Hannah and Martin are elite athletes whose passion for sport is matched by their care for nature and the environment.
As EU Climate Ambassadors, they will use their platform to promote wider participation in climate action and environmental protection.
Join Hannah’s Big Plastic Pledge today and find out how you can use your voice to make a positive impact on the world around you.
I BELIEVE IT IS EVERY PERSON’S RESPONSIBILITY TO DO WHAT THEY CAN TO HELP ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE, BECAUSE THIS GLOBAL PROBLEM AFFECTS EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US.
The role of the Ambassadors will be to reach out to people or organisations that are not yet involved in climate action; inform, inspire and support climate action within their communities and networks; lead by example in climate action and environmental protection; and become a bridge between civil society, interested stakeholders and the European Commission.
Athletes can ‘really make a difference’
“I believe it is every person’s responsibility to do what they can to help address climate change, because this global problem affects each and every one of us,” said Hannah, who won gold for Great Britain at Rio 2016 and silver at London 2012 in the women’s 470 class.
She is a passionate environmentalist and founder of The Big Plastic Pledge, which launched in September 2019 with the support of the IOC. The campaign has so far united more than 3,000 athletes and sports fans in their mission to eradicate single-use plastic in sport.
“Sport has a huge role to play,” Hannah added. “There are many reasons for this, including the reach of global sporting events and the fact that sport is an ‘innovator’, always pushing boundaries. If we can use its power to help more people understand climate change and the available solutions to address it, then we can really make a difference.”
Match your love of sport with environmental care
Martin is a Norwegian rower who has already qualified for Tokyo 2020 in the men’s quadruple sculls. As part of his commitment to protect the ocean, he has pledged to clean up five tonnes of waste on Norwegian shores. He is also an IOC and FISA Clean Seas Ambassador.
“I’m extremely proud to have become a European Climate Pact Ambassador,” he said. “I believe that, in today’s world, athletes need to match their love of sport with care for the environment, on which we all depend. I am passionate about rowing, but my passion for nature is just as big. I look forward to inspiring more people and communities around the world to take meaningful action to protect it.”
I BELIEVE THAT, IN TODAY’S WORLD, ATHLETES NEED TO MATCH THEIR LOVE OF SPORT WITH CARE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, ON WHICH WE ALL DEPEND.
Climate change and sport
Climate change is disrupting the environment and human lives globally. It is also affecting sport; unreliable snow and temperatures impact winter sports, while extreme weather events threaten the health of athletes, event organisers and fans.
Part of the European Green Deal – the EU’s roadmap for creating a more sustainable economy – the European Climate Pact aims to give citizens and all parts of society a voice in addressing climate change. Hannah and Martin were announced as Ambassadors during the European Climate Pact launch in December 2020, having both been proposed for the role by the IOC.