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FIS SIGNS UP TO UN CLIMATE CHANGE INITIATIVE - James Cove, PlanetSKI Editor
Thursday September 26, 2019 - Email this article to a friend

The International Ski Federation has had joined the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework and made it part of its sustainability policy.




80 sports organisations have signed up to the Sports for Climate Action Framework.

The organising committees for the next 3 Olympics have also joined.

Now the International Ski Federation is on board too.

Signatories are called on to promote five core principles:
  • Promote greater environmental responsibility.
  • Reduce the overall climate impact from sports.
  • Use our platform to educate for climate action.
  • Promote sustainable and responsible consumption.
  • Advocate for climate action through communications.
It comes as a UN report says there are now shorter winters across the globe that affects winter athletes.

It also describes the increase in glaciers melting.

The report claims that Arctic snow cover in June has shrunk more than half since 1967 with Arctic sea ice in September is down almost 13% per decade since 1979.

The move from FIS is seen as a change of direction after its president, Gian Franco Kasper, earlier spoke of "so-called climate change" and said he would rather deal with dictators than environmentalists.

More than 9,000 people wrote to FIS demanding serious action on climate change and some called for his resignation.

We reported on his remarks and the row it caused at the time on PlanetSKI.

Now Kasper has said, "This is an important and clear step for FIS to play its role in combating climate change."

"The Framework provides sports organisations with tangible guidance via its five principles to help sports organisations serve as role models in sustainability," he added.

The environmental group Protect Our Winters, POW, has welcome the new move.

"We are encouraged to see that the FIS listened to the concerns of our community and hope this is the first step in FIS leveraging its platform to address the crisis with the urgency and seriousness it deserves," said POW executive director, Mario Molina.

Here on PlanetSKI we are running a special series of stories this week on climate change and its impact on the mountains:

For the Spirit of the Mountains - PlanetSKI: Number One for ski news

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