Jadir Taekwondo Association Recognized for Unique Approach to Environmental Leadership

When it comes to climate change, Brazil's Jadir Taekwondo Association has found a unique way to address the issuethrough the sport of taekwondo.

In a case study featured in a recent issue of PANORAMA, a global platform that looks at solutions for a healthy planet, the association works with communities in Rio de Janeiro's favelas, where children and youth are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, to restore and enrich the ecosystems there.

AJTKD's students perform belt promotion tests in traditional taekwondo, but in these tests, environmental challenges are "uniquely integrated, moving beyond the evaluation of physical abilities to create a profound connection between the sport and environmental responsibility," the case study states.

To date, AJTKD students have planted 127 trees and are continuing to help restore and enrich the sustainability of local ecosystems.

"This holistic community development strategy has directly impacted 7,800 young individuals and families by providing support and education," the case study states.

The BBC notes that AJTKD's unique efforts have earned them the BBC Green Sports Award, an award given to a sports organization that has demonstrated outstanding involvement in educating and engaging people on the critical issue of climate change.

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