Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Lebron James in 2008, fighting climate change in a Spongebob video game, before talking about global warming was cool.
SPORT IS NOT ONLY ONE OF THE FIRST VICTIMS OF CLIMATE CHANGE, BUT ALSO ATTRACTS TREMENDOUS ATTENTION ACROSS ALL PARTS OF SOCIETY – MUCH MORE THAN POLITICS OR SCIENCE, IN FACT.
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The good news? A new generation of athletes is recognizing their impact and using their platform to answer that call.
In-fact, here are four other athletes you had no idea where environmentalists:
01. Serena Williams
Serena Williams is not only one of the most infamous tennis players of all time, but an incredible ambassador for sustainable living, plant-based diets, deforestation, and saving our oceans. She invests in sustainable startups as well, including Impossible Foods, maker of the impossible burger. More recently she launched her S By Serena Spring line which includes eco-friendly clothing and has initiatives to empower working women.
02. Lauri Markkanen
Lauri Markkanen, Finnish forward for the Chicago Bulls, is incredibly public about his eco-friendly lifestyle, encouraging his fans to follow suit in any way they can. His Instagram feed is covered in posts about his electric car, recycling tips, and his plant-based diet. In 2020, Lauri got creative about spreading awareness about the direct link between global warming and the increase in extreme weather. He premiered a series of dunks on his social media, each with a namesake for different types of weather, such as blizzards, hurricanes and flash floods.
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03. Devin Logan
Devin Logan, olympic freeskier from Vermont won a silver medal for her slopestyle and should win a medal for her focus on making environmental activism accessible. She is affiliated with Protect Our Winters (POW), a climate change non-profit, which gives her the support to campaign about all the easy changes we can make in our lifestyle, to make a difference. On Earth Day she partnered with sustainable brands to get vulnerable about her personal journey as an eco-conscious person.
04. Lebron James
Other than his Spongebob video game debut, the basketball player has always made it a focus to educate children about environmentalism and giving back to his community through his iPromise Institute. He’s also not afraid to use his position to bring up social injustices that are tied to our environmental issues.
Better yet! Many athletes are continuing this activism, even after they leave the athletic “stage.”