It’s that time of year again. The start of the season also signals the beginning of the previous campaign's carbon footprint calculation process. We were able to learn a lot last year as we embarked on this process for the very first time, calculating our carbon impact across season 2021/22. This year we want to go further, dive deeper into the activities and, most importantly, the emissions of the club.
We know that the qualification for European football in 2022/23 will obviously have increased the emissions from player travel. Participation in European football also increased the emissions from the hordes of red and white adorned Arsenal fans who give the team such magnificent support from Portugal to Norway. We look at all aspects of the club, from out retail stores to the offices, from the Academy to Emirates Stadium.
We want to know where our emissions are coming from. We recognise our responsibility to take action and this carbon footprint work will help channel our efforts where they are needed most. We will also be paying close scrutiny to our supply chains and looking at ways we can become better at delivering products to our fans around the world.
From the results of this work, we can continue our quest to continually reduce our emissions, and use the comparable data from season 2021/22 to measure our progress.
In Bore, where we have now planted over 28,000 trees in our Arsenal Forest, the two local football teams, the Bore Lions and Bore Lionesses are both now sponsored by the Gunners, providing kit and equipment each year. The players in the teams, many of whom also work in the Arsenal Forest nursery, are seen as role models to young people and the people of the region as a whole and they are often invited to community events as 'special guests'.
Both teams were recently invited to attend a meeting at the Bore Singwaya trading post, where they were asked to demonstrate their respective training regimes to the Bore Green Umbrella membership and the wider Bore community. The BGU are a collective that works to help the Bore community become more sustainable and self reliant.
Bore is populated almost exclusively by people of the Giriama tribe, one of over 30 distinct ethnic groups within Kenya and the Giriama are known throughout the country for their dancing skills. Often, the Lionesses training sessions in particular seem to be a fusion of football and dance and each session generally tends to end with a wonderful display of dancing. Not surprisingly, our Lions and Lionesses demonstration was very warmly received at the trading post.
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