COP28: Eliud Kipchoge Joins Climate Change Talk With Rallying Call to Plant Trees

COP28: Eliud Kipchoge Joins Climate Change Talk With Rallying Call to Plant Trees

Martin Moses
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
  • Eliud Kipchoge has asked people to contribute to environmental conservation
  • The high-level COP 28 climate change discussions is ongoing in Dubai
  • 800m men's great David Rudisha was among the presenters at the summit

Eliud Kipchoge has issued a rallying call for humans to plant more trees as climate change talk continues to take centre stage on big platforms.

World leaders, opinion shapers, climate activists and other dignitaries are currently holed up in Dubai for the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Climate Change Conference - COP 28.

Eliud Kipchoge, COP28
World leaders walk at the Expo City ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP28 high-level Segment meeting in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on, December 1, 2023. Photo by Jakub Porzycki.
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The conference, which began on November 30 and is set to run until December 12, is usually a forum for governments to discuss emerging trends and possible interventions in the ever-changing climate dynamic.

The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for the transition to renewable energy from fossil fuels, among other things, in his address via the organisation's website.

Kipchoge's message on climate change

The world's greatest-ever marathoner, Kipchoge, took to his X(formerly Twitter) account to ramp up efforts for netizens to do more to conserve the environment.

"The best time to plant a tree was 25 years ago. The second-best time to plant a tree is today," said the two-time Olympic champion.

Kipchoge then detailed how the climate change talk has to start with one's individual efforts.

"At #COP28, the world reflects on climate change and strives to prevent it: it all starts with ourselves. I can say our planet is our only home. Let’s all guard it jealously, conserve it and take care of it!"

800m world record holder David Rudisha also gave a presentation on how climate change affects athletes.

Kiptum shatters Kipchoge's record

Sports Brief also reported on Kelvin Kiptum obliterating Kipchoge's men's marathon world record at the 2023 Chicago Marathon.

He clocked 2:00:35 to take 34 seconds off the record and became the first person to run a marathon under 2 hours one minute.

Kipchioge and Kiptum may go head-to-head in Paris next year for the big title after both were called up for their country.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)
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