Beautiful people were once again on the set of Gaëlle Millon on the occasion of the second program of the season of Sport Planète, the monthly meeting devoted to sport and the protection of the environment, jointly created by MAIF and the sports channel in France and which has led to aim to highlight everyone who is committed to an eco-responsible sport against a background of harmony between sport and eco-responsibility. Yann Leymarie, Viviane Fraisse and Justine Dupont took turns speaking about their love for the planet and the daily struggle they fight in their fields to help protect it. It is in the sense that Yann Leymarie has created “Surfrider”, an ecological OMG that protects the oceans as part of a mission closely linked to the sports world, the true DNA of this association that was originally founded as a network founded by surfers for surfers. All with the aim of “protecting their play areas”. “Surfrider” has grown tremendously since then. “We also work with divers and swimmers, we try to go much further and really have the values of sport at the heart of our action,” acknowledges Yann Leymarie, with a long-term vision. “In the environment, you have to look as far ahead as possible and get a lot of players involved. We put together a ten-year strategy to have time to do things right, but also to be able to step back from a scientific point of view. . »
Sensors to identify pollutants not visible in the water
With “Surfrider” it is now also about water quality. With the help of navigator Paul Meillat, the children are thus informed about this waste that inevitably ends up in the sea if it is not thrown in the right place. And to work in depth on water quality measurements, sensors are even used. “We equip people who have been in the water for almost whole months with sensors that capture the toxicity or the chemicals in the environment to see what the user or person’s exposure is to contaminants that are not visible,” explains Yann Leymarie, who can only benefit from Justine Dupont’s permission. “It is not necessary to go far. In France, on our coasts, after rain or good storms, we can see it on the beaches or in the water, sometimes with molecules that are not even visible,” laments the multiple surfing world champion, known as one of the best big wave surfers in the world and whose incredible season was the subject of the documentary “A la foil”.
Stop ? Justine Dupont prefers to make money…
“It was my best season in the ocean, it was magical because all the biggest waves resulted in the best sessions in ten years. All that in one season. It was a bit of a Grand Slam. And being able to move and perform on these waves , it was magical to experience,” recalls the champion, who regrets nevertheless that he had to travel by plane (four trips) and used a jet ski to get to the relevant places, especially in Tahiti, which attaches great importance to reducing CO2 emissions. “I’m perfectly aware of it, I also have the solution to quit, but it’s my job, I love it,” replies the surfer, who thought with MAIF on how to ensure that these trips nevertheless benefit the planet. “We have set up a project with MAIF that consists of calculating this carbon footprint and monetizing it with a check for an association of my choice. This year it is for the association of Coralie Balmy Cocoa And Lo that aims to has to make kids aware of the ocean and get to know it and swim in the ocean and then be able to respect it.” Respect for the environment or Justine Dupont’s keyword in her daily life. A crucial fight in his eyes. “It’s a game to see every day how we can reduce as much as possible; eat local, use gourds, use burlap to build the shelves…”
Bad student tennis? Not for long…
And because tennis is also ecologically responsible, the French Tennis Federation has also stepped up a gear, if only to ensure that its sport is no longer one of the most polluting sports. “We were challenged by a study in 2007 that showed that tennis was quite a polluting sport, especially because of the ball that was not recycled. We suddenly signed an environmental charter and we calculated our loan carbon,” said Viviane Fraisse, CSR manager of the FFT and the tournaments that the FFT organizes, without hiding it the authority dear to Gilles Moretton wanted to attack Roland-Garros. As a symbol. “It is important to tackle Roland-Garros first, that is the showcase and has significant international influence. We have signed commitments with quantified targets, especially in the areas of sustainable food, energy, waste reduction and plastic packaging “We also have a lot of work to do on the water and the most sustainable mobility possible by favoring the metro and the bicycle or scooter. Next year the objective is a one hundred percent electric vehicle fleet.”
From yellow balls to… prisons
An ecological fresco of tennis (“little brother of the fresco of the climate but applied to the game of tennis”), a forest ravaged by bad weather that needs to be reforested, the FFT didn’t skimp on redeeming good behavior. The clubs have also become involved, primarily TC Paris, which is fully committed to this environmentally friendly approach. “We have set up a charter with our members that includes a whole range of approaches, whether optimizing energy consumption, recycling or sorting waste”, the executive director of the TCP Bernard David proudly confides, while Viviane Fraisse from the operation “yellow bullets”, against the background of bullet recycling, even if those of Roland-Garros are only at the end of their lives. “This consists of recycling used balls, collecting them, grouping them and returning them to a crushing center in the most environmentally friendly way. We extract rubber granulates and use these aggregates to make floors. hospitals or prisons.The study published in 2007 on tennis backlog seems to be getting worse by the day.