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About the SEG's Earth Day Series

The Sport Ecology Group was founded in early 2019 and launched on Earth Day (April 22) 2019. 

Each year, to celebrate the anniversary of our group's work and to enrich our knowledge-sharing efforts, we host an online series of panels and workshops. 

Thank you for celebrating our fourth Earth Day series with us. The recordings and images of the events are below.


13 April, 16:00 BST / 11:00 EDT

Running from Waste: Is a Circular Economy Possible in Sport?


Watch the recording here (password: 8pD9Nb&k)

By participation rates, running is the world's biggest sport. It's also one of the sport sector's most wasteful: think of the shoes, bottles, cups, shirts, medals, and litter along racecourses.

There is a growing movement in the sport to reduce waste and move toward circular solutions. This webinar will share some of those exciting new developments and identify the biggest hurdles in the race to circularity.


  • Speakers include Kate Chapman (Head of Sustainability at London Marathon), Damian Hall (Ultramarathon runner and author of We Can’t Run Away From This), Aly Criscuolo (Head of Sustainability at New York Road Runners) and Dr. Stephanie Gerretsen (UNEP Advocacy Lead on Plastics and SEG member).

22 April

Earth Day


To celebrate Earth Day and the SEG’s fourth birthday, we're choosing to unplug and encourages you spend time in nature . Post your outdoor adventures with #Outside4EarthDay

27 April, 15:00 BST / 10:00 EDT

Research Opportunities in Sports for Nature

Watch the recording here (sorry, we forgot to hit 'record' until about 10 minutes in, so here is the slide deck from the webinar as well).

This session will introduce the Sports for Nature initiative by UNEP and the associated framework being led by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

It will also provide an opportunity for researchers from different parts of the world to identify common interests at the intersection of sports and nature and to start building out collaborative teams that will address urgent research questions linked to this agenda over the course of the next few years, in this Decade of Ecosystem Restoration and in support of the 30x30 goals.

  • Speakers include Dr Maddy Orr (Lecturer at Loughborough University London and Co-Director of SEG), Sam Barratt (Chief, Youth, Education and Advocacy in UNEP's Ecosystems Division) and Leigh Ann Hurt (Coordinator, Sports for Nature at IUCN)


Related events in Earth Month

4 April, 14:00 BST / 09:00 EDT: Commonwealth Debate on Sport for Development and Peace


20-22 April: Stoke Sessions in San Diego featuring a presentation titled "Sports for Nature: Understanding the baseline and areas of improvement for surfing and skateboarding" by Drs. Jessica Murfree, Maddy Orr, and GSMI members Sonia Preisser and Hannah Campbell-Pegg.

23 April: SEG Co-Director Dr. Maddy Orr will be at the TCS London Marathon leading a team of 80 student volunteers at the start and finish lines to reduce pollution and plastic on site. If you’re in London, come say hello!

25 April: British Association for Sustainable Sport Conference in Bristol

Support the SEG

The Sport Ecology Group is a fiscally sponsored non-profit. 

Our team works on a volunteer basis to deliver new SEG content, events, resources and research on a regular basis. We offer our events and resources for free, with the goal of advancing climate action in the sport sector.

Please consider making a donation to help us keep our resources and events free and frequent.


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