BCCI goes “Green” with United Nations to promote Cricket

Have heard about ‘go green’ initiative to promote nature and spreading the need to have a pollution free environment. But have you ever heard about ‘Green Cricket’? The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and UN Environment signed an agreement to promote ‘green’ cricket in India.

The BCCI board has joined hands with the United Nations in promoting the green initiative and tackles the environmental issues. BCCI acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary and Erik Solheim, Executive Director of UN Environment, signed a letter of intent at the BCCI headquarters ahead of the IPL final between Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

“The partnership aims to spread greater awareness about key environmental challenges facing the country, and highlight alternate and more sustainable solutions. The BCCI will endeavor to reduce its environmental impact by greening operations and engaging cricketers and fans in green initiatives,” said the BCCI in a statement.

Commenting on the initiative, Choudhary said: “We will help make cricket green and sensitize spectators towards minimizing waste generation during matches.” The partnership will also focus on phasing out single-use plastic across stadiums in the country.

Even during the course of IPL, a film with messages from captains of various franchises was created and aired in stadiums highlighting hazards of plastic pollution. At the four matches played at the Holkar Stadium, a Green Protocol based on the concept of 3Rs – to reduce, reuse and recycle was implemented.

“A plastic audit is being undertaken there to assess the types and volumes of single-use plastic generated and chart a course to implement the waste management system,” read the statement further.

Similarly, at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru, the Karnataka State Cricket Association replaced plastic cups and bottles with environment-friendly alternatives for over 32,000 fans.

Cricket has been termed as a religion in the country of India as every person is a crazy diehard fan of cricket. Taking such initiative by the BCCI takes a step forward for saving the environment and this will ultimately help in creating a safe and sound environment.

 

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