According to researchers, there will be no fish left in the sea by 2048. According to the researchers – overfishing, climate change, pollution will destroy our oceans and sea life will become extinct.
But all hope is not lost! An environmental movement called ‘Parley for the Oceans’ are doing their best and whatever they can in their limits to halt that sad fact and turn around things.
Recently, they have teamed up with global wear brand Adidas to manufacture football kits out of recycled plastic that has been gathered from the oceans and beaches. That is surely a great step.
Big clubs like Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus are some of the clubs who have already joined Parley for the Oceans movement. These big clubs have realised that people which include their faithful supporters need to be aware of this and the change has been made as soon as possible.
Cyrill Gutsch, 47 is the founder of Parley for the Oceans – the company which he set up in 2013. Straightaway he had an idea that football would be the perfect platform to get his message across.
“We started to work with Adidas because they were our founding partner,” Gutsch told SunSport.
“And one of the first things I thought we had to do was work with football. That was key for us. If we were able to get our message across using the beautiful game, we will really be able to move the needle,” he added.
Adidas and Parley both are based in New York and they started this by approaching teams on pre-season tours, inviting them to their events and schooling them on environmental issues.
“We worked hard with the teams and got them over to ocean school events where they go in the water, they have talked and learn and get immersed in the world of Parley.
“You don’t want the players to do it just because they think they’re doing a good thing. You want their full commitment to the cause and to understand what we’re facing. The players at Real Madrid were great. The whole team came to New York and they were like school kids wanting to be educated.”
“They spent a wonderful day, really got into it, posted a lot on social media and took a lot away from the experience.
“Juventus also came to ocean school, as did Manchester United. Those three teams were the ones that committed the most. They made time from their tours to do so.”
Parley for the Oceans have some great plans lined up for the future as well. They’ve already inked a deal to manufacture jerseys for all the MLS teams made from recycled plastic.