Changing the Conversation on Climate Change

By Noel Kinder

 

 

Oppressive heat. Severe storms. Mega wildfires. Air pollution. Climate change poses an unprecedented threat to our home field with extreme weather putting the future of sport at risk.

 

We exist to serve athletes and that means making sure athletes – from the everyday to the elite – all over the world have safe places to play, train and thrive.

 

It is clear to us that if there is no planet, there is no sport.

 

We know that the future of sport depends on the future of our planet. This understanding serves as our North Star for sustainability.

 

Today’s athletes are feeling the harsh realities of climate change: more hydration stops during a competitive race; events cancelled due to heat warnings; or moving play indoors when wildfires make the air unsafe to breathe.

 

There’s an urgent need for climate action.

We plan to take climate action the only way Nike knows how – with an athlete’s mindset of adaptability, persistence, relentlessness and determination. And we’re bringing this vigor to Climate Week in NYC, adding our voice and commitment to tackle climate change.

 

Today we’re debuting research developed with world-renowned climate scientists to explore what climate change will do to the future of sport if left unchecked. Athletes experience the world and their surrounding in unique ways; elevating those experiences helps us all understand what’s at stake.

 

Nike’s service of athletes has always included a belief that protecting the planet means protecting the future of sport for all of us. Now we’re accelerating our longstanding work in sustainability through Move to Zero, our journey towards zero carbon and zero waste. Here is how we are getting after it:

 

  • We’re on a mission to power our owned or operated facilities with 100% renewable energy by 2025.
  • We aim to reduce our carbon emissions across our global supply chain by 30% by 2030, in line with the Paris Agreement of 2015.
  • We envision a circular future and equipping the world with the brightest thinking through NikeCircularDesign.com.
  • We’re transforming trash into treasure through programs like Reuse-A-Shoe and Nike Grind, converting waste into new products, playgrounds, running tracks and courts.
  • We’re diverting more than 1 billion plastic bottles per year from landfill, melting them into yarns which create new jerseys and materials for Flyknit shoes.
  • We’re on a mission to eliminate single-use plastics on our global campuses.
  • We’re diverting 99.9% of all footwear manufacturing waste from landfills.

 

The path to sustainability can’t be competitive if we want to truly tackle climate change. So we’re forming teams with companies, NGOs and institutions to create real solutions to climate action. We are asking everyone to join in, with urgency. We’re optimistic that working together we can move the world forward through the power of sport.

 

Noel