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and northern ireland especially. but even here, some will stay dry, and ratherfresh in the breeze. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines: russia investigates how, and what, caused the explosion that severely damaged its state—of—the—art — and well—defended — bridge to crimea. officials in the ukrainian city of zaporizhzia say 17 people have been killed by a russian missile strike on an apartment block. former uk culture secretary nadine dorries says prime minister liz truss needs to change course, if she wants to keep the party together and avoid facing a "wipeout" at the next general election. in iran, protestors appear to hack into state—run television, as demonstrations against the regime continue. now on bbc news, the bbc green sports awards.
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welcome to the first ever bbc green sport awards. i'm ella al—shamahi — explorer, stand—up comic and paleoa nthropologist.
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and i have no idea what that means. i'm mark watson. i'm also a comedian, a writer, huge sports fan, and we both care about the environment. that's what this programme is all about. you've just seen recycled footage from a bbc sports programme from 30 years ago. and even the awards are made from recycled material, which is all part of the ethos of this programme. and it's why we've occupied the bbc sport match of the day studio. former international footballers, and now pundits, alan shearer and ian wright have been locked out. they think it's temporary, but it's a dream for me to be in this place. i've dressed up especially for it, there's absolutely no way i'm leaving without a fight. by the end of this, i'll be the official new match of the day host, theyjust don't know it yet. and with the click of the fingers, we can make ourselves feel even more at home. we're going to be highlighting athletes and organisations who are using sport to help protect the planet. we've got five awards to reveal and we'll be taking
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you around the world — from rio, to sydney, to berlin to florida. and all while keeping an eye on our own carbon footprint. when you consider that the sports industry emits something equivalent to a country the size of spain, it's really important we look at what the world of sport is doing to help reach this target and to celebrate those leading the way. and what about the role of our superstar athletes? they are some of the most famous and influential people in the world. last year, cristiano ronaldo moved a bottle of fizzy drink out of shot at a press conference and knocked billions off the value of that drinks company. and ourfirst award, the bbc�*s green sports evergreen award, recognises an athlete who has been leading the way in this area for many years. former racing driver leilani munter always challenges convention. she only accepts sponsorship from companies with green credentials during her racing
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career and used her car as a 200—mile—per—hour billboard for the environment. she's devoted to raising awareness and, in particular, focusing on the threat to animals. and as part of her prize for winning this year's award, the bbc gave leilani a chance to highlight an issue close to her heart. florida may be the sunshine state, but its relationship with water is arguably more defining. miles and miles of beautiful coastline surround the watery heart. i studied biology and, for me, conserving all life is paramount. marine wildlife has a special place in my heart. our lack of care for our oceans means that for some animals, the tide is already turning. sea turtles predate human life, they were swimming the seas while dinosaurs walked the earth. with all the damage we're doing to our planet, the worrying question is, for how much longer? cat eastman has been
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working to protect them for more than 20 years. we have five of the seven sea turtles species in the world and they nest or live in our area waters. sea turtles are threatened and endangered, so they take all of our working together to protect them. cat runs the sea turtle hospital programme here in whitby, on florida's northeast coast. assistant professor david duffy is part of the team and is investigating the growing threats faced by these ancient creatures. one of the largest is climate change. that produces a whole range of factors producing problems. another one we see a lot of is pollution, and that includes plastic pollution. and finally, the main one that we're focusing on in our facility
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is a cancer in these turtles is starting to develop, which used to not be a problem, but is becoming more and more frequent. megawatt is a juvenile green sea turtle. - about three years old and, unfortunately, l she is very affected by tumours. what are some of the causes that you're looking at? is it the warmer water- and the increased uv lights through climate change? pollution, the chemicals- in the water, things like that. she'll undergo probably. about six total surgeries. we can-t — remove them all at once because it's not humane. it would be way too painful, she would not survive. - the cancer looks horrific. i don't know how anyone can see these pictures and not be affected by them. the tumours are at least easy to spot, and that means they can be treated. the team here at the hospital have successfully rehabbed and released
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62 green sea turtles. 0k. oh, my god! i told you, they're so cute. the hospital also takes in baby sea turtles, who have been born too weak to make it to the sea. they nurture them and release them. theirjob now, at this age, is to eat and grow. the small sea turtles, unfortunately, not all of them make it. and the ones that don't make it, we examine what the cause of death may be. and one of the things we've been finding in recent years is that actually, the stomachs of these animals are full of plastic. not only that, but it's between 97% and 100% of the animals every year
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that we investigate, they all have plastic. how many other hatchlings are there are out there that are filled with plastic that are starving to death because they feel full? it's heartbreaking, and it's because of all of us, we all use plastic in our daily lives. besides the sea turtle, there are actually a lot of other species that are struggling here in florida. and one of them is the manatee. but there is a success story that we're taking an electric road trip to go see now. so, another little bit of hope. i've come to meet captain derek schmidt, who is going to be our guide. he runs responsible manatee tours. they're wild animals, we strive to keep the wildlife wild around here. crystal river is known as the home of the manatee. but even here, the populations
