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9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies

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  • Podcasts, 29 minutes, 14 seconds

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Global, Europe

The Flight Free Podcast: Sport and Climate

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  • This insightful podcast discusses how traveling for sports activities affects the climate and the ways to make sports events more sustainable.
Teaching Tips


  • The podcast emphasizes the need to take action as sport fans and players.
  • Students will be introduced to ideas about how to make the Olympics and other sports competitions more sustainable.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should understand the impact of flights on the environment.


  • This podcast could be used to conduct a group discussion on ways to make the sports in their schools more sustainable.  Have students create posters that encourage carpooling, riding bikes, or taking public transportation to sporting events.
  • Laura Baldwin and Etienne Stott's journey to the Olympics would be inspirational for students who are interested in pursuing sports professionally.
  • Students will learn about Extinction Rebellion and Champions for Earth, which could be investigated for their ability to influence public action and policy in a social studies or civics class.
  • The conversation about athletes contributing to climate awareness could open up a discussion about climate conversations students could have among their peers and families.  Have students write a reflection paper after listening.
  • Part 26:45 explains ways to get to France without flying, which could be explored by geography classes.
Scientist Notes
This podcast emphasizes the role of sport in combating climate change; rethinking sports to support environmental initiatives; and using mass transit, trains, and buses to transport athletes to tournaments rather than flying would be a better choice to reduce CO2 emissions. Sports can encourage more individuals to take part in active social, physical, and environmental movements. Athletes' impact on government policies to achieve net zero is another topic brought up in the podcast. It is advised to use this resource in the classroom.
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • 11-12.SL.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, perspective, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
  • Social Sciences
    • Social Science Analysis (K-12)
      • HS.75 Evaluate options for individual and collective actions to address local, regional, and global problems by engaging in self-reflection, strategy identification, and complex causal reasoning.
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