Football fans, schools and families are preparing for the COP26 World Climate Summit by taking on a seven-week challenge to help the planet.
The biggest football campaign ever to tackle climate change, CUP26, was designed by Super League Planet, who seek to tackle climate change through football, and Count us in, a global movement of people and organizations taking concrete action to protect what they love from climate change, before it’s too late.
In partnership with Zero sky and Together for our planet, CUP26 kicked off on Monday and brought together 49 football clubs and community organizations across the UK to compete in fixtures where the fans are the ones with the ball.
There are over 50 goal scoring activities and the more steps fans take to reduce their carbon footprint, the more goals their club scores.
Activities include preparing a plant-based meal, biking and walking to work and school, and the Lucas Moura-sponsored “No Moura Landfill” – where fans show off their “tekkers” football while recycling.
25,000 more schools will receive a toolkit this week with instructions on how to get involved and score goals for their respective clubs while reducing their carbon footprint.
Upon completion of the challenge, the winner will receive the CUP26 Trophy in the first week of the COP26 Summit, which will be held in Glasgow from November 1-12, 2021.
#GameZero live on Sky Sports
Sky has partnered with Tottenham to host the world’s first zero-carbon football game at an elite level.
The September 19 match between Tottenham and Chelsea is supported by the COP26 and the Premier League, and will be dubbed #GameZero, with the ambition of being net zero carbon. This is achieved when emissions are reduced as much as possible, the rest being offset by natural projects that remove emissions from the atmosphere.
Sky, Tottenham Hotspur and the UK government want the game to raise awareness of the threat of climate change and inspire football fans to make simple changes that will help reduce their carbon footprint.