The Arctic is one of Earth’s most fragile ecosystems, disproportionally affected by climate change and warming at twice the average rate of the rest of the planet. To garner global attention and support for the rapidly disappearing ice in the Polar regions, UN Environment is organising “The last ice hockey game on the North Pole’, in partnership with the Republic of Sport Foundation and with the support of Grid Arendal.
The event, to be held on the North Pole in April 2019, is spearheaded by legendary Russian ice hockey player Viacheslav Fetisov, UN Environment Patron of the Polar Regions.
This symbolic ice hockey game aims at involving a great diversity of female and male players, including athletes from different disciplines and countries, Arctic indigenous peoples and youth. It will bring together sports and environment as agents of peace.
The Last Game is a prelude to the September 2019 Climate Summit of the UN Secretary General.
UN Secretary General @antonioguterres receives his #hockey stick and gloves to get ready ahead of the 'Last Game for the #Arctic'! The match will be played at the North Pole next April with new @UNEnvironment Polar Patron Slava Fetisov https://t.co/STNyhcYTaJ pic.twitter.com/2sOAScTemi— UNEnvironment Europe (@UNEnvironmentEu) June 22, 2018
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Despite the operational complexity, the aim is to ensure that the event has the minimum environmental impact on the North Pole and that all the unavoidable CO2 emissions associated with the preparation and celebration of the game are offset.