In the London marathon in 2019 runners left behind 350,000 plastic bottles scattered along the city’s roads, according to the company Veolia UK, responsible for cleaning the route.
It is very much obvious that some sports activities can also damage the environment and we should know about this to keep their effects to a minimum. Sports organizers and clubs should plan their current and successive sports events with good sustainability guidelines in order to build a healthy environment, cleaner climate and an eco-friendly fan base.
HOW TO ORGANISE SUSTAINABLE SPORTS ACTIVITIES
We can all do our bit when it comes to organizing environmentally friendly competitions. Here are some recommendations to follow:
As an athlete
- Build a self-awareness habit around the principles of responsible consumption.
- Don’t waste water, purchase only the equipment you need and don’t buy single-use plastics and disposable materials.
- If you are riding a bicycle, use ecological glues to mend punctures and avoid skidding. If you are climbing, minimise your use of magnesium.
- Put your waste in a waste bin. If there isn’t one nearby, carry it with you in your backpack or in your hand until you find one.
- Avoid routes through sensitive ecosystems and don’t take short-cuts through crops whether you are on foot, bicycle or horseback.
As an organization
- Build an eco-friendly fan-base by introducing climate education in your sports events and games.
- Facilitate waste separation for participants, collect all the rubbish generated during the event and take it to the place the authorities indicate.
- Promote the saving of energy and water, and the use of re-usable receptacles like refillable bottles, fabric bags, wooden cutlery, etc.
- Make sure all the applicable environmental requirements and standards are met.
- Inform participants that they cannot disturb animals or deviate from the paths.
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