFLW and Decarbonising Sport Lead, FrontRunners

Number one draft pick Nicola is a three-time Giants Community award winner, and is passionate about the intersection between sport and climate. At FrontRunners, she focuses on helping sports organisations become climate leaders. Alongside her playing career and work at FrontRunners, she is studying a Master of Sustainability at the University of Sydney, following a short course in Business Sustainability Management through the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.


This session is open to Australian Communities Foundation fundholders and clients. Contact us to register.