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Sports and Leisure

Most sports and after-work activities that have a negative impact on the environment. Most equipment used for sports or free time has to be manufactured and is most likely made from artificial materials that require energy and resources. Energy is getting rare and those materials do not decay naturally in our environment when they are not useful any longer. You may find that the sport you like to do is not as "green" as you thought it was. Look below for alternatives or good ideas to enjoy your sport while polluting less.

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Burn fat - not oil Find a hobby that does not depend on gasoline or require fossil fuel powered engines. Snowmobiles, ATVs, motocross bikes, personal water craft, motorboats, are all terrible polluters. They are designed for having fun and very little attention is given to environmental issues. Best for the environment would be if they were not used for fun at all. Use your own power to have fun!
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Use a vehicle with a 4-stroke engine A four-stroke engine burns cleaner. You find many polluting high performance 2-stroke engines in snowmobiles, ATVs, personal water crafts, scooters, motocross bikes, etc.
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Use your snowmobile only when necessary In some areas they are necessary to live and to work. In some areas you just cannot get around easily at some times of the year. If you do not use them to have fun, but instead restrict their use to when it is really needed you shave of a good amount of pollution.
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Use dogsled instead of snowmobile If you do not use the snowmobile at all you do not pollute at all with fossil fuel fumes. Few people can do this.
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Use bio fuels Bio fuels, such a fuels derived from plants (ethanol, bio diesel, veggie diesel), are carbon neutral. That means the carbon dioxide output by burning is the same than the carbon dioxide that was consumed by the plants when they grew. Ethanol burns much cleaner than gaoline in general. There is debate whether the high energy needed to PRODUCE the fuel makes the use of these fuels a reasonable alternative. There is also a valid debate whether using food crops (or high quality farm land) should be used to create fuels for machines rather than feeding people.
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Convert engines to run on ethanol Ethanol is an alcohol. It burns much cleaner than gasoline and creates less pollution than burning gasoline.
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Purchase vehicles/motors with better gasoline consumption If you operate a vehicle or sports equipment with a more efficient engine you will pollute less.
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Operate the vehicle less often at full throttle
Operating an engine at full throttle results in much more pollution than operating the motor at, say three-quarter throttle.
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Turn the engine off when vehicle is standing still If the engine is not running you are not creating pollution. Just like with cars, if your vehicle is standing still for longer than 10 seconds you can shut down the engine. It is better for the air you breathe.
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Keep engines tuned very well A well tuned engine consumes less gas or diesel.
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Avoid active or passive participation in any motor sport Any motor sport creates pollution for entertainment. Most motor sports require high performance engines. No one who develops high performance engines cares about the damages inflicted on the environment (and ultimately human beings) that are the result. You may not like to hear this, but if it has an internal combustion engine and is used for entertainment someone has fun at the expense of others.
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Join a gym that is on the way Combine trips. Don't go out of your way and create more pollution because you like one gym better than the one on the way. If you have to take the trip anyways, do several things in one trip without making it a longer trip.
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Exercise where you live The more you travel (unless you bike or walk) the more you pollute. Move closer to where you want to exercise – choose a sport you can do where you live.
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Encourage your children to participate in sports that do not require frequent travel The more you travel (unless you bike or walk) the more you pollute. Encourage (or tell) your children to choose a sport that can be done close to where you live or have to go anyways. Just like with candy consumption, it is about understanding long-term effects.
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Avoid road trips for the sake of the road trip Driving around just because you like driving around or want to see what is going by the car window is creating pollution for your entertainment. Do you spit in the soup that is for all need to eat just because you find it entertaining?
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Forget driving pleasure cars/sports cars/hot rods/vintage cars/etc.
Driving around a pleasure car just because you like driving around is creating pollution for your entertainment and your ego. Find something to be admired for that does not pollute.
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Choose a sport that does not pollute

Some sports pollute a lot when you practice them and/or have a high negative impact on the environment. Avoid any indoor ice and snow sport especially during summer. In addition avoid skiing & snowboarding, water-skiing, wake boarding, golf, any motor sport, parachuting, any sport that happens on frequently mowed grass fields (soccer, baseball, softball, field hockey). Avoid sports where you have to transport equipment for long distances or in which you need to use equipment made from materials that cannot be recycled or reused (e.g. skiing or snowboarding equipment, sailboats, surfboards, tennis rackets). Stay away from any sport that requires the constant use of machines or a human-made environment in need of constant maintenance.

Not much left? Well, that's the way it is. We did not say it would be easy. Running, yoga, most martial arts, shot put, javelin, and discus throwing, walking, hiking, snow-shoeing, weight-lifting, sledding, kayaking and canoeing (with non-fiberglass boats) on natural rivers, cross/back-country skiing, rollerblading, and biking (if you keep equipment for many years), juggling, and other sports that need little equipment and/or human-made or maintained facilities should result in pollution levels that are sustainable.

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Use a small camper instead of a huge RV

RVs have terrible gas mileage. They are probably the worst vehicles that can be driven by regular people in regard to gas consumption per passenger. If you really need a camper get the smallest one and don't pull another vehicle. Best is a pop-up camper because it creates the least increase in wind-resistance when it is towed.

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Bring bikes instead of a car When traveling by RV (which is polluting) you could at least bring bicycles rather than making it worse by pulling a car or even an SUV. Pulling additional vehicles increases the already terrible gas consumption and you pollute when you use the car. You do not pollute when you transport or use the bikes.
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Hike or bike when geocaching Geocaching means for many driving around in a car to find and/or hide little trinkets of no value. It is fun, but probably not a wise activity for the current situation. Try hiding or searching for treasures when you are in the area anyways or by hiking or biking.
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Use a digital camera Digital photography does not require the dangerous chemicals for developing film.
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