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were struggling, due to pollution, habitat loss and being hit by boats. now, though, numbers are rising, thanks to a scheme to repopulate the seagrass in these cages. mike and stacy have been working to protect the manatees in crystal river for over 15 years. tell me about the baskets. the reason we put them up is because when they learned about this grass, they say, "oh, a buffet." _ and so, they put up the baskets. when they first put _ the baskets up and they didn't have weights on them, the manatees dug up and flipped them
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over and went down to the buffet. - and was like, oh, this is nice. so after six years, they learned how to keep the manatees _ out of the baskets. the project'sjust been phenomenal. our numbers were going steadily up, thank goodness. the recent number was around 7,500, they guesstimated, throughout almost half and half between the east coast and the west coast. but sadly, the picture is not as positive for manatee populations on florida's atlantic coast, where they are dying in unprecedented numbers. last year, we saw more than 1,000 manatees died during the cold weather season. about half of those died of starvation, that was due to intense pollution in the lagoon and that pollution is algae blooms that come and basically cloud over or shade over the seagrass and kill it off. so all of these manatees come into the lagoon looking for warm water refuge and food to eat and found there was nothing there for them. what are you doing to change that? basically, we're in this
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position of trying to force the environmental protection agency to take that step necessary to ensure that water is clean. and so, we've taken them to court. meeting these guys who are fighting for the manatees, trying to protect their habitat, trying to bring back the sea grasses, meeting the people at the sea turtle hospital that have dedicated their lives to helping the turtles, it gives me hope that there are good people working to solve these problems. and they need help. they need as much help as they can get, so i hope that we're shining the light on the people that are helping and that that will help them help the animals even more. it's important to protect nature for so many reasons. being in nature actually has an incredible impact on our mental health. it reduces stress, anger, anxiety. mark, are you listening to this? it boosts your mood. research has even shown it increases our cognitive abilities, memory and even makes us nicer and more generous. i mean, you are around nature all the time.
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are you saying you're nicer and more generous than me? i am, i'm really spectacular, as far as generosity is concerned. on with the awards. leilani has clearly used her profile for massive impact. but it's not always been the case that our sporting heroes have had that platform. look at this chart which the massachusetts institute of technology has put together, showing which occupations from the mid—18th to mid—19th century had the most influence on the world's population. we're looking now at the end of the mid—19th century 20th—century. if you bring it right up, you can see how sports influences the landscape. politicians being squeezed out, exploration is now down to 0.8 on that. mark, hold on. where does a comedy show panelist fall in this? we don't have time. back to the statistics. let's move on with the next award, the 2022 bbc green sport awards�* young athlete award. it goes to someone who is making an impact in my opinion
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on the biggest sport on the planet, football. i just felt hopeless being a football player, having this huge environmental crisis. my life is about more than football. when i go on vacation, i try to use the train as much as i can. i've got a bike which i'm riding. actually, the couches, i got from a player in my last club. vintage chairs, second—hand. this is actually ioo% recyclable. also trying to buy as much second—hand clothes as you can. my engagement started back in 2014, when i started reading about all the things that became kind of overwhelming, when i started to understand all the problems and the huge challenges and i became sad and depressed and all these negative thoughts about, how can nobody be speaking of this? so it actually came to a point that i'm considering quitting football because of this. in the end, i think it was my father that told me, morten,
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the best thing you can do for the environment is actually becoming as good as possible in football and keep speaking up about these issues. so, this is an ongoing project of we play green. that's what it's called. i like it, i like it. for me, it's very close, its in my living room. we play green is a platform where we want to coach and inspire players to engage in these issues and use their role to make a difference. now i've just arrived to a new club and, of course, the first month is about getting to know everyone. then after scoring a couple of goals, i start to speak with them about all the things they can do. how many times a day do my conversation end up in something regarding the environment? very often. very often, but we also bring it up a couple times, makejokes, maybe on your behalf. the funny thing is, when you're
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actually making jokes on my behalf and i don't understand, and i'm just continuing — yeah, that's exactly what i mean. but we're not laughing at you, we're laughing with you. i know. actually, i tried to tell alec before he was going to take the number two shirt. alec takes number two shirts. i think we will solve the climate crisis. i got an electric car and her name is greta. i think it's a cool name, greta. it's very international. my biggest footprint is actually by flying with my team. that's the big part for me. that's not up to me, that's up to the club, but i can still try to push my club and tell them that i care about this. i use the term "think twice". that's also because of the two meaning on my shirt
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to symbolise the 2 degrees from paris agreement, where all countries come together and agree that we have to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees. i think i'm maybe 95% vegetarian. it's important to state how fortunate i am to be a football player and i can actually afford to buy sustainable and healthy food, which in many cases are more expensive and not sustainable expensive than not sustainable alternatives. the sustainable and green choice should always be the most affordable options. this summer, i went to meet the prime minister of norway. i tried to speak with them because, in the end, this is teamwork. we need to work together to achieve the goals we want to achieve. studio: but it's not just about individuals, it has to be bigger than that. change has to come at every level. so let's look at what sports teams and organisations are doing themselves.
