A World Cup Condemned
FIFA organisers have been condemned by climate activists across the world this week. They face accusations of making false claims regarding the carbon neutrality of the sporting event, which is being held in Qatar next month.
Environmentalists have published evidence that the carbon emissions from the building of new infrastructure alone, are three times higher than what FIFA initially projected. Which significantly already stands at 3.6 million tonnes.
Additionally, the Qatar World Cup Has Been Criticised by Footballers Themselves.
Footballers include Tessel Middag of Rangers WFC and Elin Landstrom of AS Roma Women. Athletes are using their agency as climate allies to condemn FIFA’s greenwashing of the event.
It is reassuring to see figures within the sport standing up to powerhouses like FIFA. Who is using the scapegoating argument that it is event attendees travelling for the event who are responsible for over half the emissions estimated. FIFAs narrative of the event whistles in alignment with that of large corporate marketing. The sports regulator is also a huge business, whose practices are most dangerous to climate mitigation. Such perpetrators are determined to steer attention away from their internal macro responsibility. They do so through deflection onto the individual.
Underestimating the Number of Carbon Emissions Is Not the Only Issue Being Called Out by Climate Activists.
The climate scientist, professor Kevin Anderson warns that there will be a “global human cost to the tournament.” Scientists are also condemning the use of the term carbon-neutral within the context of the World Cup. Highlighting that the proclaimed green initiatives of the event, such as the green-building certification of stadium infrastructure, and sustainable waste management are inaccurate because they are not removing any carbon from the atmosphere.
Quite the opposite, the Qatar World Cup’s climate-friendly strategies according to climate specialists’ calculations are merely a ‘green performance’ marketing strategy of FIFA. Organisers at FIFA have not only dramatically underestimated the emissions produced, but it’s also inaccurately claimed its offset initiatives will counteract the harm done to the environment. Which through the enormous scale of its production and the realities of the event are undeniably impactful.