HCM Issue 10 2021

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Leisure centres and gyms are big energy consumers

Everyone’s talking about

Sustainability Climate change, like COVID-19, presents challenges that won’t go away and demands both our immediate attention and collective efforts. Kath Hudson reports

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s I write, Greenpeace activists have shut down Downing Street in London with an oil soaked statue of the British Prime Minister, following his support for climatedestroying oil field projects. The recent oil price crisis has shown us how vulnerable our dependency on fossil fuels

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makes us and this summer we saw the devastating reality of the climate crisis with forest fires and floods across Europe. Experts have said there must be no new fossil fuel projects if we’re going to stay below the global warming limit of 1.5 degrees. While many of the world’s governments failed to act in accordance with the Paris

Agreement and commitments made at COP25, the planet is moving past the tipping point and our ability to stay below two degrees – the absolute minimum required by the Paris Agreement to avoid natural catastrophe – is now in doubt. This really is everyone’s problem. So how is the UK health and fitness industry stepping up? We ask the experts.


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