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the next bbc green sport award is for ambition and impact. it's all about those that are doing the best work and driving down emissions in elite sport. the impact league is a major part of sailgp. we're racing on water to try and win, of course, but also raising racing on land to try and be the most sustainable team. waste reduction, energy consumption, how you travel to an event, how you use your voice to the wider public. also try to be collaborative, in terms of showing some of those ideas that you might find. and after each sailing competition, we get audited on all that for them at the end of the season there is an impact for the planet. the winner of the impact league and you win money for your charitable partner. as the leader of the team, it was a very proud moment to see our team pay off and being crowned the champions
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for that and that money in particular is going to go towards looking at the water kelp as a role to mitigate climate change. it's vitally important to the planet. life on earth is not that healthy and the ocean is vitally important to help the planet. so we can use the platform we have here in sport to try to connect people to those issues that we're doing ourjob. the goal of the programme is to have 100% clean energy by 2025. so we really want to shift to clean energy solutions on the water. remove our reliance on fossil fuels and create 100% clean energy solutions for all our operations. studio: sailgp, the winners of the 2020 bbc green sport award for ambition and impact. i think for a lot of us, when it
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comes to the ocean, it's a case of out of sight, out of mind. but marine pollution has increased tenfold since 1980. and that starts making its way back into our food chain. we move on to the bbc green sport awards teamwork award. the exciting thing about these awards is that we can also celebrate and highlight those individuals who are working incredibly hard at the grassroots level to educate and raise awareness. our winner of the teamwork award fits this description perfectly. and they are doing it in a country at the front line of climate change. i'm rafaela, i'm14 years old, and i live in rio dejaneiro. me and my brother started learning tae kwon do about six years ago. when people think about rio, they probably think about beaches and parties, but it's a very big city. we're on the other side, not that well known by tours and nowhere near the beach.
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we're also nowhere near the amazon forest, but we've been learning all about how important it is at our tae kwon do project. this is jair, he started the association. of course, the plan is to teach us tae kwon do, but his idea goes beyond that. here, we learn to take care of our world. i was once like rafaela and her brother. i start really young in a social project and it changed my life. our goal here is not only to form athletes, but to form champions in sport and in life, and sustainability is part of our work. thinking more sustainably changed our routines at home. we end up sharing some information with our families, friends and neighbours, inspiring them to create an impact too.
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in my neighbourhood, there is no official- recycling collection. only the normal one, all mixed together. . here, my kids learned how- to separate the rubbish and help some locals, who make extra cash with the recyclables. _ here, they learn about the importance of clean water, the science behind erosion, the importance of biodiversity. and they also learn using virtual—reality headsets. the tae kwon do association has helped us and over 7,000 children from rio to be more conscious of our impact on the environment. we hope to show a good example to the world. studio: one exciting and inspirational project. let's not forget that brazil, with the challenges of deforestation, is a country where that work might
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be just even more valuable. as the amazon rainforest, let's be completely honest, are the lungs of our planet. and now to our final award. we're celebrating somebody who spent years using their sporting platform, including their time as australia's rugby union captain, to influence environmental issues. and in the past year, he's made a giant leap into politics, getting elected to work in the australian parliament, he now has the power to act on those issues, senator david pocock. we've managed to employ the help of another australian sportstar to surprise david with the news. hi, i'm pat cummings, australian test men's cricket captain and i'm on my way to surprise the bbc�*s first ever athlete of the year. i'm pleased to say this year's winner is david pocock. former international rugby union player, all—around legend in the sport, david has used his profile to raise awareness of environmental issues. within sport and beyond.
