Arsenal lauded by Forest Green Rovers owner Dale Vince for being first Premier League club to sign up to UN climate change pledge

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Forest Green Rovers owner Dale Vince applauded Arsenal for becoming the first Premier League club to sign up to a United Nations plan to help tackle climate change.

The Gunners signed up to the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework to pledge to help fight climate change and help others to do so.

Forest Green Rovers owner Dale Vince praised Arsenal for signing up to the framework

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Forest Green Rovers owner Dale Vince praised Arsenal for signing up to the framework

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin became the second largest investor in Forest Green earlier this year.

Vince joined White and Jordan on talkSPORT to speak about the framework and encouraged others to sign up.

He said: “I was really impressed. We’ve been in touch with Arsenal, through Hector (Bellerin), talking about a couple of different things but we were super impressed they’ve taken the plunge and signed up to the scheme.

“I don’t think it’s a scary thing to do but at the same time for the first Premier League club to do it, it means something.

“We were talking to a EFL for a while about this and the FA were considering signing up for it. I would encourage them to do that because it would send a clear signal to the member clubs.

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin is the second largest shareholder of Forest Green Rovers

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Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin is the second largest shareholder of Forest Green Rovers

“At the same time member clubs can jump in. There is a framework from the UN, I think we’ve got nearly 200 signatories in the global world of sport and everybody is in there pitching ideas and supporting each other and sharing best practice.”

Forest Green have been recognised by FIFA and the UN as the world’s most environmentally friendly club.

The club went fully vegan in 2015 and became the world’s first carbon-neutral club in 2017.

They also had plans approved last year for a new wooden stadium that would be ‘low carbon and low impact’.

Vince said each football club should take responsibility for their impact.


He added: “It’s really about taking responsibility as a football club for the platform we have and role we can play in educating people about climate change and the ways we need to change in how we need to live to fight that.

“It’s about having the platform and taking responsibility. The three big areas we need to focus on are energy, transport and food because 80 per cent of our personal carbon footprint is how we power homes, how we travel and what we eat.

“The same rule of thumb applies to businesses and football clubs as well. At Forest Green, we’ve got solar panels on our rooftops, we’ve got electric charging points for our fans and have a vegan match day menu.”





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