Earth Day 2019 brought about a major announcement from the NHL. The League agreed to buy enough carbon offsets to cover their teams’ air travel during the first round of Stanley Cup playoffs. Working through the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, the NHL will be able to offset 465 metric tons of carbon emissions, the equivalent of 99 cars off the road for an entire year.
Though some fans may wonder why the NHL might take an interest in climate change, the issue is actually directly linked to the sport. The League released a sustainability report last year revealed that youth hockey is being threatened by climate change. The rising global temperature is melting ponds faster, making frozen pond hockey less accessible to rising hockey players. Carbon offsets are actually an important step in ensuring future generations have access to the sport.
Why We Like It
Not only does this move help with global climate change, by moving away from fossil fuels towards a sustainable energy source, but it also plays into the NHL’s mission to build a youth hockey pipeline. They are, in essence, addressing two objectives at once. We feel that programs and initiatives that are multifaceted are better received and better supported.
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