NHL Giving Money To Enviro Group As Penance For Jet Travel During Playoffs
The National Hockey League (NHL) pledged Monday to purchase carbon credits to offset the emissions of team jet travel during playoff season, Reuters reported.
The NHL will offset the jet travel by giving money to the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) in Portland, Oregon. BEF will invest the money in projects such as carbon capture technology and cleaning up waste and landfills.
The league estimates it will purchase enough credits to offset about 2,000 metric tons of carbon emissions.
The professional hockey league announced its commitment on Earth Day as it ramps up other campaigns meant to fight climate change.
The NHL has promoted its green initiative, called “NHL Green,” since 2010 when it began. The initiative focuses on five priorities: purifying water, cleaning landfills, improving electricity efficiency, sustainable landscaping and increasing recycling.
The NHL’s announcement coincided with President Donald Trump’s Earth Day message, which touted the administration’s work on protecting federal land and the U.S. water supply. Critics slammed the president for leaving out any mention of climate change from his speech.
“On this day, we reaffirm our responsibility to protect God’s wondrous creation for future generations,” Trump said Monday.
Trump’s omission spurred activist Natasha Rothwell to tweet: “.@realDonaldTrump you’re bad for the planet because your policies are antithetical to sustainability and conservation, but also you’re full garbage doo doo. Happy #EarthDay.”
Activists in Britain celebrated Earth Day by continuing a weeks-long protest in London. So far, authorities have arrested more than 750 activists protesting in demonstrations organized by the group “Extinction Rebellion.”
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