‘Eco-friendly’ is seldom associated with sport. Many people are oblivious of the resources involved in establishing and maintaining sports facilities.
Sports fields require vast amounts of water, fertilizer, time, money and energy (directly through powering maintenance equipment and buildings, and indirectly through water supplies and fertilizer). Let’s not mention the vast distances travelled by spectators and participants, in addition to managing waste and recycling at sports venues.
Let’s divide sport into two broad categories: water and land-based. With water sports, surfers are often the most conscious about their sports eco-footprint; riding the waves with many who inhabit the oceans. At the opposite end of the spectrum, there are jetski or speedboat enthusiasts. It is unlikely they would prioritize their water craft’s environmental impact over its performance.
As land-based sports are (usually) more visible and accessible to people than their water counterparts, this often leads to greater impacts on the natural environment. Other than the aforementioned concerns about the burden of resources on the natural environment, there has been (and continues to be) disquiet generated about the labor conditions of sports garments and equipment.
There are exceptions across the spectrum, of course. More companies are taking initiative to supply certified eco-friendly and Fairtrade® products emerging on the market. Organizations, such as The Green Sports Alliance, have created a foundation for sustainability in sport. The GSA’s mission includes “…inspiring sports leagues, teams, venues, their partners and millions of fans to embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, species preservation, safer chemicals and other environmentally preferable practices.” At present, the GSA focuses on North America. Despite, their initiative sets a solid precedent for sports organizations across the globe.
Whilst there are many environmentalists who don’t enjoy sports, and various sports-fans that are not eco-minded, there are many that, one day, would like to reconcile the two. Ultimately, we are all in this together. Every facet of our society needs to be more eco-friendly. So let’s raise a glass to celebrate any small triumphs that are achieved.
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