When sport rhymes with eco-responsibility and zero waste…

On April 15, Sport in France kicked off Sport Planète, the channel’s first (monthly) meeting devoted to sport and environmental protection, jointly established by MAIF and the channel Sport in France. For the occasion, Gaëlle Millon, the host of this program that combines sport and eco-responsibility and aims to highlight all those committed to eco-responsible sport, had received four guests on his set: Emmanuelle Boissier, Justine Birot, Clément Chapel and Nicolas Vandenelsken. The first, project manager at the Paris climate agency, which supports Parisians in their energy transition, is also responsible for the “Sport zero plastic” project, which mainly concerns amateur clubs. “During a meeting with the clubs, the idea arose that we were trying to make people aware of the different ways it could reduce their environmental impact and we realized that they really wanted concrete projects and not theory, so we told ourselves that we are going to set up this project to support the clubs in implementing actions in the field to reduce single-use plastics”, explained Emmanuelle Boissier at the time, with the Paris 13 table tennis table as reference, which was used in particular alongside the project. “He raised awareness in all classes with a quiz about plastic waste and presented the solutions that were being introduced, such as snowshoes made from recycled textiles. He also raised awareness among his members on World Water Day.”

“The attitude of trailers is changing”

On the same ground of ecological responsibility, the Paris Eco-trail is also a safe bet in terms of non-waste. Last March, during the 15th edition, the day before the race, 13,000 runners raised awareness of eco-responsibility during the traditional distribution of bibs (trash bag, transport label, eco-cup) and then responsible for collecting their waste throughout the race , had participated in this very dedicated event for the planet, founded in 2010. Justine Birot, sustainable development manager of the meeting, appreciated the efforts of the participants. “We can see that trailer attitudes are changing. Our role is to raise awareness of practices and climate issues, with a dream that is to reward year-round commitments rather than achievements. Trailers bring their water bottle, their glass and we offer many things in terms of food: everything is in bulk, nothing is packaged and we only work with local producers In addition, 95% of the runners come from Ile de France. about what’s going on.”

Hundred kilometer race for the good of the planet

A project also involving the two eco-adventurers Clément Chapel and Nicolas Vandenelsken, guests of the last part of this first program of Sport Planète. The two men had already led projects together and worked for one on major sporting events. On return from a six month stay in New Zealand, Nicolas Vandenelsken decided to think about how he could help the planet. From this reflection, the Greenico Tour was born, a kind of Tour de France with a sauce of eco-responsibility, created through the Uni-vert Sport association dear to the two men. “I had worked a lot on the Tour de France rider. I said to myself: why not do a Tour de France to appeal to as many people as possible. The idea was to ride about 38 kilometers a day in the morning and to raise awareness in the afternoon about waste, sports health and climate change and to talk about this goal with a sports performance.” Before his friend, the tractor hit the roads of South Australia. “I was running home from work on an absolutely heavenly Kangaroo Island, I came across a can every twenty meters. I told myself that it was not possible here and because I was looking for a sporting challenge to get back into the sport.” I had this idea to run around this island and clean up the litter and invite everyone to take action.” It is in the sense that Clément Chapel, founder of Ploggathon in May 2020, ran 100 kilometers for the planet on 13 May 2021 together with… Nicolas Vandenelsken. Ultimately almost logical insofar as it carries the same message and also challenges people through sports, always with the primary goal of raising awareness. “The goal is to tell ourselves that we can all do our best and change our habits by reducing everything we can reduce, knowing that food waste is the number one waste to be recycled,” recalls Chapel, who recalls adds “we will all win”.