The AFL Players’ Association (AFLPA) and elite players are taking a stand for climate action, partnering with Footy For Climate to protect both the game and the planet for future generations.

Climate change poses a significant threat to the sports industry, affecting athletes, officials, fans, and the broader community. The AFLPA has been a strong supporter of Footy For Climate since its inception, helping to establish the organization and linking it with the player community. Through AFL Players Care, players have contributed $100,000 to the cause, demonstrating their commitment to inspiring climate action from grassroots to elite levels.

Recent survey research conducted by FrontRunners revealed that 92% of AFL and AFLW players are concerned about climate change. AFLPA Acting CEO Regan Bunny emphasized the responsibility sporting bodies have in this regard. “As sporting bodies, we have a responsibility to protect the game we love, and those that play it, in order for it to be around as long as possible. The AFLPA is committed to climate action, to lead by example within the industry, and to look after the planet for future generations,” said Bunny.

The AFLPA has already undertaken several initiatives to reduce emissions, including signing the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and completing its second annual carbon audit. The association aims to halve emissions by 2030 and achieve net zero by 2040, in line with UNFCCC requirements. This involves ongoing efforts to cut carbon emissions and regularly tracking progress through UNFCCC audits.

Footy For Climate founder and current AFL player Tom Campbell highlighted the organization’s mission. “Footy For Climate works to protect the future of football at all levels from the impacts of climate change. We empower AFL and AFLW players to become climate leaders, tell powerful stories, and support the renewable energy transition of Australian Rules Football,” said Campbell.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 07: Tom Campbell of the Saints is challenged by Max Heath oduring a St Kilda Saints AFL training session at RSEA Park on September 07, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

In a bid to raise awareness, Footy For Climate has produced an installation currently on display in the Queen’s Hall at Victorian Parliament House until June 20. This exhibit offers the public an opportunity to learn about the collaborative efforts within the AFL industry to safeguard the game for all.

With these initiatives, the AFLPA and Footy For Climate are leading the charge in the sports community, advocating for urgent climate action to ensure a sustainable future for Australian Rules Football.