Tree planting programme unites teqball family in collective climate action effort

Tree planting programme unites teqball family in collective climate action effort

FITEQ is supporting its global network of National Teqball Federations with the implementation of tree planting programmes in their local communities. The programme, under the banner of “Plant Together”, is an example of FITEQ engaging and assisting teqball family members with the integration of sustainability policies within their own organisation.

FITEQ joined the UNFCCC’s Sports for Climate Action initiative as a signatory to the Sports for Climate Action Framework in September 2020. Following this, FITEQ launched a Sustainable Development Handbook in March 2021 to act as a guide and a practical tool to drive all teqball stakeholders forward in the collective effort to implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in all areas of the sport.

The Plant Together has two key aims that will help the teqball family contribute to a more sustainable future. Firstly, the programme is helping FITEQ and its National Federation educate local communities on the critical need for climate action. Secondly, FITEQ is empowering its National Federations on their journey to climate neutrality by providing simple and cost-effective solutions that make a tangible difference, as outlined in the Sustainable Development Handbook.

Plant Together has already reached 17 countries: The individual programmes are tailored by each National Federation and implemented with local partner organisations and volunteers, with FITEQ providing financial support and on-the-ground assistance with delivery.

FITEQ Head of CSR and Diplomatic Relations Gergely Murányi said, “We’re really encouraged with the progress that has been made with the Plant Together programme, especially in such a short space of time. Creating positive change starts with having the right mindset and at FITEQ we want our National Federations to have one that is environmentally and socially conscious. Through the tree planting initiatives, our federations are demonstrating their commitment to being sustainable organisations, as well as an understanding of the need to act now. Not only is this programme contributing to a greener world, it is also a great way to get local communities involved and build awareness of the need for climate action.”

29 Apr 2021