Green Gary’s five-year plan for eco-friendly football
Gary Neville will use his Old Trafford testimonial on Tuesday to encourage supporters to consider environmental issues.
Proceeds will be shared between a project to build a supporters’ club centre near Old Trafford and Sustainability in Sport, an organisation the former Manchester United and England right-back has set up to encourage sports clubs to use alternative forms of energy.
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Neville, who is building a home on moorland near Bury fuelled entirely by wind and solar power, follows in the footsteps of former England team-mate David James, who hugged a tree to raise awareness of environmental issues.
‘Over the past five years a series of events have made me recognise that I need to make a personal change in my lifestyle,’ said Neville, who retired earlier this year.
‘I’ve changed my car, I’m more aware of locally produced foods and I’m building a zero-carbon home. I still have a lot of changes to make and I’m sure if you followed me you could pick a lot of holes in my life. But it’s a journey I want to make and one I feel we’ll all have to make.
‘I recognised that we had to change our energy consumption and knew that I couldn’t make the difference in one day, so I decided it was going to be a five-year plan and that I would try to be someone who could promote the message, make it more accessible and encourage people to join in.’
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Neville’s partner in Sustainability in Sport is green entrepreneur Dale Vince, a former New Age traveller and founder and managing director of the green energy company Ecotricity, a sponsorship partner for Tuesday’s match against Juventus.
Posted on May 23, 2011, in Eco News and tagged 5-year plan, dailymail, eco-friendly football, ecotricity, environmental issues, gary neville, juventus, manchester united, soccer, sustainability in sport, west pennine moors. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.