Sports, just like any other global endeavor such as industry and tourism, are beginning to have an impact on the environment. As a result, so-called eco-friendly sports have risen in popularity, with both amateur and professional players concerned about the environment's influence.
A healthy environment falls in line with being healthy and participating in sports. Many sporting events, such as the Olympics, are dependent on nature and have environmental consequences.
Through inspiring, uniting, and engaging millions of people, sports have the capacity to combat climate change and promote sustainable development. Are you wondering how you can go eco in sports? Scroll down and see how mankind can give its contribution to saving our planet.
Eco-friendly sports equipment
Plastic also makes up a large portion of the gear used in numerous sports (for example, swimming produces many silicon and latex swim caps, and when they break, they are tossed away.) Thousands of sports balls are tossed away as well. Uniforms and equipment contribute to the trash produced by teams and athletes around the world, necessitating the use of equipment that lasts longer or is recyclable. How can we turn things into new goods by upcycling them? Is it possible to manufacture this equipment out of a variety of materials? Environmental policies must also take into account sporting equipment. The eco friendly soccer ball is new on the market and we should all embrace it as soon as possible.
When it comes to combating climate change, everyone has an obligation to take. Climate change will have an influence on all sports, from the top, international levels to the bottom, local levels in communities all over the world, and will have a severe negative impact on developing countries. Luckily, lots of eco sports such as eco basketball are on the rise and there’s hope that we will be back on the right track very soon.
The necessity of environmental education is now apparent in sports. Avoiding and minimizing sports-related environmental damage entails active participants in sports. Environmental education should encourage individuals who participate in sports to have environmentally friendly attitudes and behaviors, as well as guarantee that environmental planning and legislative actions are generally accepted through producing understanding among those who participate in sports.
Sport's long-term viability necessitates not just the avoidance of excessive traffic, but also the supply and usage of environmentally friendly modes of transportation. The goal and actuality remain a long way apart. In today's sport, "car transportation" is the primary mode of transportation. As a result, the sport has a significant impact on traffic volumes and, as a result, climate change. Already, more than half of all car miles are driven during leisure time, with 25% of those miles being tied to sports, as per Swiss research. Make sure you use eco-friendly transportation when possible or at least share rides.
Sports venues only take up around 5% of the space used by outside amenities.
In the case of sports halls, excessive energy consumption and water use are the primary major cause of environmental damage. In Germany, for example, one hall requires roughly 400,000 kWh of energy per year to operate. Heating/hot water supply systems, thermal insulation, and lighting are now the primary targets for lowering energy usage in sports venues. Practical examples illustrate that sports facilities have a lot of possibilities for energy and water conservation. To fully realize this potential, current, resource-saving equipment must be installed, as well as human habits.
The sports sector must seize this opportunity to improve. While embracing sport for development, we must consider environmental sustainability as well when putting programs in place all around the world.
Climate change requires bold governance and serious action. We all have a role to play if we wish to keep participating in sports and a healthy environment.
Published by Jason Warner