In a massive boost for the cause, some big names from the country’s most followed ‘religion’ that is Cricket have recognised the urgent need for action, and put their weight behind the cause.
The Indian Premier League (IPL), which is on its fifteenth successful season, is undoubtedly one of the most talked-about events of 2022. And this year, some cricketers are using this platform to raise awareness about the need of the hour: climate action.
Last Sunday, on the 8th of May, the Royal Challengers Bangalore donned green jerseys in their IPL 2022 match against the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Wankhede Stadium. As part of their ‘Go Green’ initiative, the team has an annual tradition of wearing a green jersey instead of the regular one.
“The ‘Go Green’ sustainability initiative has been a huge part of our RCB culture since 2011. Over the years, we have seen RCB sport the green jersey in the day game at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium to create awareness around a greener and more sustainable planet Earth. Continuing the go green cause that we truly believe in, RCB will be wearing the green match kits on May 8 when we take on Sunrisers Hyderabad,” senior batter Virat Kohli had stated before the game.
RCB’s Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell also spoke about the admirable initiative, as he added: “Let us all continue to try and play a small part in building towards a great future for environment-friendly measures that can help make this world a much better place to live in for the coming generations.”
Furthermore, Dinesh Karthik elaborated on some simple actions every individual can take at home, by stressing on the importance of turning off lights, fans, ACs and other electronic appliances when not in use.
However, RCB hasn’t been the only team supporting an environmental cause.
Furthermore, on Wednesday, May 11, the Rajasthan Royals will face the Delhi Capitals in the IPL’s first-ever “carbon neutral” game. During one IPL game, approximately 10,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent are produced, which is a serious concern. And so, the Royals and Schneider Electric will plant roughly 17,000 trees in their ‘Green Yodha’ campaign to ensure that the match is carbon neutral.
The RCB’s west coast counterparts Mumbai Indians have also been pretty vocal about the need for climate action. While cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and some active players like Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah urged the fans to protect the environment via their social media handles last year, there is one MI cricketer whose support to the cause has been continuous and unwavering — Rohit Sharma.