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Men’s Football Reading aims to raise climate change awareness with new kit

READING are hoping to raise awareness of climate change after incorporating “warming stripes” into the design of their new home kit.

Warming stripes are a graphic designed by Professor Ed Hawkins from the University of Reading to illustrate temperature trends throughout history.

Each thin stripe is coloured according to the average temperature of a year, with shades of blue for cooler than average and red for hotter.

The stripes for Reading’s new kit, which was unveiled by the Championship club yesterday, will appear on the shirt sleeves and side of the shorts, depicting climate change during the Royals’ 151-year existence.

The traditional blue and white hoops still appear on the main body of the shirt.

The design comes after the Berkshire club announced they begun a new partnership with the university last month.

Tim Kilpatrick, the club’s head of commercial, said: “Last week we all endured the hottest day on record in Reading and that heatwave aptly underlines how vital it is to spark a conversation about climate change and environmental sustainability.”

Professor Hawkins said: “The climate stripes are intended to start conversations about climate change — and making them visible to thousands of football fans across the country every week brings that to a new audience.”

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