Arsenal’s Bellerin buys into eco pioneers Forest Green Rovers By R
LONDON (Reuters) – Arsenal’s Spanish protector Hector Bellerin has ended up being the second-largest shareholder in Forest Green Rovers, the world’s most ecologically sustainable soccer club, according to FIFA.
Bellerin, who this year pledged to guarantee 3,000 trees were planted in the Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) rainforest for each Arsenal win, said he was thrilled to join Rovers’ green revolution.
” It’s important that I buy things I am enthusiastic about– and I’m excited to assist press football into having a sustainable future,” the 25-year-old informed the club’s website.
” Individuals have a universal love of football, so there’s no better market to promote sustainability– and what we can do as football advocates to be more environmentally conscious.”
Forest Green Rovers play at the New Lawn Stadium in Gloucestershire and will begin their League two fixtures at Bolton Wanderers this coming weekend.
The club, owned by green energy entrepreneur Dale Vince, has been commonly praised for its work in attending to climate modification and has actually been declared ‘carbon neutral’ by the United Nations.
It serves only vegan food, the turf pitch is 100% natural, the lawnmowers are powered by solar power and the gamers even use shin pads made of bamboo instead of plastic.
Plans have also been approved for the world’s first all-wood stadium developed by Zaha Hadid Architects.
” Forest Green Rovers prove to clubs who state ‘they do not have resources to be sustainable’– that it is possible. With the new stadium, being carbon neutral and vegan the club is doing some mind-blowing work,” said Bellerin, who is vegan himself.
Vince, who introduced a Sports for Environment Action campaign together with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2018, said he welcomed Bellerin’s involvement.
” I like Hector’s approach, his individual journey and the things he’s attempting to do– they make sense,” he stated. “I’m eagerly anticipating working with him on our projects at FGR and this wider agenda we have a shared interest in.”
Bellerin is not the only prominent footballer to support environmental campaigns.
Manchester United protector Chris Smalling is a financier in a textile business using pineapple leaf fiber as a substitute for leather and oil-based products, while Bellerin’s former group mate Aaron Ramsey is a campaigner for elephant conservation.