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i can't wait to surprise him with this award and thank him for all that he's done. david thinks he's here doing an interview with the bbc and talking to the staff here about his life in sport to environmentalism, to politics. let's go and surprise him. hey, dave. congratulations, you are the bbc�*s first ever athlete of the year. applause you don't have to be a climate scientist to just want climate action and to be actually moving in the right direction and building a future that's liveable and good for our kids and their kids. it's a challenging thing to do as an athlete, where you are flying. but the reality is, this is a big
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problem that none of us want. it'll take some pretty uncomfortable conversations and more and more people recognising people have a role to play in some way. do you worry about the climate impact on some of our sports? it's already having an impact, just on rugby at the last world cup, there was a typhoon that came through and a whole bunch of games were canceled. the team i used to play for, a lot had to be moved because of drought, it was too hard, they are in areas where there is flooding and fires so they are hard to ensure. we're seeing it already and that is only going to get worse. and i do think sport has such a powerful role in terms of the storytelling. how do we play our part? through sport, you can reach a different audience and tell stories about notjust the problems, but also the solutions. for all of us growing up, i remember very subtle — chaining yourself.
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it was such a statement, i thought as a kid, i thought, i want to learn more about this. we're all part of this system that's been so reliant on fossil fuels. but it doesn't mean we can't take a world of action for that, we've got so many other solutions that are ready to go for that, we just need the will and especially political will to make it happen. rather than getting cynical and checking out, get involved orfind people in your school and neighbourhood who are interested for that, act locally, but also push politicians to get going. we don't have any time to waste. i think it's really exciting what we can actually build together. studio: david is a fantastic role model for fans of sport and for the business of sport. in so many ways, i think these last two years have been a bit of a wake—up call, right? from covid to extreme weather, it's a bit like nature is sending out a distress signal. a serious hats off to all our award
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winners because at the end of the day, this is the only planet we've got. yeah, you're the scientist, but i believe so, yeah. it's definitely the only planet we've got. i want to ask about any other options, but i agree with you. i think the reason we love sport is that it's notjust about the elite heroes at the top are all involved. sport is for everyone, no matter what your standard is or your background. i think for that reason, sport can teach us about looking after our planet. we can't just sit and watch, we can only make progress if every single one of us is part of the team. well, that is all from the 2022 bbc green sport awards. time for us to turn the power off. thanks for the loan of the studio, lads. no problem. until next year, goodbye. goodbye. i was going to say, if you do need anyone to help out, i am around most evenings. i don't have anything else in the diaryjust in case. i will call you. yes, just let me know.
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hello. it was a pretty chilly, but sunny start for some of you today, and across the south and east of england in particular, we will hold onto that sunshine into the afternoon. but it is a day of change in that wet and windy weather is now spreading and across northern areas. this weather system here links into an area of low pressure around iceland, bringing a metre of snow here for some on sunday. but for us, it is rain, and developing gales. spreading through the rest of the day across much of scotland, northern ireland, some of that rain heavy at times, particularly on the hills in the west. some brighter skies out to the far west later on. rain erratic across eastern scotland, and by the end of the afternoon, cumbria, the isle of man, north—west wales will see some of that rain arrive. much will stay dry, with a strengthening wind. those winds to the north and west will hit gale force at times, particularly around the rainband and more especially across scotland, where we could see gusts over 60 mph. that continues in the far north tonight. for the first part of the night, rain in england and wales
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will gradually clear, spreading to the south—west midlands and parts of east anglia later on. a milder night here compared with last night, a fresher night further north, where the sky is clear, and one or two showers will be dotted around for monday. for the monday morning commute, east anglia, the south—east and the channel islands will see some drizzle first thing, before the sunshine comes out. a lot of sunshine around for monday afternoon, but north wales, north—west midlands, scotland and northern ireland continuing to see a few showers around, feeling a little bit fresh in the breeze, which is coming from a more north—westerly direction. as the winds fall lighter, that cooler air in place, particularly chilly night through monday to tuesday morning. monday night, we could see temperatures in towns and cities around 4 or 5 degrees, some rural areas, like this morning, will see a frost. tuesday morning, a fair bit of sunshine around, a fair few frosty patches for tuesday morning, a dry day with increasing amounts of cloud, some drizzle later for the west of scotland, northern ireland. temperatures down a little bit more than what we have
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experienced this weekend. and for the middle part of the week, a weather front pushes across us, but its later on, these deeper areas of low pressure push on on a strengthening jet stream and we will see some more substantial spells of rain and strong winds, particularly across the north and west of the country. still a little rain possible to the south, but not a huge amount of rain expected again this week. bye for now.
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