“The partnership has not yet been officially signed, but projects will soon be set up,” Castets told EURACTIV France. “For example, one idea would be to give €1 to Time for the Planet for each ticket bought for the matches, but given the health context, nothing is yet set,” he added.
Time for the Planet aims to raise €1 billion to create 100 companies with the goal of fighting global warming. More than €2.37 million has been raised within just over a year, with upwards of 15,600 citizens, investments, banks, companies, and entrepreneurs investing in the initiative.
Also among the shareholders are Jean-Michel Aulas, president of Olympique Lyonnais, Reneau Sornin, president of French Tech Rhône-Alpes, and Jean Jouzel, climatologist and former vice-president of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Going all out for the climate
The non-profit initiative aims to create and finance companies fighting against climate change on a global scale. The new businesses will focus on 20 major challenges facing the planet, including energy-efficient building renovation, the construction of passive, positive-energy buildings, regenerating agricultural land, and capturing greenhouse gases emitted by factories.
It was this kind of commitment that appealed to Toulouse rugby player Castets.
“I try to do everything I can for the ecological cause,” said Castets. “When I found Time for the Planet, I immediately got hooked and became a partner. The Toulouse Stadium was happy to learn that I am committed to Time for the Planet,” he added.
“I have acted as a catalyst and a meeting point,” said the rugby player, adding that “if it were massively followed by other sports personalities, this type of initiative could well make a noticeable difference.
The stadium’s corporate responsibility department will be in charge of the project.
[Edited by Josie Le Blond]