During the launch of the season of Sport Planète, the first meeting of the Sport channel in France dedicated to the protection of the environment and created jointly with MAIF, last April, Gaëlle Millon, presenter of this program combining sport and eco-responsibility , had received Emmanuelle Boissier, Justine Birot as well as Clément Chapel Nicolas Vandenelsken to talk about the Paris Eco-trail, the Sport Zero Plastic project but also more generally about waste awareness.
On April 15, Sports in France kicked off Sport Planète, the channel’s first (monthly) show dedicated to sport and environmental protection, and created jointly by MAIF and the channel Sports in France. For the occasion, Gaëlle Millon, the presenter of this program combining sport and eco-responsibility and aiming to highlight all those who act for eco-responsible sport, had received four guests on his set: Emmanuelle Boissier, Justine Birot, Clément Chapel and Nicolas Vandenelsken. The first, project manager at the Paris climate agency, which supports Parisians in their energy transition, is also in charge of the “Zero Plastic Sport” project, which mainly concerns amateur clubs. “The idea emerged during a meeting with the clubs that we were trying to raise awareness of the different ways in which it could reduce their environmental impact and we realized that they really wanted concrete projects and not theory, so we said to ourselves that we were going to set up this project to support the clubs in the implementation of actions in the field to reduce single-use plastic, ”explained Emmanuelle Boissier at the time, citing as a reference the Paris 13 table tennis, particularly committed alongside the project. “He raised awareness in all classes with a quiz on plastic waste and presented the solutions put in place like recycled textile rackets. It also raised awareness among its members on World Water Day. »
“The attitude of trailers is changing”
On this same ground of eco-responsibility, the Paris Eco-trail is also a safe bet in terms of non-waste. Last March, during the 15th edition, 13,000 runners, made aware of eco-responsibility the day before the race during the traditional distribution of bibs (waste pouch, transport label, eco-cup) and then responsible for picking up their waste throughout the race, had participated in this very committed event for the planet founded in 2010. Justine Birot, sustainable development manager for the meeting, appreciated the efforts made by the participants. “We see that the attitude of trailers is changing. Our role is to raise awareness of climate practices and issues, with a dream that is to reward commitments throughout the year rather than performance. The trailers bring their water bottle, their glass and we offer a lot of things in terms of food: everything is in bulk, there is nothing packaged and we only work with local producers. In addition, 95% of the runners come from Ile de France. The objective is to raise awareness of all climate issues in the broad sense and to inform people about what is happening. »
A hundred kilometer race for the good of the planet
A project in which the two eco-adventurers Clément Chapel and Nicolas Vandenelsken are also involved, guests of the last part of this first program of Sport Planète. The two men had already led projects together and worked for one on big sporting events. Upon returning from a six-month stay in New Zealand, Nicolas Vandenelsken decided to think about how he could help the planet. The Greenico Tour was born from this reflection, a kind of Tour de France with an eco-responsibility sauce, created via the Uni-vert Sport association dear to the two men. “I had worked a lot on the Tour de France cyclist. I said to myself why not do a Tour de France to appeal to as many people as possible. The idea was to cover about 38 kilometers a day in the morning and to raise awareness in the afternoon on waste, sports-health and climate change and to use sports performance to talk about this cause. For his friend, the trigger came on the roads of South Australia. “I was running home from work on an absolutely heavenly Kangaroo Island, I came across a can every twenty meters. I told myself that it was not possible here and as I was looking for a sporting challenge to get back into sport, I had the idea of going around this island running and picking up litter and inviting everyone to take action. “It is in this sense that Clément Chapel, founder of Ploggathon in May 2020, ran 100 kilometers for the planet on May 13, 2021 alongside… Nicolas Vandenelsken. Almost logical in the end insofar as the latter conveys the same message and also fights to challenge people through sport, always with the primary aim of raising awareness. “The goal is to tell ourselves that we can all make an effort and change our habits by reducing everything we can reduce, knowing that the most important waste to recycle is food waste. “recalls Chapel, who adds that” we will all win “.