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Seán McCabe is concerned.

Not about Bohemian FC’s next opponents, nor those who lie in wait in the weeks and months ahead.

It’s of a greater, invisible opponent – one that is discernibly shaping the present and threatens to leave an indelible mark on the future.

The opponent: the climate emergency.

“It’s already occurring […] You can’t trick the laws of thermodynamics […] There is no vaccine for the climate crisis,” McCabe told CNN Sport.

The issue is a very real and personal one for the Irishman.

He’s a resident of Phibsborough, a neighborhood in the north of Dublin, and a member of local club, Bohemian FC.

In January this year the top-flight Irish football team unveiled McCabe as their new signing.

Not the marauding midfielder or sharpshooter striker that some supporters might have desired. Instead, the club’s Climate Justice Officer – a newly created voluntary role and the first position of its kind in world football.

Seán McCabe was appointed Bohemians first Climate Justice Officer in January 2021

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The inconvenient truth is that the global game is not immune to changing climactic conditions.

A study published last year by the Rapid Transition Alliance forecasts that in time extreme weather events and sea level rises caused by climate change will flood stadiums and playing fields.