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29 Oct 2023 | 12:12

The Sport for Development Coalition is calling on its supporters to respond to a call for evidence on the link between systemic racism and the environmental emergency.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Race and Community is collecting short written submissions regarding the disproportionate impact of the climate crisis on Black people, indigenous peoples and people of colour. This call for evidence will inform a major new joint inquiry by the APPG on Race and Community and the APPG on the Green New Deal.

The findings of the report will be published early next year, and be used to inform the Coalition’s #OpenGoal Shared Advocacy Framework (below) which aims to highlight how sport for development is supporting key priorities for policy-makers, such as reducing crime and unemployment, and improving physical and mental health and wellbeing, increasing educational attainment and building stronger communities.

open goal framework

‘Increasing environmental sustainability’ and ‘Tackling health and societal inequalities’ are the two key over-arching themes of the framework and are intrexicably linked, as articulated in this article by Active Humber CEO David Gent. David represents Active Partnerships and the wider Sport for Development Coalition on environmental sustainability.

Hitesh Patel, Executive Director of the Coalition, commented: “We’re calling on organisations across the Coalition’s growing UK-wide network to submit their evidence and learning to this inquiry so the communities that are being most affected by the environmental emergency can be heard, and so that more effective, intersectional and inclusive environmental policy can be created.”


Written responses will be managed and analysed by the Runnymede Trust, the race equality think tank and secretariat for the APPG on Race and Community. Alongside oral evidence given in Parliamentary sessions, written responses will be used to inform a report which will be published in spring 2024.

The call for evidence will collect basic demographic information about you or your organisation. Alongside this, there is a series of headline questions and specialist questions based on your responses. You are welcome to leave any questions blank if you don’t feel best placed to answer them. Each question has a 300-character limit, so please keep your answers concise.

Coalition supporters are also invited to share their submissions with the Coalition by sending them to [email protected]

Pic credit: Unsplash / Markus Spiske.