Hosted by St Kilda player Tom Campbell , co-founder of Footy for Climate, each week the podcast features a player from the AFL’s men's and women's competitions to talk about their life, their community and their connection to climate change. They speak with a different climate expert each episode about a particular issue and discuss what we can all do to tackle climate change.
"For so many people, sport is a great way to connect and create community. By helping to amplify these important climate conversations between players and climate experts, we’re hoping to show how we can work together on much needed climate action and protect the planet for generations to come," said Nicole Hunter, Bank Australia’s Head of Marketing.
In addition to the launch of the podcast, Footy for Climate is introducing a Player Engagement Strategy led by GWS GIANTS AFLW star Izzy Huntington.
"From discussions with a range of players so far, there is a real appetite to make a genuine impact in this space,…We really want to collaborate and form a strong network across the playing group. We’ll aim to tackle the low hanging fruit at our clubs and within our playing groups to start – focusing on ways we can reduce waste, recycle merch and provide educational resources. ” Izzy said.
Momentum on climate action is building in the AFL, with the recent appointment of Jo Gilbert as the AFL's Head of Sustainability. "This is a really important step in understanding our industry’s best path towards a sustainable future. We are really excited to collaborate with the AFL moving forward,” said Jasper Pittard, co-founder of Footy for Climate.
“It’s exciting to finally be able to share The Cool Down with footy fans. We know climate change can be overwhelming, so we made this show to connect current AFL players with climate experts and talk about the solutions to climate change that we can all be a part of,” Tom said.
The Cool Down podcast is available on all major podcast platforms.
Listen now to join the conversation on climate change– let’s work together to protect our planet for generations to come.