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 costs £52.99 and was unveiled on Monday, will appear on the shirt sleeves and side of the shorts, depicting climate change during the Royals’ 151-year existence.
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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.
“We are not perfect, but this is the start of a journey. We will not aim to change the world overnight but we want to aim to reduce our carbon footprint as a football club and give our fans the opportunity to come with us on the same journey.”
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.”