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2023-12-22 2:05 pm
Founders of The Cool Down podcast stand a footy oval. One holds a ball in his hand

The Cool Down podcast: footy players tackling climate

March 1, 2024
March 22, 2023

We’re excited to partner with Footy for Climate on the launch of The Cool Down podcast, a platform for conversations on climate change featuring AFL stars and climate experts.

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.

Listen to The Cool Down now on platforms like Apple podcasts or Spotify.

A group of people present in front of a crowd
From left to right - Tom Campbell, Jasper Pittard, Nell Morris-Dalton, and Jordan Roughead
"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.

From Left to right, Jasper Pittard, Izzy Huntington and Tom Cambell.
From Left to right - Jasper Pittard, Izzy Huntington and Tom Cambell.

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.

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