Foundation combats climate change through sports development.

Akpoyibo Green Foundation combats climate change through sports development.

Two Goals, 1 assist maker and the winning team at the Opening match of the ongoing Akpoyibo Green Foundation Youth football tournament was off to a flying start. And the beautiful thing; they had some star quality as popular comedian and nollywood star, AY Makun was on hand to deliver those two assists in under 25 minutes. Nice one, as Nigerians are wont to say. And you can imagine the glee on the faces of his young team mates and the motivation he has instilled in them.

And this is what the Akpoyibo Green Foundation has set out to do through this very first youth tournament by the foundation. With support from the Asteven Group, arguably the largest indigenous renewable energy company in West Africa, the foundation is set to grow grassroots football; engage youths in career development and provide a sustainable means of livelihood.

But that is not all. What makes this tournament really unique? ‘We are set to displace I million tons of CO2 through our green football practices and encouraging green growth awareness through football’, says the foundation President, Dr. Sunny Akpoyibo.

Speaking further, he stated that ‘Football is the global language of communication and unity and its appeal has to be used to drive socio-economic development of youths in Nigeria and also be utilized to combat the menace of climate change. This initiative is a first in respect of sports management, representation and the enhanced role of football in national environmental consciousness”

Football has always been seen as a unifying tool but only recently has its potentials for green growth awareness been explored. Akpoyibo Green Foundation is set to ensure these potentials are realized through creating a platform for environmental and green growth awareness through football, in direct response and to help the Nigerian government achieve its targets as part of the National Determined Contributions, ratified by President Muhammadu Buhari in November 2018, under the amended Kyoto Protocol.

Supporting this initiative, AY, a former youth football player and ardent football enthusiast, stated that he believes football provides a huge opportunity to motivate youths and as a climate change ambassador, he is motivated to ensure that awareness of climate change is spread.